Palm plants, also known as palm trees, make up a significant part of the landscape plants located in subtropical and tropical areas of the world. When properly cared for, palm trees can be very aesthetically pleasing. Proper fertilization, watering, pruning and mulching will keep your palm plants looking their best. However, if proper care practices aren't followed, palm trees, like any other plant, will suffer. The good news is that it's easy to care for palm plants and takes just a little time.
Fertilize your palm plants with a slow-release palm fertilizer two to four times per year. Use 8 oz. of fertilizer per inch of trunk diameter. Spread the fertilizer from the edge of the palm tree's canopy to within 1 foot from the palm tree trunk.
Water the palm plants during periods of dry weather. Irrigate under the entire canopy of the palm tree and provide 1 inch of water per week to the irrigation area.
Prune your palm plants only as necessary. Prune off dead or dying fronds with a pruning shears. Leave green fronds on unless it's absolutely necessary to remove them.
Put down a layer of mulch that is 2 to 6 inches thick around your palm tree. The mulch should start 6 inches away from the trunk and extend for 18 inches.