How to Prune Pygmy Date Palm


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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Remove flowers, which tend to eat up nutrients that otherwise could be used for further palm growth.

Tips and Warnings

  • Prune sparingly. Aggressive pruning--cutting fronds that are still green or that hang above a line parallel to the ground--can make the palm tree vulnerable to diseases and lower cold tolerance, vigor and overall health.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden clippers
  • Garden gloves


  • Palm Tree Net
  • Sun Palm Trees
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Thomas K. Arnold is the publisher and editorial director of Home Media Magazine and a regular contributor on entertainment to "USA Today", "The Hollywood Reporter," "San Diego Magazine" and other publications. An alumnus of San Diego State University, Arnold has appeared on such TV shows as "CNN", "E! Entertainment" and "G4's Attack of the Show" to discuss home entertainment and technology issues.