Common Name: Queen Palm
Botanical Name: Syagrus romanzoffiana
The Queen Palm stands tall, with a slender trunk reaching 50 feet or more! Along with the height, the fronds of this plant are one of the most distinctive features. The fronds can grow up to 10 to 15 feet in length!
Give your Queen Palm as much light as possible. It will grow faster and stay green and vibrant when it has access to at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. However, protect your plant from the harsh sun and wind until your plant has become more established.
Queen Palm should be watered often; however, avoid overwatering your plant. Please don't allow your plant to sit in standing water, as it can lead to root rot and other issues. When you are watering your Queen Palm, ensure you water deeply. This will help to encourage the plant's roots to grow deep into the soil and give stability and better access to water and nutrients.
Queen Palm plant's soil should be well-draining and lets extra water drain easily! The pH level range should be between 6.0 to 7.0. A soil pH outside this range could hinder the plant's ability to absorb nutrients correctly. Use a high-quality potting mix that gives good drainage.
The ideal temperature range for your Queen Palm is between 65-95°F – this plant likes it hot! However, it can tolerate occasional drops to around 30 degrees for short periods, but if the plant is in too cold of temperatures for too long, it can damage or kill the plant.
Queen Palm plants thrive in high humidity. This plant's best humidity level range is typically from 50% to 70%. To increase humidity levels, you can group plants, mist the leaves of your plant, use a humidifier, or provide a pebble tray. Additionally, you can avoid drafts.
Your Queen Palm should be fertilized every 2 to 4 months during the spring and summer. Use a balanced, slow-release granular fertilizer specially made for palm trees. The fertilizer ratio should be around 8-2-12 or similar. This means 8% nitrogen, 2% phosphorus, and 12% potassium. Be sure not to over-fertilize this plant, as it can harm it.
Although your Queen Palm plant's height can vary depending on different factors like growing conditions, climate, and the care it provides, on average, this plant can grow up to a mature height of 30 to 50 feet! This plant can reach up to 60 feet tall in some conditions!
Pet Friend or Foe
Queen Palm plants are not pet friendly! Foe!
- Your Queen Palm should be placed where it will get at least 6-8 hours of sunlight daily. It does best in full sun but can also tolerate partial shade.
- Put a layer of organic mulch surrounding the base of your plant to keep moisture and regulate the soil temperature. Mulching helps suppress weeds.
- In winter, cover your Queen Palm or bring it indoors. Please don't allow it to be exposed to freezing temperatures!
- Watch out for common pests like spider mites, scales, or aphids! If you spot any, make sure to treat them appropriately. Also, don't overwater this plant, as it can cause fungal diseases!