For anyone who lives in a tropical, or sup-tropical environment, palm trees are a way of life. You will find them lining the streets, in city centers, and in plenty of yards. There are over 2,500 species of palm trees, and each one is unique in its own way. Some can live to be 100 years old, like the Mexican palm tree. Some species of palm trees can grow to be up to 200 ft. tall like the Wax palm tree. Palm trees are just as diverse, and unique as any species of plant, perhaps even more so in some ways.

If you cut a palm tree down at the trunk, it will not be able to grow back. Palm tree growth occurs only in what is called 'the crown shaft'. This is the top of the tree that sprouts all the leaves. By cutting down and removing a palm tree, you are essentially killing the tree. It has no way to re-shoot leaves, so it will die.

So, how do you maintain the height of a palm tree, without it getting out of control? There are more than a few key questions most people have about palm tree maintenance, I hope to answer a few of them for you.

How do you stop a palm tree from growing too tall?

Well, the easiest solution is to choose a palm tree that suits your needs, such as a dwarf palm like the Licuala or Dwarf Palmetto.

Preventing a palm from growing is sort of like trying to fight the tide. It is nearly impossible, however you can slow the growth. You can trim off the dried brown fronds, and most of the green ones in a style of pruning called 'Hurricane Cutting'.

What happens when you cut off the top of a palm tree?

Palm trees are what is known as monocotyledon plants. This means they are far more closely related to flowering plants, than they are to a tree.

Despite their towering, and tree like presence, their build is much different. While some tree owners will try to 'top' their trees, this method of pruning for growth does not work on a palm tree. Once the top of the tree, or 'the flower' is removed, the trunk will begin to dry out and eventually die.

After that you will need to remove the rest of the palm tree and dispose of it. There ia no chance of it growing back.

Should palm trees be trimmed?

Palm trees are incredibly low maintenance. They are not comprised of branches that stem off the trunk like other breeds of tree.

However, they will need to be pruned just like any other tree. Palm trees are constantly growing new fronds, as the older fronds die off. This means that you will have to trim and remove the dried and dead fronds when they begin to appear.

However, as palm trees are relatively hearty trees and used to hot and dry climates, you should only have to prune your tree once, or twice per year. Make sure when you are trimming your palm, to only remove what is dry and dead, and to not damage the base beneath them. Over trimming of your palm tree can lead to the trunk drying out and dying. So you should never trim what isn't already brown and dying.

Does trimming your palm tree make it grow faster?

There are many good reasons to trim your palm tree. Perhaps the dead fronds are weighing it down, or posing a fire hazard. Maybe there are pests residing in your palm tree, and trimming the dead fronds will remove them.

When it comes to growth, this is not a good reason to trim your palm tree. Pruning your palm tree will not make it grow faster or healthier, and in many cases can even harm your tree. It is always best to let your palm tree grow naturally and only trim it when you need to remove the dead fronds.

So there you have it! A few questions answered about palm trees, and how they grow. Remember, if you need to trim your palm tree, it is always best to hire a professional. Especially on taller palms that would require specialized lift equipment. Trimming your tree can be risky for the plant, so always seek professional help. Your palm tree will thank you later!

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