The pygmy date palm, a native of Southeast Asia, is prized by landscapers for its small stature, slow growth and ease of care. Trees generally mature at anywhere from 6 feet to 12 feet in height. They require little maintenance aside from regular watering and periodic fertilization. Occasional pruning will help the pygmy date palm retain its green crown.
Put gloves on your hands to protect from spikes pygmy date palm fronds have at their base. They are sharp and can easily prick your skin, so wear protection.
Cut only dead or damaged fronds as close to the trunk as you can get. Never cut fronds that hang above a line parallel to the ground. Work your way around the palm tree, trimming as you go.
Remove flowers, which tend to eat up nutrients that otherwise could be used for further palm growth.