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Pygmy Date Palm

Phoenix roebelenii

$104.00
Size: Small
Pot: Eco Planter
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  • Pet Safe:Yes

  • Care Level:I'm Easy

  • Overall Size: 10" to 14" W 24" to 36" H

This Pigmy Date Palm brings tropical vibes into any space. Also known as the Phoenix Roebelenii pygmy date palm, its name suggests it's small but this little cutie can grow. Expect heights of six to twelve feet if you look after it well. It originally comes from Southeast Asia, so if you live in a USDA Zone 10-11 it'll thrive on your patio. Otherwise, it makes an excellent indoor plant.

Pygmy Date Palm
Pygmy Date Palm

About Pygmy Date Palm

With age, the Pygmy Date Palm can give the appearance of a pineapple-like trunk. As old leaf base debris is eliminated, the result is a knobby look of the upper trunk and provides the specimen with a very appealing and unusual shape at the crown.

Care Level: I'm Easy

Super easy to care for and perfect for beginners.

Pet Friendly: Yes

Safe for pets.

Origins

Native to southeastern Asia, from southwestern China, northern Laos and northern Vietnam.

Fun Facts

Survives underneath cover of dense forests and is one of the most common landscape small landscape palms in Florida.

Popular for growing outdoors (but very suitable for indoor growing as well), this palm gets its name from its small, ornamental fruits that resemble dates.

Pygmy Date Palm

Great For Spaces That…

  • Great for spaces with higher ceilings
  • Great for space with room for a grouping of plants
  • Great for spaces with bright indirect light
  • Great for spaces with shelving or with an upward climbing trellis

Phoenix roebelenii Care Guide

  • High

    Best in medium to bright indirect light.

  • Medium

    Water well when received, then allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Enjoys being on the moist side.

  • Medium

    Enjoys humidity. Spritz occasionally.

  • 60 to 85

    Keep in it's ideal temperatures so that it will remain healthy.

  • 9|10

    Outside: Keep in filtered sun to full shade. Nightime temperatures need to remain above 50°F for healthy growth.

  • Seasonally

    Apply a slow release fertilizer especially formulated for rose plants because these palms like the magnesium to prevent yellow spots on the fronds.  Apply once during the spring, summer and fall season. If using a liquid fertilizer, use it at half strength monthly throughout the growing season. Let it rest during the winter.

  • 2 Years

    When receiving the plant, do not repot immediately but wait at least 6-12 months or if the roots are beginning to get crowded and growing through the drainage holes.

    Repot in the spring, using a 2" bigger pot. Use a well-draining indoor potting mix with perlite to help with drainage. 

    Water your plant in the old pot before transferring over and let it sit an hour. Place a piece of screening at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to secure the soil and allow it to drain. Add soil to the bottom to elevate the root ball. Lift the plant and release the roots against the existing planter. Use a clean knife or garden trowel to wedge between the pot and the soil to loosen.

  • Bi-annually

    Use sterilized pruners and remove any dead, damaged, or diseased fronds off the plant. Wear gloves to remove the sharp spines at the leaflets' base on the fronds. Prune away fronds that are at the base of the plant. It is not unusual that the plant will shed its lower leaves from time to time. To clean debris and dust off the leaves:

    Place the palm in a shower or tub.

    Fill a watering can with a shower spout with filtered, bottled, or water free of chlorine and fluoride.

    Shower the leaves, so each one is clear of dust and dirt.

    Let the water drain and replace your palm in the decorative container.

  • Cuttings

    Release the soil around the sucker with a garden fork. Carefully uncover and remove the sucker and associated roots. Do not disturb the mother plant.

    Using a sharp knife to cut the sucker while keeping in tack the detached portions fibrous roots. Repair and add soil around the parent plant.

    Reduce long, leafy shoots by removing about half of the stem and leaves. 

    Plant the sucker into a well-draining potting mix with perlite added.

    Water well after securing the soil around the roots. Keep a consistent watering schedule for the first year.

Pygmy Date Palm

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