Hemp palm gets brown leaves - causes and treatment tips


Hemp palms are usually very resistant. The leaves can turn brown due to minor maintenance errors. However, these can usually be eradicated very quickly.

Brown leaves are a sign of improper care Every gardener has one or the other plant that is cherished and cared for with full care. Here you just want to do everything right. It is not uncommon for gardeners to suddenly be confronted with brown leaves. What can that be?

No fear. In most cases, it's nothing bad. Brown leaves on the hemp palm are often an indication that something went wrong with the care. If you react quickly, you can save your plant in time.

Possible causes of brown leaves

Nutrient deficiency

If your hemp palm suffers from a lack of nutrients, either the substrate is too old or unsuitable, the pot is too small or the addition of fertilizer is too low.

Newly purchased palm trees are usually rooted in a suitable substrate. The plants can remain in the pots until the roots grow stronger through the holes for water drainage. When repotting, the pot or bucket should always be slightly larger than the one previously used (reading tip: repotting hemp palm - this is how you create the best conditions for good growth).

A mixture of compost and peat is a suitable substrate for hemp palms. An additional addition of loamy soil increases the stability. In addition, regular fertilization with an ordinary foliage plant fertilizer every two weeks makes sense. If you already follow all the tips mentioned, nutrient deficiency is probably not the cause of the brown leaves of your palm.

Lack of light

Hemp palms like sunny locations, but also tolerate partial shade. However, if your palm is permanently in the shade, this can lead to poor growth and sagging leaves.

The obvious solution: put your hemp palm in a lighter place.

Low humidity

Too little humidity can also affect the leaf health of your hemp palm.


Solve the problem by spraying the palm fronds daily with a spray bottle, especially during the summer months. The leaves do not have to be dripping wet. A light network of moisture is sufficient.

Casting defects

Keep your hemp plant moderately moist. Avoid prolonged dryness as well as standing water in the planter. Persistent water shortage, as with most plants, is shown by leaves that first become flaccid, then yellow and finally brown.


However, irrigation in excess is also harmful: the roots of the palm begin to rot if the pot is in water for a long time. If your hemp palm is rooted in the garden, there is only a risk of watering over heavily loamy soils. Otherwise the excess moisture can easily seep away.


Hemp palms are hardy plants, but can still suffer damage at very low temperatures, which is then visible through brown leaves. The limit of frost tolerance for container plants is -10 ° C and for hemp palms in the garden at -17 ° C.

»Winter protection for container plants

You can protect smaller container plants from extreme frost by moving to the winter quarters in the house. In larger tubs that stay outside in winter, the frost can be reduced with two layers of mats made of organic material such as jute or straw. Cover the surface of the bucket with a layer of brushwood.

»Winter protection for the field

Hemp palms in the garden protect you with a thick layer of foliage that you spread around the trunk. Then cover the leaves with fir branches to be on the safe side.