Queen palms, hardy in zones 9B through 11, are a common sight in some regions, used in landscaping and to line streets or walkways. The queen palm features a gray trunk with leaf scars ringing it and giving it an attractive appearance. The crown of glossy, bright leaves and bright orange clusters of dates add to the beauty of this tree. Queen palms are fairly low-maintenance trees, but their quick growth does require a steady schedule of watering and fertilization to prevent nutrient deficiency.
Keep your queen palm tree healthy from the start by planting it in full sun.
Test the pH of the soil in the area you want to plant your queen palm; soil testers can be purchased at most garden centers.
Plant in well-drained soil that is acidic; alkaline soil will cause severe mineral deficiencies in your palm.
Apply manganese or iron regularly to queen palms planted in alkaline soil to prevent mineral deficiencies that can stunt young leaves and kill the tree.
Stick to a regular schedule of watering and fertilizing to provide your queen palm the moisture and nutrients it needs. Inadequately fertilized queen palms can develop potassium deficiency, which can affect the leaves.
Don't prune too aggressively; your palm tree should only require light pruning to remove stubborn dry leaves. Removing too many fronds at once can cause slower growth and stunted new leaves.
Keep turf and weeds away from the trunk of your queen palm; the trunk is easily injured and susceptible to decay.