How To Revive An Indoor Palm Plant

Many of the leaves or fronds on your indoor palm tree may have fallen off. These could remain on the tree but appear deformed. That’s equally horrible.

Frizzle top is a common condition that affects palm trees. As a result, the leaves begin to wither and become quite dry to the touch. Even some gardeners say the leaves are crunchy. The fronds rarely develop more than a few millimeters. You regrettably end up with a frizzled or fried-looking tree.

You’re going to need to figure out the solution as soon as possible, whether the problem is frizzle top or another one that affects your indoor palm tree. You should read this portion.

Managing Sunlight

You need to be more cautious about how much light your palm tree receives as it ages. Your palm tree could get sunburned by direct sunshine, although this is unlikely to happen indoors, such as in a house or office.

Even though too much sunshine can damage your tree, you shouldn’t keep it hidden from the public. You might observe leaf browning if you do. Although indoor palms can tolerate shadow, it is preferable to provide them with a decent source of light that is only moderately strong.

Providing Adequate Nutrients

Your palm tree needs fertilizers, just like any indoor plant you may opt to grow and care for. Otherwise, deficiencies might emerge. For the time being, just make sure you give your indoor palm the appropriate amount of iron, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. We’ll talk more about nutrient deficits in the part after this one.

Managing Planting Depth

An indoor palm tree doesn’t need to be planted too deeply in the ground. Instead, you should utilize the root ball as a reference point while measuring. The group of roots at the base of the tree is called the root ball. Due to its round shape, it has such name.

Don’t plant any deeper than that, but make sure the root ball has a nice soil perimeter. The Mexican fan palm would be the lone exception. For this tree, extend the planting depth by an additional four to five inches past the root ball.

Pruning Rarely

Do you prune when you think the fronds have gotten too long, as the case may be? Your indoor palm tree may suffer long-term harm as a result of the serious error you are doing. Pruning can begin once the fronds have died or are beginning to die. Otherwise, don’t touch the tree.

Giving the Tree the Right Soil

For a palm tree to grow indoors, the soil must have sufficient drainage. This permits water to reach the root ball and maintain the tree’s vitality. The soil should also have a moderate amount of moisture, but not too much.

Fertilizing Using Only High-Quality Stuff

You need high-quality fertilizer in addition to appropriate soil for your tree. You should keep looking until you find one that does if it doesn’t include the aforementioned nutrients.

You should also avoid adding fertilizer too closely to the roots. Keep at least two inches between you and the tree or you run the risk of setting fire to the tree’s roots.

When this occurs, the indoor palm is more likely to become infected with bacteria, fungi, and insects.

Avoiding Overwatering and Underwatering

As we’ve shown on this blog, not every plant requires regular watering or a lot of water. Like many other plants, an indoor palm tree will suffer from being overwatered.

The first thing to say if you frequently overwater plants is congrats on recognizing this bad practice. That is the first step in making a change. Second, be sure to add enough sand to the soil such that it contains around 30% sand. It improves drainage.

Watch how frequently you water your indoor palm as well. Yes, too much water is bad for it, but too little water can also be harmful.

It’s time for a watering if the soil feels really dry. Invest in a soil meter to ensure you never again go waterlogged.

You might need to adjust the indoor palm tree watering plan depending on the season. Increase the frequency of watering the tree during the summer, especially if it receives a lot of sun (but not too much!).

You may probably get away with watering the tree less until winter approaches. To avoid unintentionally dehydrating your plant, make sure you continue to check your soil meter.

How can a palm tree inside be brought back to life?

The most common reason of a dying indoor palm tree is root rot brought on by over watering and inadequate drainage, which turns the leaves yellow and gives them a drooping, dead appearance. The palm tree’s leaf tips become brown and droop, giving it a dying appearance. This is due to low humidity and dry soil surrounding the root ball.

Indoor palms require strong, indirect light to develop since too much direct sunshine might cause the leaves to burn yellow and brown.

Indoor palms require equally moist soil that drains well. Both dry soil caused by underwatering and boggy soil caused by overwatering can cause the leaves to become yellow and brown.

A dying indoor palm tree must be placed in bright, indirect sunshine rather than direct sunlight, regularly misted to increase humidity, fully watered once every seven days, and kept at a temperature between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit in order to mimic its natural environment (18oC to 23oC).

Since they are all native to wet tropical climates, indoor palm tree species like Parlor palms, Areca palms, Kentia palms, Majesty palms, and Pony tail palms all require similar conditions to thrive.

Even if the plant is healthy, the lower leaves of indoor palm trees can eventually turn yellow or brown.

Why is my houseplant my palm dying?

Several factors, such as chilly weather, insufficient or excessive sunlight, too much or too little water, or pest infestation, may be at play if your palm plant is drying up and dying. If you notice the dire situation in time, you might be able to revive your palm plant and restore it to a strong, healthy state.

How can a palm tree be revived?

  • Add The Right Amount Of Water
  • Use only top-notch fertilizer.
  • Hold fertilizer 2 feet away from the roots.
  • Use top-notch soil
  • Cut the Fronds Only When They Are Dead
  • Avoid pruning during monsoon season.
  • Planting Palms at the Correct Depth
  • Check To See If It Has The Proper Nutrients
  • Enhance or limit sunlight

There are certain things you can do to revive your palm tree if you believe it to be dead. The best technique to revive a dying palm tree is to properly water, prune, and fertilize it. To properly care for your dying palm tree, follow the instructions listed below.


If you overwater your palm tree, the fronds will start to turn brown or yellow and break off before they die. Additionally, if you don’t give your palm tree enough water, the leaves will start to dry out and become brown. You can minimize overwatering by adding 30 percent sand to the soil, and you can prevent underwatering by utilizing a soil moisture meter.


