Foolproof Palm Care: Cabbage Palm

The Cabbage Palm aka Sabal Palm (Sabal palmetto) is a native Floridian and was designated as the ‘Florida State Tree’ in 1953.  The Sabal Palm has also been designated as the state tree in South Carolina. Like other palmettos, its flowers are a nectar source for butterflies and its fruit are a food source for wildlife.

Planting Site

The Cabbage Palm does best in full sun. It is highly salt tolerant and does best in moist, well-drained soils. With a solitary growth habit, at maturity Cabbage Palms can grow 20 to 50 ft. tall by 10 to 15 ft. wide.

Nutrient requirements

Potassium deficiency is most noticeable in Cabbage Palms usually towards the end of a heavy rainy season, showing up as translucent yellow spots or brown tips on fronds. Applying a fertilizer specially formulated for palms is recommended for treating nutrient deficiencies. To learn more about palm nutrient requirements click on this link: fertilizing palms.

Pests and diseases

Lethal Bronzing (LB) has become the most significant disease affecting Cabbage Palms. Symptoms include gradual premature aging of fronds and ultimately collapse of the entire crown. Click on this link for additional information Lethal Bronzing.

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Posted: August 9, 2023

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Foolproof Palm Care, Horticulture, Landscapes, Palms

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