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I can assume that you’ve just purchased a gorgeous palm tree or are planning to get one and wish to know as much as you can about its care and required nutrients.

In my humble opinion, palm trees are some of the most beautiful plants that can easily make every house a home and give it necessary warmth and a breath of fresh air.

There are a whole plethora of palm trees that come from different habitats, but they require similar care and fertilization.

This article focuses primarily on best kinds of palm tree fertilizers and touches important aspects of their usage such as – when to fertilize your plant, how much and what to keep in mind when it comes to this process since it can make a huge (good or bad) impact on the growth of your tree.

Review of The Best 8 Palm Tree Fertilizers

After testing dozens of fertilizers, I’ve made a short list of them 8 that really do a great job with palms. So, here are 8 best palm tree fertilizers! Enjoy the ride!

ProductSpecs

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Miracle-Gro

✓12 spikes in a pack
✓Each spike comes with a cap
✓Slow releasing nutrients

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Shake N' Feed

✓Magnesium, potassium, and manganese
✓Will not burn your plant

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Jobe's Spikes

✓30 spikes per pack
✓It doesn’t create a mess, nor smells bad
✓It doesn’t water down with rain

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Granular Food

✓USDA approved organic fertilizer
✓Eco-friendly and natural
✓Each application lasts 2-3 months

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Dr. Earth

✓OMRI, CCOF, NOP certified
✓Without GMO chicken manure
✓Created in the US

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Carl Pool

✓Contains elements gotten from Granusol sucrates
✓Three sources of nitrogen
✓Magnesium and manganese high-levels

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High-Tech

✓250 ml concentrate container
✓Plastic cap to help with proper dosage
✓Subtropical and tropical palm trees custom-made

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Jobe's

✓5 pre-measured spikes
✓Nitrogen, Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, Phosphate
✓Easy to use

1. Miracle-Gro Food Spikes, 12 Spikes

Manufacturer’s specs, features, and details

Miracle-Go Fruit is one of the best fertilizers you can pick.

It is designed for various kinds of plants, such as trees, shrubs, fruits, palm trees, and others, which should make you quite care-free when it comes to your palm’s quality growth and strength.

These spikes should be used twice a year, at the beginning of spring when your plant needs a lot of nutrients, and in the fall, since they get released slowly during winter and are used continuously at a slower pace.

As you get ready to use the fertilizer, make sure to wet the ground first, if it isn’t already and afterward you can drive the spikes.

They should be driven into the ground around the line that follows the widest circumference of your tree’s branches.

If you use more spikes, they should be around 3 feet away from each other and located 2 feet away from the center of the tree, if it is a small one.

Pros

  • Your palm tree will produce more fruits than an unfed one would
  • Spikes are quite easy to use
  • The package will last several years for one tree, which is extremely affordable

Cons

  • Some users complained that they didn’t get enough plastic caps (used to insert the spikes) which makes the process quite complicated

Bottom line

If you are new to this botany experience, especially with your palm trees and wish to nurture it in a quality way, I would suggest purchasing these Miracle-Go Spikes.

2. Miracle-Gro Shake ‘N Feed Palm Plant Food

Manufacturer’s specs, features, and details

This Miracle-Gro Shake’n’Feed recipe is an amazing choice for your palm tree(s) and other tropical plants in case you have them.

It is liquid and as easy to use as it gets since you are just supposed to apply it on the ground around your plant once in 90 days for the best results.

This fertilizer is composed of compost that serves as food for microorganisms in the ground.

When they break it down, they help to produce crucial nutrients that are then sucked by the roots that feed on them.

Besides compost, this plant food also consists of crucial above-mentioned chemical elements – magnesium, manganese, and iron.

The only thing you should do is to keep the mixture away from the drunk, so they don’t get in touch.

After the application, you should mix the soil, so the fertilizer gets distributed evenly and dig three inches deep. Watering is the next part and you can be care-free for the next three months.

