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Pygmy date palm

Minature Date Palm

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General Information

  • Instruction By Julie Bawden-Davis
    Notes Slow-growing palm that eventually reaches 8-10 ft high. Commonly known as the pygmy date palm. Single-stemmed, but sometimes grouped with other palms in the same container. The characteristic stem is covered with old leaf bases. Leaves are bright green and grow to about 4 feet long. Plant features cream-colored flowers from which small black dates form on female plants.

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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Water

    Keep the tree well watered, but not soggy. Avoid letting indoor and outdoor potted plants dry out. Water when the first two inches of soil has dried out.
    2. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.
    February
    1. Water

    Keep the tree well watered, but not soggy. Avoid letting indoor and outdoor potted plants dry out. Water when the first two inches of soil has dried out.
    2. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.
    March
    1. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for palms. Such fertilizers contain essential magnesium and potassium, which pygmy date palms require for healthy growth.
    2. Water

    Keep the tree well watered, but not soggy. Avoid letting indoor and outdoor potted plants dry out. Water when the first two inches of soil has dried out.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy when readily available in the nursery or via mail-order. (Specialty palm nurseries generally have pygmy date palms available year-round.)
    2. Plant

    Plant outdoors in a full sun or partial shade location in well-draining soil. Locate indoors in a spot with bright light, such as near a southern or eastern window. Avoid placing indoor potted plants near heater or air-conditioning ducts.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for palms. Such fertilizers contain essential magnesium and potassium, which pygmy date palms require for healthy growth.
    4. Water

    Keep the tree well watered, but not soggy. Avoid letting indoor and outdoor potted plants dry out. Water when the first two inches of soil has dried out.
    5. Prune

    Prune out dead leaves as they form at the base of the trunk. Use protective eyewear and gloves when pruning, as plants have harmful spines.
    6. Mulch

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    7. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.
    8. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy when readily available in the nursery or via mail-order. (Specialty palm nurseries generally have pygmy date palms available year-round.)
    2. Plant

    Plant outdoors in a full sun or partial shade location in well-draining soil. Locate indoors in a spot with bright light, such as near a southern or eastern window. Avoid placing indoor potted plants near heater or air-conditioning ducts.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for palms. Such fertilizers contain essential magnesium and potassium, which pygmy date palms require for healthy growth.
    4. Prune

    Prune out dead leaves as they form at the base of the trunk. Use protective eyewear and gloves when pruning, as plants have harmful spines.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy when readily available in the nursery or via mail-order. (Specialty palm nurseries generally have pygmy date palms available year-round.)
    2. Plant

    Plant outdoors in a full sun or partial shade location in well-draining soil. Locate indoors in a spot with bright light, such as near a southern or eastern window. Avoid placing indoor potted plants near heater or air-conditioning ducts.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for palms. Such fertilizers contain essential magnesium and potassium, which pygmy date palms require for healthy growth.
    4. Water

    Keep the tree well watered, but not soggy. Avoid letting indoor and outdoor potted plants dry out. Water when the first two inches of soil has dried out.
    5. Prune

    Prune out dead leaves as they form at the base of the trunk. Use protective eyewear and gloves when pruning, as plants have harmful spines.
    6. Mulch

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    7. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.
    8. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.
    July
    1. Buy

    Buy when readily available in the nursery or via mail-order. (Specialty palm nurseries generally have pygmy date palms available year-round.)
    2. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for palms. Such fertilizers contain essential magnesium and potassium, which pygmy date palms require for healthy growth.
    3. Water

    Keep the tree well watered, but not soggy. Avoid letting indoor and outdoor potted plants dry out. Water when the first two inches of soil has dried out.
    4. Prune

    Prune out dead leaves as they form at the base of the trunk. Use protective eyewear and gloves when pruning, as plants have harmful spines.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.
    August
    1. Buy

    Buy when readily available in the nursery or via mail-order. (Specialty palm nurseries generally have pygmy date palms available year-round.)
    2. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for palms. Such fertilizers contain essential magnesium and potassium, which pygmy date palms require for healthy growth.
    3. Water

    Keep the tree well watered, but not soggy. Avoid letting indoor and outdoor potted plants dry out. Water when the first two inches of soil has dried out.
    4. Prune

    Prune out dead leaves as they form at the base of the trunk. Use protective eyewear and gloves when pruning, as plants have harmful spines.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.
    September
    1. Buy

    Buy when readily available in the nursery or via mail-order. (Specialty palm nurseries generally have pygmy date palms available year-round.)
    2. Plant

    Plant outdoors in a full sun or partial shade location in well-draining soil. Locate indoors in a spot with bright light, such as near a southern or eastern window. Avoid placing indoor potted plants near heater or air-conditioning ducts.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for palms. Such fertilizers contain essential magnesium and potassium, which pygmy date palms require for healthy growth.
    4. Water

    Keep the tree well watered, but not soggy. Avoid letting indoor and outdoor potted plants dry out. Water when the first two inches of soil has dried out.
    5. Prune

    Prune out dead leaves as they form at the base of the trunk. Use protective eyewear and gloves when pruning, as plants have harmful spines.
    6. Mulch

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.
    7. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.
    8. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.
    October
    1. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for palms. Such fertilizers contain essential magnesium and potassium, which pygmy date palms require for healthy growth.
    2. Water

    Keep the tree well watered, but not soggy. Avoid letting indoor and outdoor potted plants dry out. Water when the first two inches of soil has dried out.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.
    November
    1. Water

    Keep the tree well watered, but not soggy. Avoid letting indoor and outdoor potted plants dry out. Water when the first two inches of soil has dried out.
    2. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.
    December
    1. Water

    Keep the tree well watered, but not soggy. Avoid letting indoor and outdoor potted plants dry out. Water when the first two inches of soil has dried out.
    2. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    April

    Buy when readily available in the nursery or via mail-order. (Specialty palm nurseries generally have pygmy date palms available year-round.)

