Palm Tree Fertilization

Palm trees nutritional deficiencies are easily prevented by following a yearly fertilization program. Mature palms in the landscape should be fertilized with a complete granular fertilizer formulated for palms.

3 to 4 applications of a palm fertilizer are recommended to provide a constant supply of nutrients during the growing season. Be sure to only fertilize during the growing season (end of March through end of October). If you are using slow release fertilizer, apply it twice a year.

Newly planted palms should not be fertilized until after they put out a new spear, I would say about 2 month after planting.

Providing your palm tree with a quality fertilizer or plant food “supplements” is important, so it can maintain its good “health.” Some places like South Florida has very little nutrient in the soil which is very important for palm tree growth.

You will usually want to use a fertilizer that has nitrogen, phosphate, and potash. I recommend not to buy cheap fertilizer because they simply don’t work. It’s better to use fertilizer that has continuous¬†release formula that feeds your palm tree for few months rather than using a cheap fertilizer that will wash away after 2-3 rains.

Jobe’s Palm Fertilizer

One of the products that I personally love is Jobe’s Palm Fertilizer. This product promotes root development and the long-term vitality of all types of palms. Jobe’s Fertilizer Spikes have a slow release formula that is design to effectively fertilize your palms while protecting them from the common deficiencies of Manganese, Magnesium, Potassium and Iron.

When placed underground near the feeder roots of your palm, the spikes release their nutrients where the tree can best use them. Special binders ensure that the fertilizer dissolves slowly and safely and feeds your tree for up to 6 months.

This is one of the best palm tree fertilizers on today’s market. It is fast, efficient, long lasting method of fertilizing palm trees and has all the nutrients your palm trees need. To avoid nutrient deficiencies, apply Jobe’s Palm Fertilizer spikes twice a year. It can take 6 months or more for a palm to recover from nutritional deficiencies.

Here is Jobe’s Outdoor Palm Fertilizer and Jobe’s Indoor Palm Fertilizer.

~Susan Brian

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7 thoughts on “Palm Tree Fertilization”

  1. I have just started planting from the seed from the four Royal Palm Trees on our property. It is also a horse ranch where fertilizer isn’t a problem and I also have plenty of potash. I also have coral sand. I have ninety plants which are growing but I don’t know if my mixture of ingredients are correct. I am using 3 shovel sand, one and half shovel horse manure, ! thirty pound bag of palm tree dirt, and ten shovels potash which gives me six 12 inch pots plus ten seeds per pot. Plants seem to be growing fine with a little bit of brown which I clip off but the plants continue to grow. Should I change my mixture?

  2. I have grown a beautiful 15′ tall hedge of areca palms. My question is this. When I see a frond turning yellow/brown Ive been pulling it away from the main stalk. The last one was filled with ants. Besides whether or not I should be pilling the fronds (?) are the ants harmful and how can I deal with them. I ‘d appreciate any help you can give me.

  3. How do I find the “feeder roots” which you mention re where to put the fertilizer? When I have seen upended palms the roots seem to form a very small circle around the trunk.

  4. I give my palms leftover\unwanted vegetable stalks\peeling. Sorry to be wasteful, but I just can’t eat broccoli stalks, so I chop them up and compost the soil around my trees. My queen palm is much darker green as a result. Is this good enough, or do I still need chemical fertilizer?

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