Pros

  • Fast and easy to use
  • Made especially for the tropical plants and palm trees
  • There is a guarantee that it won’t burn your plant if you follow the instructions carefully

Cons

  • It is very strong and will easily burn your plants If you use bigger dosage than directed

Bottom line

This product is a perfect choice for people with many plants who don’t wish to spend much time on the fertilization process but still wish to have amazing results such as their plant growing quite lush with strong roots.

3. Jobe’s Palm Fertilizer Spikes

Manufacturer’s specs, features, and details

No matter if you opted for growing your palm trees in pots and containers indoors or your backyard outdoors; you probably wish to give them much-needed nutrients that don’t require much effort, nor take a big chunk of your budget.

I would suggest that you purchase this fertilizer.

This fertilizer is, as its name says made specifically for ferns and palms and offers the best combination of chemical elements for these kinds.

These spikes are premeasured, which means you just need to drive them into the ground and wait for the roots to absorb them and get stronger with each application.

If you use them for palm trees in pots, the pot size should be between 4 and 12 inches, while the spike number varies from size to size.

This fertilizer is completely safe, it has no smell, which often is the case with other kinds and most importantly – it does not wash away as you water your plants.

This manufacturer is one of the best ones for all sorts of products that concern plant care and distribute them to dozens of stores in the UK, Canada, the US, and other countries.

Pros

  • 60 spikes are enough for a longer period, especially for small trees
  • Spikes are premade and ready to use
  • It works amazing with both indoor and outdoor palm trees

Cons

  • If you have a large tree, you find yourself having to buy the spikes quite often

Bottom line

This wonderful product will help feed the roots of your beautiful palm tree, it will keep its leaves green and will help it grow as well as it can in given conditions.

4. Jobe’s Palm Tree Granular Plant Food

Manufacturer’s specs, features, and details

Jobe’s product is once again on the list, as one of the best ones there are for palm trees (and other plants as well).

Propagating Planter

Propagation Kits

Hydroponic kits

Intelligent Garden Kits

Propagating Planter

Handmade Planters

It is used for organic gardening and is listed as organic products by USDA and is thus perfect for everyone who wishes to use only natural fertilizers without any synthetic chemicals.

Also, if you are producing organic food this fertilizer is a very good choice for you!

Jobe’s fertilizer also contains Jobe’s Biozome, a mixture of healthy bacteria, Mycorrhizal fungi and Archaea that are unique to this company.

This specific mix will help your palm’s roots grow longer and thicker, it will be more disease resistant, and the whole tree will grow lusher.

As this product doesn’t contain any artificial chemicals, it is biodegradable and eco-friendly, bringing much-needed nutrients to the soil and creating a long-term benefit.

Pros

  • Natural components without harmful chemicals
  • Renewable, Biodegradable, Eco-Friendly Fertilizer
  • The fungi contained in the Jobe’s biozome cause roots’ absorbing surface to grow 100 to 1000 times

Cons

  • Some users complained about the “horrible” smell of this product

Bottom line

If you care deeply for growing your palm tree organically and letting it enjoy 100% natural food that will help it grow and be resistant to diseases, this Jobe’s fertilizer is a good choice for you!

5. Dr. Earth Palm Fertilizer

Manufacturer’s specs, features, and details

If you wish to use a non-GMO fertilizer that also doesn’t have any synthetic chemicals, toxic ingredients or manure that possesses GMO ingredients, then Dr. Earth Exotic blend is the best choice for your palm trees.

This amazing fertilizer contains various beneficial ingredients, such as proteins, minerals, humic acids and other elements that combined create a fantastic mix for the soil of your tropical plant.

This fertilizer possesses several certificates that all testify of its high quality and purity.

This product was created in the US after much work with many scientists with the sole goal of creating a perfectly healthy and sustainable fertilizer for palm trees, tropical plants, and hibiscus plants.