    May

    Buy when readily available in the nursery or via mail-order. (Specialty palm nurseries generally have pygmy date palms available year-round.)

    June

    Buy when readily available in the nursery or via mail-order. (Specialty palm nurseries generally have pygmy date palms available year-round.)

    July

    Buy when readily available in the nursery or via mail-order. (Specialty palm nurseries generally have pygmy date palms available year-round.)

    August

    Buy when readily available in the nursery or via mail-order. (Specialty palm nurseries generally have pygmy date palms available year-round.)

    September

    Buy when readily available in the nursery or via mail-order. (Specialty palm nurseries generally have pygmy date palms available year-round.)

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    April

    Plant outdoors in a full sun or partial shade location in well-draining soil. Locate indoors in a spot with bright light, such as near a southern or eastern window. Avoid placing indoor potted plants near heater or air-conditioning ducts.

    May

    Plant outdoors in a full sun or partial shade location in well-draining soil. Locate indoors in a spot with bright light, such as near a southern or eastern window. Avoid placing indoor potted plants near heater or air-conditioning ducts.

    June

    Plant outdoors in a full sun or partial shade location in well-draining soil. Locate indoors in a spot with bright light, such as near a southern or eastern window. Avoid placing indoor potted plants near heater or air-conditioning ducts.

    September

    Plant outdoors in a full sun or partial shade location in well-draining soil. Locate indoors in a spot with bright light, such as near a southern or eastern window. Avoid placing indoor potted plants near heater or air-conditioning ducts.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    March

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for palms. Such fertilizers contain essential magnesium and potassium, which pygmy date palms require for healthy growth.

    April

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for palms. Such fertilizers contain essential magnesium and potassium, which pygmy date palms require for healthy growth.

    May

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for palms. Such fertilizers contain essential magnesium and potassium, which pygmy date palms require for healthy growth.

    June

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for palms. Such fertilizers contain essential magnesium and potassium, which pygmy date palms require for healthy growth.

    July

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for palms. Such fertilizers contain essential magnesium and potassium, which pygmy date palms require for healthy growth.

    August

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for palms. Such fertilizers contain essential magnesium and potassium, which pygmy date palms require for healthy growth.

    September

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for palms. Such fertilizers contain essential magnesium and potassium, which pygmy date palms require for healthy growth.

    October

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for palms. Such fertilizers contain essential magnesium and potassium, which pygmy date palms require for healthy growth.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    Keep the tree well watered, but not soggy. Avoid letting indoor and outdoor potted plants dry out. Water when the first two inches of soil has dried out.

    February

    Keep the tree well watered, but not soggy. Avoid letting indoor and outdoor potted plants dry out. Water when the first two inches of soil has dried out.

    March

    Keep the tree well watered, but not soggy. Avoid letting indoor and outdoor potted plants dry out. Water when the first two inches of soil has dried out.

    April

    Keep the tree well watered, but not soggy. Avoid letting indoor and outdoor potted plants dry out. Water when the first two inches of soil has dried out.

    June

    Keep the tree well watered, but not soggy. Avoid letting indoor and outdoor potted plants dry out. Water when the first two inches of soil has dried out.

    July

    Keep the tree well watered, but not soggy. Avoid letting indoor and outdoor potted plants dry out. Water when the first two inches of soil has dried out.

    August

    Keep the tree well watered, but not soggy. Avoid letting indoor and outdoor potted plants dry out. Water when the first two inches of soil has dried out.

    September

    Keep the tree well watered, but not soggy. Avoid letting indoor and outdoor potted plants dry out. Water when the first two inches of soil has dried out.

    October

    Keep the tree well watered, but not soggy. Avoid letting indoor and outdoor potted plants dry out. Water when the first two inches of soil has dried out.

    November

    Keep the tree well watered, but not soggy. Avoid letting indoor and outdoor potted plants dry out. Water when the first two inches of soil has dried out.

    December

    Keep the tree well watered, but not soggy. Avoid letting indoor and outdoor potted plants dry out. Water when the first two inches of soil has dried out.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    April

    Prune out dead leaves as they form at the base of the trunk. Use protective eyewear and gloves when pruning, as plants have harmful spines.

    May

    Prune out dead leaves as they form at the base of the trunk. Use protective eyewear and gloves when pruning, as plants have harmful spines.

    June

    Prune out dead leaves as they form at the base of the trunk. Use protective eyewear and gloves when pruning, as plants have harmful spines.

    July

    Prune out dead leaves as they form at the base of the trunk. Use protective eyewear and gloves when pruning, as plants have harmful spines.

    August

    Prune out dead leaves as they form at the base of the trunk. Use protective eyewear and gloves when pruning, as plants have harmful spines.

    September

    Prune out dead leaves as they form at the base of the trunk. Use protective eyewear and gloves when pruning, as plants have harmful spines.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    April

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    May

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    June

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    July

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    August

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    September

    Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    January

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.

    February

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.

    March

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.

    April

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.

    May

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.

    June

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.

    July

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.

    August

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.

    September

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.

    October

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.

    November

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.

    December

    Check for signs of scale and leaf spot.

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    January

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.

    February

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.

    March

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.

    April

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.

    May

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.

    June

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.

    July

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.

    August

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.

    September

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.

    October

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.

    November

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.

    December

    Treat scale by spraying with fine horticultural oil. When leaf spot occurs, remove the infected leaves and prevent re-infestation by avoiding overhead watering.

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