Pygmy Date Palm
4.3 out of 5 (8 experiences)
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. 🌴
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
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.
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Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Pygmy Date Palm in your home
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
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.
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!
Pygmy Date Palm 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 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 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 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 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!
Pygmy Date Palm 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!
It’s common for Pygmy Date Palm to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.
Pygmy Date Palm is native to Southern Europe through Northern Africa to China.
Yes, you may see your Pygmy Date Palm bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.
Pygmy Date Palm grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Pygmy Date Palm can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9b-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Pygmy Date Palm 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 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 Pygmy Date Palm, 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!
Care Summary for Pygmy Date Palm
Pygmy Date Palm
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.