How to Plant a Pygmy Date Palm


The pygmy date palm originated in the Persian Gulf and flourished along the Euphrates River. History alludes to the cultural significance of the date palm through ancient monies, sculptures, weavings, literature and song. Today, pygmy date palms are one of the most widely used plants in tropical landscaping. Their slow growth and easy care are ideal for most homeowners.

Step 1

Choose a location for your pygmy date palm. These tropical plants like full sun but can tolerate light shade. Look for an area with good drainage and room for growth.

Step 2

Purchase a young pygmy date palm from a local nursery. Pygmy date palms commonly come in 3-gallon, 15-gallon and 25-gallon pots.

Step 3

Dig a hole that's at least 6 inches larger than the width of the container, and deep enough to cover the root ball with 2 to 3 inches of soil.

Step 4

Fill the bottom of the hole with about 2 to 4 inches of sand to ensure proper drainage.

Step 5

Fill the rest of the hole with a mixture of 50-percent sand and 50-percent original soil. The root ball should be 2 to 4 inches below the surface.

Step 6

Firmly stamp on the soil with your foot to flatten the soil and eliminate any air pockets.

Step 7

Cover the surface with mulch. Spread mulch 2 to 3 feet around the base of the plant. This will keep the soil moist and prevent an onslaught of weeds.

Step 8

Water your palm immediately after planting. During hot summers, water your palm three times per week to keep its leaves green.

Tips and Warnings

  • Protect your date palm from frost by wrapping the roots and branches in plastic.


  • Purdue University
  • Pacific Palms Nursery
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Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. Her work has appeared in various newspapers, magazines and journals. Shipman has also authored three collections of poetry: "Cold Days," "Bastante" and "Short Poems." She earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Southwestern University.