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My 6-7 year-old outdoor date palm trees are growing side-sprouts, resulting in multiple trunks. How do I prevent this from happening?

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what age are the palms? Are they growing indoors or outdoors? –  kevinsky May 7 '12 at 16:22
    
Several years, outdoor. –  Jonathan May 9 '12 at 7:01

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Many trees do this. This may be their natural habit. If you'd prefer a single trunk the thing to do is prune the shoots as soon as you're aware of them so that the roots aren't wasting too much energy on them instead of your main trunk.

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Sounds like a clumping Senegal date palm, Pheonix reclinata, or hybrid variety. Which will always have bottom growth. If that is the case, trimming as previously answered is your best bet.

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