Plant Care Phoenix Roebelenii

Phoenix Roebelenii

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About Phoenix Roebelenii

The pygmy date palm is a small palm that does well indoors, but can grow over 20 feet tall in its native habitat of southeast Asia. Though they rarely flower indoors, if grown outdoors they can produce hundreds of small fruits that resemble a date. 🌴


Phoenix roebelenii

Also known as

Pygmy Date Palm, Pygmy Date Palm, pygmy date palm, miniature date palm and robellini

How to care for Phoenix Roebelenii

💦 Water

How often to water your Phoenix Roebelenii

Water needs for Phoenix Roebelenii
0.5 cups
every 9

Phoenix Roebelenii 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 Roebelenii

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Pygmy Date Palm in your home

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

Phoenix Roebelenii 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 Roebelenii in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Phoenix Roebelenii

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Phoenix Roebelenii: 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 Roebelenii after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Phoenix Roebelenii is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Pygmy Date Palm →

Common Pygmy Date Palm Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Phoenix Roebelenii 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.

Pygmy Date Palm Water Frequency →

Pygmy Date Palm Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Phoenix Roebelenii 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 🏡.

Pygmy Date Palm Light Requirements →

Pygmy Date Palm Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Phoenix Roebelenii is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Pygmy Date Palm Toxicity to Humans →

💨 Humidity

Phoenix Roebelenii 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.

Pygmy Date Palm Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Phoenix Roebelenii 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!

When and How to Successfully Repot Pygmy Date Palm →

💩 Fertilizer

Phoenix Roebelenii 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 Pygmy Date Palm →

❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Phoenix Roebelenii 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 Roebelenii is native to Southern Europe through Northern Africa to China.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Phoenix Roebelenii bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Phoenix Roebelenii grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Pygmy Date Palm →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Phoenix Roebelenii can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9b-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Pygmy Date Palm Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Phoenix Roebelenii can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Phoenix Roebelenii, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

🧐 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 Roebelenii

Phoenix Roebelenii

Phoenix Roebelenii

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Phoenix Roebelenii has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Phoenix Roebelenii has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Phoenix Roebelenii has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Phoenix Roebelenii has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Phoenix Roebelenii has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
Phoenix Roebelenii has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Phoenix Roebelenii has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
@Bay_Hug avatar
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 544 XP

Mine died so fast😭

Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
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leaf-1 64 Plants
xp 5,654 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA

I love this plant I’m trying to revive it I might move it outside in the summer but she’s been living her best life since last years she’s still here

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 64 Plants
xp 746 XP
globe Vernal, UT

He dislikes bright direct sunlight, otherwise they will burn

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 49 XP
globe Westland, MI

Dangerous thorns at base of leaves

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