Cutting a fan palm - everything there is to consider

The fan palm is not usually cut. However, from time to time, fronds bend or they turn brown. Then you can put the scissors on.

Fan palms rarely need to be cut

Fan palms inspire with their lush green fan-shaped leaves and amazing growth. If the fan palm has to be cut back, this is usually not wanted. However, it is sometimes necessary to cut the fan palm. Because the cutting of the fan palm is for maintenance (reading tip: care for a fan palm - you have to pay attention to everything). However, the plant will only be fine afterwards if you do it correctly. After all, there are a few things to consider when cutting a fan palm.

When is the best time to cut?

The best way to cut your fan palm is in late autumn, just before winter rest. Because during the winter the plant stops growing and can recover from the stresses of cutting. In spring it grows vigorously and cheerfully frees it from the dead ballast.

What needs to be cut off?

While you often cut other green plants to get a nice growth and determine the direction of growth, cutting the fan palm is only for plant care. You do not change the growth or its direction by trimming. In addition, you do not prune the plant, you only remove dried and dead material. To be exact:

  • brown leaves
  • dead leaves
  • kinked leaves
  • Leaf remnants on the stem

The kinked leaves demand your full attention. If the individual palm fronds are relatively insensitive and do not break off too quickly, however, mishap can lead to the stem structure being damaged. As a result, the leaves hang and are no longer upright on the trunk. When cutting, you can courageously remove all leaves of the fan palm that hang well below the horizontal.

How to cut the fan palm properly

Concentrate only on the brown and dead leaves and leaf remnants. Use sharp scissors to cut the leaves close to the stem. Now there are remnants on the trunk, which you must also carefully separate. This is important because the dried-up remains of old leaves not only look ugly, they can also lead to pests. The small pockets that form around the stem often contain fungi and pests that damage the plant.