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Palms and Cycads: pruning a palm tree

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keepingactive
Thousand Oaks, CA
(Zone 10a)

August 17, 2010
5:45 PM

Post #8046168

How and when do I prune my palm tree.

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


August 19, 2010
11:51 AM

Post #8049742

what sort of tree do you have and how large is it?

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


August 19, 2010
11:53 AM

Post #8049747

here is a link to an article I wrote about pruning palms you can look at to see if it helps any.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/668/
keepingactive
Thousand Oaks, CA
(Zone 10a)

August 19, 2010
5:50 PM

Post #8050391


What a wonderful and informative article. Thank you so much. However, I am at a loss as to what/where a horizontal is.
I hate to be a pain...but can you advise. Sue

"When pruning fan palms and Phoenix palms never prune past the horizontal (don't prune any leaves that are growing above horizontal) as this will severely weaken the palm."
Beach_Barbie
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

August 19, 2010
5:57 PM

Post #8050402

Palmbob,
OK that article was wonderful!
I do have one question. I have been told it's best to trim a palm with a saw, not loppers. That the saw gives a better finished look. Have you heard that?
Barb

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


August 19, 2010
6:36 PM

Post #8050489

depends on the size of the palm frond... Phoenix are too large to 'lop' off and would basically be impossible to cut with loppers... but I find loppers personally make a better cut that a saw, which invariably tears the petiole a bit.

Cut leaves that are hanging down only... if the are coming off the palm and arching up, they should be left on. Ideally really you want to cut only the brown leaves, as the green ones are still working hard taking in energy... but realistically that would mean pruning palms all the time and when you have to hire someone to do that, you would go broke.

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