queen palm

Asked August 27, 2016, 2:47 AM EDT

I cut the spears off my queen palms when they get to be 3 to 4 feet long. I don't like the mess they leave after bloom. will this harm my palms?

Fresno County California

1 Response

Thanks for your question about pruning the Queen palm. Several reputable (as in university horticultural) resources agree that pruning judiciously will not harm the plants so long as you leave the green fronds (i.e. only remove the brown fronds) and that hang below the 3:00 or 9:00 clock positions. Over-pruning may weaken the palm and make it a hazard.