Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii)

Pygmy Date Palm

$54.95

What is Pygmy Date Palm

Turn your yard into a tropical get away with the exotic Pygmy Date Palm.

Save space with this compact miniature palm. It can fit anywhere, in the corners of your garden, by the deck or pool.

Place it in a container and place it on the porch to frame entryways. If your area gets too cold for the palm, simply bring it inside once the weather gets cold.

It has upright green branches covered with long slender leaflets. The branches curve towards the top to provide an elegant open crown. It will wave hello to your guests and neighbors as they pass by, making them jealous of its beauty.

In warmer climates, you may even see your Pygmy Date Palm bloom with small, creamy white flowers, giving Pygmy Date Palms a unique, eye-catching look.

Looking for more palm trees to add to your collection? Check out our guide to popular types of palm trees.

Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii) Phoenix roebelenii

How to Grow and Care for Pygmy Date Palm

Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii) Growing Requirements

Hardiness zone 4-11 patio / 10-11 outdoors

Sun exposure

Plant your Pygmy Date Palm in an area that receives full-partial sun (4-6 hours of direct sunlight per day).

Fertilizing

If necessary, use a palm-specific fertilizer for your Palm. Slow-release fertilizer is best to allow the smaller root system to uptake what it needs. Apply close to the base and start in spring/follow specific fertilizer instructions.

Planting

You don’t have to immediately repot your plant – you’ll only need to repot approximately every other year, once your Palm outgrows its shipped container or original pot. Increase the pot size by 2 inches each time you repot to accommodate new growth. 

If growing outdoors make sure you give the palm well-draining soil and adequate space above to grow. 

Watering

Mist your Palm weekly if kept indoors in addition to regular watering – this ensures that its native humid climate is simulated in your home. If you’re not sure when to water, simply check the soil about 2 inches down. If the soil is dry here, it’s time to water.

GCP Tip

If fronds begin to yellow, it could be a sign of overwatering. If you see yellowed fronds, allow time for the soil to dry before watering your plant again. Browning fronds, however, mean that your Palm is not getting enough water and needs more. Using a well-draining potting mix is key in getting this balance.

Pruning

Simply any fronds as they turn yellow or brown. This improves the look of your plant and creates clean space for healthier green fronds to grow.

Fertilizing

You can apply palm fertilizers that contain specific nutrients best suited for palms. If you prefer, you can also use a balanced fertilizer, such as an 8-8-8 formula, for quicker growth in spring and summer.

Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii) Details

Common name Pygmy Date Palm
Botanical name Phoenix roebelenii
Plant type Palm Trees
Hardiness zone 4-11 patio / 10-11 outdoors
Growth rate Slow
Height 6-7 ft Indoors   7-12 ft Outdoors
Width 3-5 ft Indoors  3-5 ft Outdoors