Trimming an Indoor Palm Plant

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Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears

  • Sharp scissors


If you notice that the tips of a green frond on your indoor palm plant are yellowing, trim off the unhealthy area with a pair of sharp scissors. Leave the green part of the frond on the plant.


Do not remove any green fronds during the trimming process. Palms only produce the number of fronds they need for survival. Removing green fronds can harm your palm tree.

Do not remove green fronds during trimming.

Aside from providing your indoor palm plants with light, moisture and an occasional dose of fertilizer, it is important to remove the dead fronds now and then. While some palms drop their fronds (leaves) immediately when they die, others hang on to them for quite a bit longer. Removing dead or damaged fronds keeps the palm tree looking tidy. It also help prevent overgrowth that can change the overall appearance of the palm.

Step 1

Pinch off any dead or hanging fronds, using your fingertips. Dead fronds are those that appear yellow or brown.

Step 2

Prune dead stems, using pruning shears or sharp scissors. Cut the dead stems 1 inch from the base of the main stem.

Step 3

Neaten the palm by trimming away any new growth that develops at the base of the tree, using your pruning shears. Do this weekly if you prefer a manicured look for the palm.

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Jonae Fredericks

Jonae Fredericks started writing in 2007. She also has a background as a licensed cosmetologist and certified skin-care specialist. Jonae Fredericks is a certified paraeducator, presently working in the public education system.