How to Keep a Queen Palm Healthy


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.

Step 1

Keep your queen palm tree healthy from the start by planting it in full sun.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Plant in well-drained soil that is acidic; alkaline soil will cause severe mineral deficiencies in your palm.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

Keep turf and weeds away from the trunk of your queen palm; the trunk is easily injured and susceptible to decay.

Things You'll Need

  • Soil pH test kit
  • Manganese or iron
  • Palm tree fertilizer
  • Pruning shears or pruning saw


  • University of Florida Extension: Queen Palm
  • Pacific Palms Nursery: Queen Palm Care

Who Can Help

  • U.S. National Arboretum : USDA Hardiness Zone Map
  • University of Florida Extension: Exotic Palms
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Angie Mansfield is a freelance writer living and working in Minnesota. She began freelancing in 2008. Mansfield's work has appeared in online sites and publications such as theWAHMmagazine, for parents who work at home, and eHow. She is an active member of Absolute Write and Writer's Village University.