Pros

  • High quality, organic, non-GMO fertilizer
  • Human and pet-friendly
  • Possesses proteins, minerals, acids, and other necessary ingredients

Cons

  • The only downfall is its strong smell

Bottom line

In case you want a pro-healthy lifestyle not only for yourself but also for your precious plants and wish to feed them the best, non-GMO food, then this is the product I would recommend.

6. Carl Pool Palm Food

Manufacturer’s specs, features, and details

This Carl Pool product is used by many professional palm tree growers who wish to provide the best and high-quality fertilization for their beautiful trees.

As I already mentioned, manganese and magnesium are quite important elements for the growth of these tropical beauties and this product is abundant with precisely these elements, successfully satiating their needs.

Besides these two elements, this palm food is also rich with nitrogen that is contained in three different sources, offering faster and more stable growth for palm trees.

In case you grow other species as well, such as landscape plants you can use this fertilizer for them as well, and not have to worry about getting different ones.

This Carl Pool product should be used only once every three to four months.

Pros

  • Used by professional tree growers
  • Perfect for all kinds of palm trees
  • Amazing for other plants, such as landscape plants

Cons

  • There are no specific flaws

Bottom line

There is a reason why professional palm tree growers trust this company and the quality of this product, thus I believe that you should also give it a chance and see the results.

7. Palm Tree Liquid Fertilizer HighTech NPK

Manufacturer’s specs, features, and details

This one is the food of the latest generation created specifically for tropical and subtropical palm tree species.

It was created by a group of botanists and gardeners in Germany and Austria with the sole goal of creating the best possible mixture for high-quality growth, long and green leaves, strong roots and gorgeous flowers. It was created after combining various findings in the field of plants’ propagation and cultivation.

Pot Holder

Container Holders

Intelligent Garden Kit

Self-Watering Systems

Terrarium

Hanging Planters

This food comes as a concentrate in a 250ml container, that when diluted gives 60-125l of a professional fertilizer for your plants.

If you use any pesticides to keep your trees healthy, you can be care-free as this fertilizer can be combined with it easily.

Pros

  • Created based on the newest botany research and findings
  • Gives 60-125 liters with a small 250ml container
  • Provides high-quality nutrients for your plant

Cons

  • Highly concentrated, causing harm to your trees when applied in a wrong dosage

Bottom line

If you are fond of science and research and wish to use a product that is created based on the newest findings in botany and especially for palm trees, I am sure this product will be amazing for your beautiful plants.

8. Jobe’s Palm Outdoor Fertilizer Spikes

Manufacturer’s specs, features, and details

It is no surprise that another Jobe’s product is one of the lists of the best palm tree fertilizer, as they are one of the best in this area.

This fertilizer comes in a package of 5 spikes that are already pre-measured and contain all the much-needed nutrients for stable growth, root elongation, and green and healthy leaves.

It should be applied twice a year, at the beginning of the growing season, in March and then before fall, in October, since the nutrients will be released slowly throughout the colder season.

These spikes are very easy to use, as they only need to be driven into the wet soil around the dripline under your tree.

Pros

  • The nutrients are released slowly and continuously
  • There is no smell and the product doesn’t water down with rain
  • Fit for both outdoor and indoor plants

Cons

  • These spikes are quite fragile

Bottom line

If you don’t wish to put much effort into constant fertilization and spend much time doing it, but also enjoy having wonderful, strong and vibrant palm trees, then you should give these Jobe’s spikes a chance.

Nutritive Requirements of a Palm Tree


As we think of palm trees there is a universal thought that comes to most minds: gorgeous tropical beaches with turquoise water, white sand, sunny days and long shores, where we spend days relaxing and sipping on cocktails.

However, surprisingly, palm trees are found in so many more places than in tropical islands and countries.

They can grow in temperate climates as well and are even found in southern parts of Canada. (I couldn’t believe it either)

This is great news for every person who lives in places far away from the tropical parts of the world, but also not so great news since your palm tree needs a lot of care and nutrients for steady and high-quality growth.

