Plant Care Pygmy Date Palm

Pygmy Date Palm

4.3 out of 5 (8 experiences)

Pygmy Date Palm has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Pygmy Date Palm

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, miniature date palm and robellini

How to care for Pygmy Date Palm


How often to water your Pygmy Date Palm

Water needs for Pygmy Date Palm
0.5 cups
every 9

Pygmy Date Palm 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 Pygmy Date Palm

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Pygmy Date Palm in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Pygmy Date Palm: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Pygmy Date Palm 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.

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How to fertilize Pygmy Date Palm

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

Difficulty Level

Pygmy Date Palm 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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Pygmy Date Palm

Pygmy Date Palm

Pygmy Date Palm

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

Pygmy Date Palm has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Pygmy Date Palm has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Pygmy Date Palm has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Pygmy Date Palm has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Pygmy Date Palm has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
Pygmy Date Palm has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Pygmy Date Palm has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
@Bay_Hug avatar
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 494 XP

Mine died so fast😭

Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
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leaf-1 71 Plants
xp 4,481 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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