How to Trim a Queen Palm

Overview

Queen palms are low maintenance and should be pruned lightly in the fall. Always be careful of damaging the trunk of a Queen palm. The palm is unable to repair damage to the trunk, and holes or cuts in the trunk can allow insects or disease a path into the tree. Consider the height of the tree and your ability to reach the top of the tree, before taking on the pruning of a Queen palm yourself. If the tree is too tall, then consider hiring a professional tree trimmer.

Step 1

Look for dead and dying palm fronds in the fall. Dead and dying palm fronds will be brown or yellow and will be hanging downward. Also look for stems that contained blooms or have seeds; these need to be removed as well.

Step 2

Put on heavy gloves and eye goggles. Set up a ladder to help you reach the dead or dying fronds and the seed branches.

Step 3

Saw the dead or dying fronds and the seed branches from the tree using a pruning saw on a pole. Use a back-and-forth motion to saw each branch approximately 3 inches away from the trunk of the tree, being careful not to cut or otherwise damage the trunk.

Step 4

Be aware of where the fronds will fall when they are cut; do not be directly under them.

Step 5

Remove all cut fronds and seeds. Do not leave old fronds or seeds around the base of the tree, because doing so can encourage insects or disease.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be careful that fronds do not fall on people, animals or objects that could be damaged. Always wear heavy gloves, long sleeves and eye goggles when working with palm fronds; they can be sharp.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Ladder
  • Pruning saw

References

  • Sun Palm Trees: Queen Palm Trees
  • Brevard Home Redesign: Palm Pruning, the Right Way
  • Palm Clip: Trimming the Queen Palm Tree
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About this Author

Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for TV, everything from SMURFS to SPIDER-MAN.