How to Stop a Queen Palm From Producing Seeds

A queen palm is a very elegant palm tree found in the southern United States. Grouped together, they can really make a landscape attractive and look upscale. However, a queen palm can produce unsightly fruit and seeds. For trees, this process is natural and essential to ensure the survival of the species. For people, the fruit and seeds produce a mushy mess on the ground. Given the right conditions, these seeds sprout into new queen palms, which can cause problems for your lawn or garden. With close monitoring of the queen palm's life cycle, you can stop a queen palm from producing seeds.

Step 1

Identify the flowers of the queen palm. The flowers are white and showy and appear on the palm in the spring. They're the precursor to the fruit, so by removing the flowers, the fruit never has a chance to develop.

Step 2

Set up a ladder beneath the queen palm to reach the flowers. For taller trees, you may need an extension ladder or cherry picker.

Step 3

Use a pole saw to cut off the flower stalks. Dispose of them in your trash or compost bin.

Step 4

Maintain the queen palm by cutting off the flower stalks yearly after they form in the spring. As long as you keep cutting off the flower stalks, the flowers won't be on the tree, so fruit and seeds can't form.