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How to Cut Dead Palm Fronds on Houseplants

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017
Cut deal palm fronds on a houseplant to keep the palm healthy and attractive.
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Miniature varieties of palm plants make suitable houseplants. As long as you can provide adequate light and moisture to these sun-loving plants, they will thrive in an indoor environment. Houseplant palms naturally develop yellowed and withered leaves over time, and an attentive gardener will remove this growth to keep the plant healthy and attractive. Cut dead palm fronds on a houseplant when they yellow and shrivel and your potted palm will continue to grow well.

Check for yellowed growth often to ensure you are providing your potted palm with adequate moisture and light. Fronds turning yellow may indicate a palm needs more water. Yellowing tips are normal but you can remove these tips to keep your palm attractive.

Cut away yellowed tips from the palm fronds with the scissors. Follow the natural shape of the frond and snip off almost all of the yellowed portion. By leaving a small border of yellowed leaf around the edge of the frond, you create an edge that may keep the frond from continuing to yellow.

Prune off completely dead and dying fronds from the palm tree by cutting these fronds off between 2 and 3 inches from the central stem or trunk. Removing these leaves will not only improve the appearance of your palm houseplant, but it will also help the palm refocus its energy on healthy growth instead of trying to grow back unhealthy fronds.


Things You Will Need

  • Sharp scissors

About the Author


Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.