When you think of typical palm trees, an image of tall tree trunks stretching toward the sky often comes to mind. However, the robellini palm (Phoenix roebelenii) offers a miniature palm choice growing to a maximum of 12 feet within your interior office plant locations. Preferring warmer climates the robellini palm does require some care regarding its soil nutrient structure and watering needs. Although commonly disease-free, robellini palms may invite pathogens if their surrounding environment is neglected.


Monitor your robellini palm’s soil for sufficient moisture. The soil should look damp, but not soggy. Insert a moisture meter into the soil for a more accurate account of the soil’s water level. A low moisture reading indicates that the palm should be watered immediately. PDIplants uses moisture meters in our interior office plant environments, Cambridge, MA


Water the palm when the soil becomes slightly dry, using a watering can. Do not allow the tree to remain in complete drought conditions. It can withstand dry environments sporadically, but this places unnecessary stress on the palm.


Observe the water absorbing into the soil. Your palm’s soil needs well-drained conditions. The water should not pool around the trunk; it should move quickly downward to feed the lower root system.


Till sand into the surrounding soil if it is not well drained using a gardening hoe. Use care so that you do not damage any roots below the topsoil.

Insert a pH meter into the palm’s soil. Observe the pH level. Robellini palms prefer acidic to slightly alkaline soils. Amend the soil with lime or sulfate if the pH is extremely low or high.


Observe the palm’s leaves. Look for any damage from nutrient deficiencies, such as chlorosis or yellowing leaves.


Fertilize the palm with balanced fertilizer, preferably specialized for palms. Potassium and magnesium are specific nutrients that cause leaf dieback if they are not available readily in the soil.


Repeat the fertilizing treatment so that the palm has three applications within one year for a mature tree. Younger trees, such as seedlings, require fertilizing once a month.
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