The most important factor is its soil, as it is the sole provider of the necessary food for this gorgeous tree.

The soil can ‘make-it-or-break-it’ in the process of caring for palm trees, so please be careful when choosing it, or keep reading on to see what the best kinds are 🙂

Nutrients

The most important elements for all the plants, and thus all palm trees and their steady growth, healthy green leaves, elongated root cells, and strong roots are:

Nitrogen (N) – This is thought to be the most important element for a plant’s growth, as it is found in a chlorophyll molecule that is the molecule that gives every plant a green color and takes part in the process of photosynthesis through which plants generate their food.

Nitrogen is also the most important ingredient of a substance called protoplasm.

This substance is transparent and presents the living matter in all cells and is extremely important.

The lack of nitrogen will primarily show in leaves turning pale green or yellow, especially older ones.

Magnesium (Mg) – There are thirteen mineral nutrients that are found in soil and this element is one of them.

As it dissolves via water presence it gets absorbed by plants’ roots.

This element is a “powerhouse” for the process of photosynthesis.

Chlorophyll is the crucial molecule for this process, but without magnesium, it can’t capture solar energy that is required for the food generation.

It is also crucial for plants’ growth and other functions.

Magnesium deficiency is often obvious as it shows via red, brown and purple stains on leaves and it also turns them yellow.

Potassium (K) – Potassium is the second most important “ingredient” for your palm tree as it affects it in every way: its shape, size, color, reproduction, and overall growth.

Potassium is crucial in the process of ATP production (adenosine triphosphate) – a molecule that is the main source of energy for various processes in a plant.

This molecule is crucial for regulating water uptake and loss in plants and is needed for protein creation.

Lack of this element will affect the growth of your palm tree and root development, and it will be obvious because leaves will look scorched with brown and yellow spots and have purple stains on their undersides.

Iron (Fe) – Iron is a crucial element for all the plants, thus palm trees as well, because it takes part in many plant functions, such as creating chlorophyll, transferring energy, fixating nitrogen and other functions in a plant’s metabolism.

The lack thereof causes a disorder called “lime-induced chlorosis” and can be caused in many ways: by the lack of manganese, high levels of nitrogen and zinc, too much water in the soil, too much fertilization, or high soil pH (higher than 6.5).

A sure sign of iron deficiency is chlorosis or plainly said yellowing around the veins of the baby leaves.

Manganese (Mn)– Plants require manganese in large quantities, just like they do iron.

It is used in major processes, like photosynthesis, respiration, and assimilation of nitrogen. It is crucial for growth, especially root growth.

Manganese deficiency is often mistaken for iron deficiency, as it shows in a very similar way – interveinal chlorosis, and young leaves turning yellow rapidly for no obvious reason.

The pH value of soil affects the uptake of manganese and can stop it if it goes above 6.5.

As you can see, improper usage of these elements or soil mix that is unfit for the palm trees can be fatal for your plant and its health.

The Best Fertilizer For Palm Trees you can find Online


I have covered 8 absolutely amazing palm tree fertilizers and it hasn’t been easy to pick these eight out of all the choices, let alone pick only one.

However, because I know how hard it can be to make a decision, especially at the beginning of the palm tree growing process, I will do it for you.

I would always first choose Jobe’s Organic Palm Tree Granular Plant Food because of its amazing traits. This food is organic, renewable, biodegradable and overall eco-friendly. This product will keep your plant safe from diseases, it will help it grow thanks to many different nutrients and their good balance and most importantly it will help increase the absorbing surface of the roots many times, so they will absorb those elements and water even better.

The Best time to Fertilize your Palm Tree?

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This isn’t an easy question since it depends on how old your tree is, what type of soil it is surrounded with, what the climate is like, what type of fertilizer you use, etc.

In case I just planted it, I would wait for it to start showing first signs of growth, such as a new spear and then fertilize it, unless the fertilizer you are about to use is made specifically for brand new plants.

