Like all living things, your palms need to eat. When you feed your palms properly you’ll give them all the nutrients needed to grow to their full potential. A good diet of fertilizer will produce stronger palms that are more resilient to frosts, heat, wind and pests.
You don’t need to overcomplicate your fertilizing. If your palm is in a pot, use a good potting mix and add a slow release fertilizer, like Ozmocote. Do this at the start of the quick growth periods – spring and midsummer – where more food is essential for growth spurts.
If your palm is planted in the ground, add an organic fertilizer, like Dynamic Lifter, at the start of spring and midsummer. If you add some seaweed solution, like Seasol, once a month to your feeding regime, your palms will love you for it. Seaweed solution should not be viewed as food for your plants, but as a health supplement.
If you are not sure which fertilizer to purchase, look for one high in nitrogen. A deficiency in nitrogen will cause the fronds to yellow or fade. Palms also like fertilizers high in potassium and magnesium.