Stop Queen Palm fruit and seed pods from growing

Queen Palms are no doubt a great addition to your back yard oasis and are easy to maintain if you do a few things.

Queen Palm >> Stop fruit and stop seed pods from growing

How to stop a queen palm from producing fruit and seeds.


  • Why stop or prevent the queen palm seed pods and fruit from growing?
  • Stop fruit and stop seed pods should be part of maintaining your queen palm.
  • The seed pods and fruit drop to the floor and leave a mess.
  • The seeds and fruit from the queen palm can stain concrete.
  • The seeds and fruit from the queen palm can ruin the grass under and near by the queen palm.
  • The seeds and fruit production of the queen palm uses nutrients that the queen palm tree could use for the over health of the tree.
  • It is recommended for improved health to remove the seed pods and fruit from the queen palm.
  • Stop fruit and stopping seed pods will allow you to fertilize less because the nutrients will stay with the tree.


  • Cut off the flower of the queen palm as soon as you see it and it will stop the trigger of the fruit and seed pod growth.
  • No flowers equates to no seed pods.
  • No flowers means no fruit production.
  • The flowers of the queen palm grow yearly in the spring.
  • For the queen palm, no flowers means no fruit or seeds resulting in no mess.


  • Pruning saw with pole extention
  • Ladder, A-frame or extention
  • Someone to hold the ladder
  • Eye protection


  • Queen palms can become quit tall so be careful on a ladder.
  • Queen palm flowers can be heavy so be careful when they fall after you cut them.

It is one of those easy things to do to make life easy.
Queen Palm Care, Maintenance, and Pruning

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14 Responses to Stop Queen Palm fruit and seed pods from growing

  1. Jocuri says:

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  2. SuperSonic says:

    Interesante, no va a continuar con este artнculo?


  3. jim saunders says:

    is it ok to cut off the seed pod at anytime. I live in northeast florida and it is now January and fairly cold. 40 to 55 degrees.. I have a fairly large one I would like to get rid of.

  4. admin says:

    Yes, as soon as it looks about to open and or fully grown, cut it off.

  5. Darlene Patsos says:

    I have a 30-40 foot queen, how do I cut the pods?

    • admin says:

      Its hard when they get real tall. Not only are they higher up but they also get bigger and stronger. I very carefully use a latter and or a telescoping tree trimmer with a saw blade on one side. I can usually use the saw blade to hook the pod at the top and pull it down until it breaks. It doesn’t fall. I then have to use the saw blade to cut it. MAKE SURE YOU ARE NOT UNDER IT WHEN IT FALLS… The trick is to wait until it is fully grown but has not opened. This is when it is the weakest at its base so it will break when you pull from the top. I will pull on it but if I am having a hard time to get it to break, it too early so I wait and try again in a week. Last resort is to tie a rope around the top and pull it over until it breaks then cut it off. Just remember that this things are very dangerous and you don’t want to be anywhere they could fall and hit you. Good luck and be safe.

  6. Don says:

    I have four mature trees near my pool. I am constantly getting seed pods and if I let them go, they will end up blowing in the pool. This clogs the skimmer and makes a huge mess. I was hoping there was something to do to stop all that. Cutting them off is work I didn’t plan on. I leave a ladder up there all the time except when entertaining. I cut one down from one tree and then another tree pops one out. Y’all keep this in mind when you plant Queen palms everywhere. They are a pain!

    • admin says:

      I have a bunch of them around my pool, too. Just get them right before they open. You will know because when you pull on them, it won’t take too much for them to break and then just cut them at the base. I use a long tree trimmer with a saw blade on one side that extends. My trees are very tall and I can almost always get them that way. I only have to do it about three times a year. Beginning of summer is the worst. Good luck and be careful.

  7. Patrizia Nicol says:

    I have many Queen Palm Trees some over 30 40 meter high, I would like to use the Pods as once they are opened it would be very special as an ornament….would you know how I could treat it? Can I varnish or paint it? Thank you.

  8. Pam says:

    I have “what was” a small cluster of plams…..I think queen…they were suppose to be dwarf… that are planted in a corner in ground planter in my lanai… Very cute 15 years ago…but now they are growing against the side and top screens of the lanai, I would like to keep the palms…just not sure how to trim them without killing them…. any suggestions.

  9. Craig says:

    I have 21 queen palms. 1/3 of them get 2 to 3 pods 3 times per year. I cut them off when they reach about 3 ft. or more. I took a wire coat hanger and made two small loops that I attached to the end of the pole saw so I can hook the the top of the pods and pull them down for cutting position. There are hundreds of millions of queen palms in the world. You would think there would be really good tools for this problem. I just figured out the wire trick and will be thinking of something much better.

  10. Craig says:

    One last thing. One of the pods I cut today was 3 1/2 long. When it fell it came straight down and went through the lava rock and weed barrier and and stuck firmly in the ground. These things can kill and injure you. Be very careful when cutting.

  11. scott van tines says:

    In southern California I have 2 queens right next to my pool that are now over 30′ high. I purchased a strap-on attachable ladder and a hunters tree platform and wear a harness with safety rope. My trees put out lots of “torpedos” some of which are massive and would do great damage if they are left to free fall after a cut. Standing on the tree-stand I attach a C-clamp to them with a rope on a pulley so after they cut loose they drop a few feet hanging on the rope and then I lower them down manually. Takes a little more time but a lot more safer than destroying my wifes garden below.

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