Most of the times, fertilizer is supposed to be used from two to several times a year. I fertilize my palm trees first in March when they “wake up” from the dormant state in winter and need many nutrients to support their active growth.

The second time is in October before their dormant phase, which is winter, so they have enough nutrients for winter, especially since my fertilizer is slow releasing.

Some people say you shouldn’t feed your plants before the winter, as they will continue to grow fast, but not as strong, as they are in a dormant phase, however, I don’t agree with this and believe they still need their nutrients.

Your climate also dictates the number of fertilizations – warm climate causes your plant to almost skip the dormant phase and it grows more-or-less constantly during the year, so you should fertilize it several times a year.

If you aren’t sure what action to take, please advise yourself with your neighbors or other palm tree growers from your area, as they will give the best advice possible.

How much to Fertilize your Palm Tree?


Please, please, please read the direction on the fertilizer you are about to apply. I cannot stress enough how important this is. It doesn’t take more than a minute and can make a life-changing difference for your palm tree.

The soil around your plant is the sole provider of its nutrients, thus its “wellbeing” depends on it. The last thing you wish to do is to poison the soil with too much fertilizer and burn (kill) your plant.

Every package will tell you how much apply to the soil depending on the size of your plant.

If you don’t have access to instruction for any reason, please apply small dosages and then observe the results.

How to Fertilize a Palm Tree?


The process of palm tree fertilization is pretty simple-however, there is some information you should have in mind before you begin with it.

  1. If you are using spikes or granules you should know they are driven into or applied onto the ground so they follow the widest circumference of the tree’s branches, so that water drips on them.
  2. You must wet the soil before the feeding process because the dry one will burn the plants. Exposure to much nitrogen without any moisture can be overwhelming for a plant and damage it severely.

If you overfertilize your plant, please remove any leftover fertilizer if you can, or rinse it thoroughly, especially if it’s in a pot. Also, move it to a shady area, since sun exposure causes plants to absorb more.

  1. If your palm tree is located outside it is better to use slow-releasing fertilizers, as they will feed the plant longer and more consistently.
  2. If you’ve had experience with different fertilizers don’t be afraid to combine them. For example, you can drive spikes around the drip line and then add organic granules or quick-releasing fertilizer. However, please be careful so you don’t exaggerate.
  3. It is better to wait for a baby plant to grow and show how healthy and stable it is, then adding fertilizers immediately. This is because several things could go wrong and you will hardly know what the reason is – is it the fertilizer or something unrelated. By waiting you will at least cross off some reasons.
  4. If your palm tree is located in a pot is wise to report it once in around 2 years, as much more salt and mineral can buildup and affect the plant and its roots. By repotting it, your plant will get a fresh start and new soil, so it will grow faster and stronger.
  5. Mulch application is always a good idea when fertilizing palm trees. You should apply it around the trunk, around 5 inches away from it in a layer 3-7 inches thick and around 2-3 feet long. The best one to use is the sterilized commercial one, since creating your own can cause plant diseases much more likely.

Fertilizers You Should Avoid


All of us plant growers wish to provide our plats with the best nutrients and provide their abundance. However, the balance between their amounts is also crucial and affects the lives of all plants, especially if it’s improper.

For example, if you use a fertilizer that is very high with nitrogen, but low on potassium, you will create chaos, that is a given. Nitrogen will cause your palm tree to grow (that is amazing), but lack of potassium will affect the strength of the plant and it won’t be stable and healthy.

This way you will cause much worse effect than if you stopped fertilizing your palm tree altogether.

Conclusion

I hope that this guide and advice on palm tree care and fertilization will be helpful with your endeavors and will stick in your mind, so you don’t make common mistakes and cause fatal scenarios for your plant.

I hope you found new and interesting information that will motivate you to care even more for your plants, or start doing so if you haven’t been a grower so far.

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