Question: Hi. I have 3 Foxtail Palms that are approx. 15 feet tall. They were planted approx. 3 years ago. I live in Florida and as you know we had a long, cold winter. All of the branches were brown, so we trimmed all of them off. There is new green growth coming out of the top. The problem is, the new branches seem very weak. They will come out and then either fall over (hanging against the trunk) or break off about 6-8 inches from the top. Could you suggest anything that I could do to prevent this? Anything that would make the tree branches stronger? Thanks for your help!
Answer: Sorry to hear about your palm trees. There is little you can do. Since there is a new growth, I think your palms will survive. It might take them a full year to recover. Keep watering and protect them from cold during winter. Florida doesn’t get a lot of cold days but those cold snaps can do even more damage than just cold temperatures. When it gradually gets colder every day, palms have enough time to adjust to the winter season and slow down their process. When it is a sudden cold, palms are not prepared and that is why the cold damage can be greater. If you know that a cold snap is coming, spray your palm with Freeze Pruf. This great spray will create a protective layer around your palm. Here is more info on how to protect palm trees from cold.
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