Plant Care Phoenix Dactylifera

Phoenix Dactylifera

Also known as

Date Palm, Date Palm, Date and Date Palm Tree

Taxonomy

Phoenix dactylifera
Phoenix
Arecaceae
Arecales

How to care for Phoenix Dactylifera

💦 Water

How often to water your Phoenix Dactylifera

Water needs for Phoenix Dactylifera
0.5 cups
every 9

Phoenix Dactylifera needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Phoenix Dactylifera

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Date Palm in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Phoenix Dactylifera: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Phoenix Dactylifera may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Phoenix Dactylifera in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Phoenix Dactylifera

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Phoenix Dactylifera: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Phoenix Dactylifera after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Phoenix Dactylifera prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Date Palm Water Frequency →

Date Palm Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Phoenix Dactylifera may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Date Palm Light Requirements →

Date Palm Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

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💨 Humidity

Phoenix Dactylifera doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Date Palm Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Phoenix Dactylifera does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Date Palm →

When and How to Successfully Repot Date Palm →


💩 Fertilizer

Phoenix Dactylifera should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Date Palm →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Phoenix Dactylifera to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Phoenix Dactylifera is native to Southern Europe through Northern Africa to China.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Phoenix Dactylifera can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 8a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Date Palm Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Phoenix Dactylifera

Phoenix Dactylifera

Phoenix Dactylifera


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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