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Q.Should I Repot?

Zone 10001 | Cjj44 added on February 17, 2024 | Answered

I have a date palm (possibly two) and a quenepas In a 17 inch pot. They are roughly 30 years old. They have grown all this time inside about 10 feet from a south window. The date palm is starting to have some yellowing leaves. They have been in their current pot for about four years. Repotting is a major operation.. I’m wondering if I should repot it this time and if so, what size pot would be advisable? I have attached a picture although it’s extremely hard to get a decent picture because it is so big. For reference the ceilings are about 9 foot high. I would appreciate any advice upon whether to disturb them or just leave them for the time being.

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Answered on February 19, 2024

I would, and separate them. If this is a Pygmy species, Then container care will be a little more straightforward. If this is a standard species, then it is going to take quite a bit of work to keep it happy in container.

Here are some general care tips for your palm:

Provide your indoor date palm with bright, indirect light and temperatures between 60-85°F (15-30°C). Water your palm when the top inch of soil feels dry, ensuring proper drainage to prevent waterlogging. Fertilize monthly during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Prune yellow leaves and remove dead or damaged fronds.

Root pruning is essential for container-grown date palms. Prune the roots every two years or when the plant becomes root-bound. To do this, carefully remove the plant from its container, and use pruning shears or a sharp knife to trim the roots back by about one-third. Repot the palm in fresh, well-draining soil and return it to its indoor environment. Regularly monitor the plant's health and adjust its care routine as needed to maintain optimal growth and appearance.



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