Queen palms, also known as Syagrus romanzoffiana, make an attractive landscape palm in the extreme southern parts of the United States. The queen palm is a fast-growing tree. This makes it a choice palm to plant. The queen palm flourishes when given proper care, but can rapidly decline when neglected. Queens palms become sick from over-watering, over-fertilizing, damage to the trunk and pests. Fixing these issues will bring your queen palm back to perfect health.
Identify what is causing the queen palm to begin to die. Once identified, take proper action to reverse the issue at hand.
Cut back on watering if queen palm is getting too much water. Ideally, a queen palm should get a good soaking of water once a week. Multiple, small waterings throughout the week promote root rot and/or death. Give the soil seven to ten days to dry out, and water only weekly.
Stop fertilizing the queen palm for a while. Too much fertilizer burns the fronds. Do not add any more fertilizer to the palm for the rest of the growing season. Resume fertilizing next year. Consult information on proper palm fertilizing for correct amounts.
Remove any grass that grows up to the trunk of the queen palm. Apply weed killer to the grass to kill it. Spread a quality wood mulch around the palm, and make the mulched area at least as large as the palm's leaf canopy. Doing this will prevent lawn mower damage to the trunk and regulate soil moisture. This will also prevent competition from grass roots.
Remove any pests from your queen palm. If you have an insect problem, spray a quality insecticide that is safe for palms. If rodents are building nests in your palm, remove all dead foliage. This will limit the space they can inhabit, and they will leave.
Tips & Warnings
- The palm will start showing signs of recovery once a good watering and fertilizing schedule is implemented.
- Consider hiring professional tree trimmers to remove any dead foliage from the palm once a year.
- Don't spray any weed killer on the palm's trunk. If this gets into the tree, it could cause damage and/or death to the palm.
Queen Palm Disease
The death of Queen Palm trees due to disease is becoming a growing problem in the state of Florida, where these beautiful...
How to Revive Wilted Potted Plants
Potted plants battle issues those growing in the ground might never face. Their soil dries out too fast, or it can't drain...
How to Tell If Your Queen Palm Tree Is Still Alive
Queen palm trees, botanical nameSyagrus romanzoffiana, are a tropical plant native to South America. In the United States, the tree grows mostly...
The Palm Plants Are Drying Up & Dying
Growing a palm plant successfully indoors means you have to provide it with an environment akin to the tropics. If your palm...
How to Revive a Frozen, Damaged Palm Tree
While subfreezing temperatures are detrimental or even deadly to some plants, most species of palm trees can recover fully if they experience...
Care for Dying Palm Tree
If entries on expert gardening sites are any indication, dying palm trees are a fairly common problem. Diagnosing a problem at a...
Care for a Chinese Fan Palm
Livistona chinensis, commonly referred to as the Chinese fan palm or fountain palm, features fan-shaped, bright green leaves that grow up to...