Less watering in the winter and more in the summer should be given to palm trees (Summer is when your palm tree will grow the most)


Your palm tree will be more vulnerable to diseases if it doesn’t get adequate nutrition. Giving the palm tree the nutrition it need will ensure that it grows and develops healthily. Avoid using cheap fertilizer products because they are ineffective.


Purchase a premium slow-release fertilizer to prevent the nutrients from getting washed away by rain or irrigation.


You risk actually burning the roots if you apply fertilizer too closely to the roots. Always keep fertilizer at least 2 feet away from tree roots to prevent the tree from developing an insect, fungal, or disease susceptibility. The copper fungicide provides excellent defense against germs and fungus.


Only new palm tree owners need complete this step. The proper moisture and soil drainage that a new palm tree requires to grow happily and healthily should be provided by the right soil. As we indicated before, fertilizer can burn roots, so never mix it with dirt.


After spotting the tips of palm tree leaves becoming brown, do not immediately chop them. Nutrients will be lost if the leaves are cut too soon. Early pruning will stop new growth. Cut brown palm tree leaves only when they have turned totally brown or are dead.


Some arborists advise pruning palm palms to remove excess weight before a storm or monsoon season. This is untrue, and trimming your palm tree’s fronds might even make it more stressed. In reality, the fronds shield the plant from the wind.


This process is used to plant a new palm tree or to remove an old one. It is important to only plant a new palm tree deep enough to cover the root ball of the tree when doing so (the circular ball of roots at the bottom of the tree). Mexican Fan Palm trees, however, are capable of being buried 4-5 feet deeper than the root ball. For landscapers who wish to match tree heights, this is a huge advantage.


Check the potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron levels in your palm trees. A palm tree can become deficient and encounter a wide range of issues without these nutrients. In the case of a potassium shortage, leaves will develop spots. In case of calcium insufficiency, leaves would look stunted and distorted. The border of the fronds on the leaves will have yellow bands if there is a magnesium shortage. Additionally, leaves with a lack of iron will have broken ends, green spots, and thin green veins.


If left in the sun, young palm plants can get burnt. On the other side, the leaves will begin to turn brown when there is insufficient sunlight. But if your palm tree has been living in the shade for a while, it has probably grown accustomed to that level of light.

Can I still grow my palm tree?

Even in the absence of a violent attack, unsuitable conditions might cause your indoor palm tree to slowly wither away, one frond at a time. Checking the roots and reviewing the care you provide it is the best course of action. Avoid hastily moving a palm because they dislike it. Select the ideal location from what you have and leave it there.

Be patient since palm plants need time to recover. Cut away any damaged or dead fronds above the crown using a clean blade. Just the dead sections need to be removed if the frond is still somewhat green. Instead of encroaching into the green region, leave a thin brown boundary.

Do I need to remove the brown palm leaves?

Both too much and not enough water will harm palm trees and cause leaf browning and yellowing.

The majority of palms prefer to have 50% of their soil dry before being irrigated. Always be sure the soil needs water before applying it. Wash the saucer thoroughly, then drain any extra water. Overwatering can cause yellowing and eventually root damage.

When the leaf tips dry out and turn brown, this is a typical issue known as “tipping.” The most frequent culprit is tap water, which has salts, chlorine, fluoride, and other potentially dangerous substances in excess. Use distilled water or rainfall to avoid this.

If you start to see salt buildup as a white crust-like coating on the soil’s surface, you can flush the soil a few times a year. To accomplish this, remove the top layer of dirt and water your palm slowly but liberally with a volume of water that is roughly four times that of your pot. Before repositioning your Palm, allow the water in the pot to completely drain and remove any extra water from the saucer.

Nutrients in the potting soil are replenished by fertilizer, but too much fertilizer can cause leaf tips to become brown and compromise plant health. Only fertilize palm trees in the spring and summer when they are actively growing. Palms that are dormant don’t require more fertilizer. Use palm tree fertilizer at the rate suggested on the box. Keep in mind that more fertilizer is not always better. Never fertilize dry soil because doing so can cause the roots to burn.

Warm temperatures are necessary for palms to thrive. Despite being often kept warm, indoor plants are nonetheless susceptible to cold harm. Plants should be kept away from windows and doors that draft because the cold air can brown the tips of the leaves. In the winter, keep plants away from windows because leaves contacting the glass might freeze and become brown. Avoid placing items directly in an air conditioning vent during the heat.

Throughout the growing season, palms grow new leaves. A palm tree leaf gets dark as it nears the end of its natural life, starting at the tip and continuing until the leaf is entirely brown and falls off. The brown tips are normal and not cause for alarm if only one or two leaves are browning and new foliage is still coming in.

The right way to remove any brown tips from your plant is as follows:

  • Amass your resources. Paper towel, some rubbing alcohol, and a pair of well-kept scissors or pruning shears are all required. (The alcohol wipes included in first-aid kits are excellent!)
  • Before starting and after each cut, wipe the sharp scissors or pruning shears’ blades with rubbing alcohol. The blades should be wetted with water before cutting if you are simply removing brown, crispy leaves that have become that way due to aging, a lack of moisture, or sunburn patches. This will help to avoid damaging vital tissue.
  • At the base, close to the stem, or at the soil, remove any leaves that are completely brown or yellow. Make sure not to tug on the leaves as this could harm the plant’s vital components. Remove only the afflicted section of the leaf if only a portion of it is brown or yellow.

Important: When pruning, take care not to take more than 30% of the entire plant. To avoid removing an excessive amount of leaves at once, you might need to prune in phases.