How to grow and care for Weddell's Palm (Syagrus weddelliana) Indoors

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Weddell's Palm Care, Weddell's Palm Care

Botanical name: Syagrus weddelliana
Synonym: Cocos weddelliana
Family: Arecaceae
Tribe: Cocoseae
Common names: Dwarf Coconut Palm, Queen Palm, Weddell's Palm

Weddell's Palm Description

Weddell's Palm also called Queen Palm or Dwarf Coconut Palm is one of the most attractive of all the Indoor Palms which is closely related the Coconut Palm.

Weddell's Palm is much smaller and more tolerant to cold than the Coconut Palm. However, it requires high humidity and constantly moist free-draining soil.

This Weddell's Palm does not have the hardiness of the popular types and it is difficult to grow under room conditions.

Weddell's Palm produces small edible fruits that resemble and taste like coconuts.

Weddell's Palm Size

The Weddell's Palm has a single trunk stem and has a small stature, only growing to a height of 6 ft with a trunk diameter of about 3.5 ft

Weddell's Palm Origin

Weddell's Palm is native to the State of Rio de Janeiro in southeastern Brazil where it thrives in the humid shade of the rainforests.

Weddell's Palm Care, Weddell's Palm Care

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Weddell's Palm (Syagrus weddelliana) Care Indoors

Weddell's Palm Light Requirements

Weddell's Palm grows best in very bright light with as much sunshine as possible. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to water Weddell's Palm

Keep the soil moist at all times for your Weddell's Palm during the growing season. Reduce watering in the cold season and allow the soil to slightly dry out between waterings.

Water your Weddell's Palm with chlorine-free water; like all palms Weddell's Palm is sensitive to chlorine and other chemicals dissolved in water.

Avoid getting the base of your Weddell's Palm wet as it can lead to rotting and eventual death of your Weddell's Palm.

Do not allow your Weddell's Palm to sit in soggy soil as it may lead to root-rot and eventual death of your Weddell's Palm. Read more on how to water houseplants.


Temperature for Weddell's Palm

Weddell's Palm prefers warm to cold conditions (up to a minimum of -40C). Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Weddell's Palm

Weddell's Palm requires high humidity. Mist the leaves frequently or set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Regularly clean the mature leaves of your Weddell's Palm by damp-wiping with a soft cloth to get rid of dust. Read more on how to clean houseplants.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Weddell's Palm

Feed Weddell's Palm with a water-soluble fertilizer monthly during the growing period. Water thoroughly until the solution comes out through the drainage holes.

Withhold feeding for your Weddell's Palm during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to repot Weddell's Palm

Weddell's Palm requires to be repotted once every year at the beginning of the growing season.

Repotting Weddell's Palm in the first one year after germination is not be necessary as the plant obtains its nutrients from the nut.

Use a pot 1-2 sizes larger for your Weddell's Palm that has a drainage hole to avoid getting soggy soil. The soil should be free-draining and rich in organic matter.

How to prune Weddell's Palm

Pruning Weddell's Palm is easy. Cut away the old brown and dry fronds near the soil surface to maintain the palm neat and tidy.

Where Weddell's Palm seeds are required for propagation, allow the fruits to mature and drop then cut away the spent flower stalk.

Where Weddell's Palm seeds are not required, cut away the flower stalk immediately it begins to form to prevent the palm from wasting energy on developing the flowers and seeds. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

Weddell's Palm (Syagrus weddelliana) Propagation

Weddell's Palm propagation can be done from the nut and it is not easy.

Bury the Weddell's Palm nut halfway in moist, free-draining soil. Place in a warm place and keep the soil moist through out.

Germination may take upto 6 months. For the first one year, the Weddell's Palm gets its nutrients from the nut therefore there is no need to repot it. It is advisable to start germination in a slightly larger pot.

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Weddell's Palm (Syagrus weddelliana) Problems Indoors

Why does my Weddell's Palm have brown leaf tips?

There are four reasons for brown leaf tips in your Weddell's Palm. Trim off the brown tips with sterilized scissors.

One reason for brown leaf tips in your Weddell's Palm is dry air. Raise humidity for your Weddell's Palm by more frequent misting or set the pot on a wet pebble tray. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

The second reason for brown leaf tips in your Weddell's Palm is underwatering. Keep the soil moderately moist at all times for your Weddell's Palm during the growing season.

Reduce watering for your Weddell's Palm during the cold season and allow the soil to dry out between waterings.

The third reason for brown leaf tips in your Weddell's Palm is cold draughts. Protect your Weddell's Palm from draughts to maintain an average warmth with a minimum of 120C.

The fourth reason for brown leaf tips in your Weddell's Palm is is damage by touching. Place your Weddell's Palm from the line of traffic.

Why are the fronds of my Weddell's Palm yellowing?

Underwatering is the cause of yellowing fronds in your Weddell's Palm.

Keep the soil moderately moist at all times for your Weddell's Palm during the growing season. Do not allow the soil to dry out completely.

Why does my Weddell's Palm have brown leaf spots?

There are two possible causes of brown leaf spots on your Weddell's Palm. Remove the affected leaves and discard.

One cause of brown leaf spots on your Weddell's Palm is overwatering. Keep the soil moderately moist at all times during the growing season but not soggy.

Ensure the pot for your Weddell's Palm has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining to avoid getting soggy soil.

The second causes of brown leaf spots on your Weddell's Palm is sudden decrease of temperature due to cold draughts.

Protect your Weddell's Palm from draughts to maintain an average warmth with a minimum of 120C.

Why are the leaves of my Weddell's Palm browning?

The lower leaves of your Weddell's Palm may turn brown and droop due to age; remove by cutting and not pulling.

If the browning of the leaves of your Weddell's Palm is general and accompanied by rotting, the reason is root-rot disease due to soggy soil.

Why are the leaves of my Weddell's Palm totally discolored or spotted?

Magnesium, Manganese and Iron deficiency are the cause of totally discolored and spotted leaves in your Weddell's Palm.

Feed your Weddell's Palm regularly with a good fertilizer whic contains micro-nutrients. Provide ocassional pinches of Magnesium and chelated Iron for your Weddell's Palm.

Why is the growth of my Weddell's Palm declining?

The cause of growth decline in your Weddell's Palm is low light but not inadequate nutrition.

Weddell's Palm prefers partial shade away from direct sunlight. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

Weddell's Palm diseases

Pseudomonas is a common disease in Weddell's Palm which is indicated by brown and wet lesions that run parallel to the leaf vein.

Isolate the affected Weddell's Palm to prevent spread to other houseplants or discard the plant as no cure is effective.

The other common disease in Weddell's Palm is Leaf Spot disease; treat the palm with a copper-based fungicide.

Weddell's Palm pests

Common plant pests in Weddell's Palm are Red Spider Mite, Scales and Mealy Bugs.

Regularly check underneath the leaves of your Weddell's Palm for these pests. Isolate the affected Weddell's Palm to prevent spread to the other houseplants.

Is Dwarf Coconut (Syagrus weddelliana) toxic?

Weddell's Palm (Syagrus weddelliana) is non-toxic to both humans and pets. It is safe to grow indoors.

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