Easily grown in average, well-drained soil. As a ground cover, space plants 2 to 3 ft. apart; control weeds until plants fill in. For a vertical effect, provide support such as trellis or arbor. A periodic trim promotes new growth with more pronounced foliage coloration.
- Light Needs: Full Sun
- Watering Needs: Palm trees do not like to dry out completely between waterings. Water your outdoor palms two to three times per week when the soil is slightly dry.
Phoenix roebelenii, commonly known as the pygmy date palm, is one of the most widely used palm trees in landscaping. This small variety of palm tree grows about 6 inches to 2 feet per year. Pygmy date palms grow in any type of well-drained soil, but prefer sandy loam. Plants may be sold as dioecious, either male or female flowering trees. You need one male and one female to produce creamy flowers in the spring, cross-pollinate and produce small black dates in the fall.