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How to Fertilize a Palm Tree

Updated: Mar 9

Palms are very easy to grow when planted in the right spot and cared for properly. A vital component of palm tree care is proper fertilization. Palm trees require a steady diet of several nutrients and micronutrients, particularly nitrogen (N), potassium (K), magnesium (Mg), manganese (Mn), and iron (Fe). All are critical to the health of palm trees.

Newly Planted Palms

Newly planted palms should not be fertilized until after they put out a new spear. In general, DO NOT fertilize newly installed palm for the first 6 months after planting.

Type of fertilizer to apply

Palm trees nutritional needs are easily met by following a yearly fertilization program. Mature palms in the landscape should be fertilized with 8-2-12 fertilizer which is a complete, water soluble, palm tree fertilizer, specially formulated for palms and containing all the essential elements and manganese: a mineral that helps prevent yellowing and necrosis between the leaf veins and a reduction in leaf size.

When to apply fertilizer to palms

Palm fertilizer should be applied up to three (3) times per year once your Palm shows the need for fertilizer. Palms can suffer from a number of conditions based on the nutrients deficient in the soil. The most common nutrient deficiency is potassium, the first signs of which will be some sort of yellowing of older leaves. We recommend applications in March, June and September. Be sure to only fertilize during the growing season (end of March through end of October). Cease fertilization two months prior to the average first frost date in your area.

Proper Application

Apply the fertilizer per the manufacturers instructions at least 1-2 feet away from the trunk of the palm. The palm can be easily scared or burned if the fertilizer is applied too close to the trunk. Ensure an adequate amount of water is applied and never fertilize on dry soil.

We are available to assist with any questions and look forward to helping you grow a beautiful landscape full of palm trees. Call 910-742-8286 for assistance!

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