How to Identify Palm Trees

With over 2,500  species, it can be challenging to identify a palm tree. So, it is not surprising that I get a lot of emails asking for help with palm tree identification. Since different palms require different care, it is important to know its species. Some palms like a lot of sun and warm climate, others prefer shade and can tolerate cold temperatures. In my opinion, cold tolerance is one of the most …

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How to Care for Palm Trees

Caring for palm trees can be a fun and rewarding if you know what you are doing. I this article I am going to reveal my secrets to successful palm tree care. I’ve learned them over the years working at the nursery and in my own garden. The key factors are: selecting the right palm, planting, watering, fertilizing, trimming and cold protection. Choosing the right palm tree It all starts with choosing …

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7 Tips for Minimizing Transplant Shock in Palm Trees

After getting transplanted, palm trees usually experience what is called “transplant shock”. Transplant shock caused due to roots being disturbed and exposed to air and sunlight. This happens because palm trees were not designed to be moved from one place to another. When you move a palm tree, it loses a lot or most of the roots. Remaining roots have a hard time providing palm with enough water. That leads …

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Transplanting Palm Tree to a Bigger Container

This is probably the easiest transplanting project out of all of them because you don’t need to dig out the palm or transport it somewhere. Also, if you moving a palm from one container to another, that means your palm is small. Remember, palm trees can’t grow in the container forever. Eventually, you will have to transplant it into the ground or it will die. Step 1. Bigger container. Start …

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Top 10 Palm Tree Transplanting Mistakes

In this article I wanted to list top 10 most common mistakes gardeners make when transplanting a palm. Of course there are much more things that can go wrong but this should help. Mistake 1: Planting too deep. The palm should always be planted so that the top of the root-shoot interface is about one inch below the surface of the soil. Planting too deep might result in water stress, …

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Transplanting Palm Tree From One Location to Another

Whether you are trying to move a palm tree from one location to another one in your garden or getting a field grown palm tree from a nursery, the planting steps would be the same. Understanding how palm roots grow and respond to being cut will help you avoid damaging them and increase palms survival rate. Palm trees don’t have woody roots like broadleaf trees. They have a lot of …

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Palm Tree Cold Hardiness Zone Map

The USDA Hardiness Zone Map is a map with regions defined by a 10 degree Fahrenheit difference in the average annual minimum temperature. This map divides North America into 11 separate zones. The higher the zone number, the warmer the area. Information from the zone map helps gardeners to compare their garden climates and determine what plants will grow in their area. Keep in mind, this map only shows average …

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Secret to Growing Cold Hardy Palm Trees

If you live in a cold climate and would like to grow palm trees in your garden, you are not alone. Many gardeners from northern areas want to have a tropical paradise in their yard. The good news is, cold hardy palm trees can be grown virtually anywhere. A lot of people don’t know that palm trees can be grown in 40 states. Some cold hardy palms can tolerate cold …

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Importance of Microclimate When Choosing Cold Hardy Palms

Are you wondering how do some gardeners manage to grow beautiful palm trees in cold climates? It seems like they are the only ones that have a tropical paradise while gardeners around them are struggling. The secret to their success might be the microclimate. Microclimate is a relatively small area about few yards or even smaller, that has a slightly different climate from a general climate of a region. This small …

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Top 5 Factors Affecting Cold Hardy Palm Tree Growth

Most palm trees can be only seen in tropical climates. But luckily, there are also palm trees that comfortably grow in subtropical and temperate climates. You will be probably surprised to find out that there are even palm trees that can survive in the area with subzero temperatures and snowfalls. These palm trees are very cold hardy. To grow cold hardy palm trees successfully in cold climates, you need to …

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Quick Way to Protect Palm Trees from Cold

For many years scientists have been trying to come up with an anti-freeze solution that would protect palm trees from cold without damaging them. Recently, researchers from the University of Alabama and Miami University had a scientific breakthrough. Dr. David Francko and his team have developed a revolutionary antifreeze solution called FreezePruf. The FreezePruf is an eco-safe spray that improves natural cold tolerance of the plant by about 2 – …

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How to Save a Dying Palm Tree

Is your palm tree dying and you don’t know what to do? This article will help you save your palm. Before getting to the saving part, you need to figure out why your palm tree is dying. There are a lot of reasons why your palm might not be feeling  so well. It could be day-to-day palm tree care, climate, disease, insects or some kind of injury. Most people skip …

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Cold Damaged Palm Tree Care

Cold Damaged Palm Tree

I get a lot of emails from palm tree owners, asking for advice on how to save cold-damaged palm trees. In my previous article, called Palm Tree Cold Protection, I’ve outlined few steps you can take to protect your palm trees before freezing temperatures are reached. Today, I will tell you, what you need do to save your cold-damaged palms.

The most important and the most vulnerable part of the palm tree is the bud. Bud is where new leaves emerge. If the bud tissue of the palm has NOT been severely damaged, the palm should recover and start producing new leaves during the following summer. New emerging leaves might be deformed, partially brown or have other abnormalities. It might take from 6 months to one year from the freeze for the palm tree to recover. If the bud tissue has been severely damaged, the palm might not survive.

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Palm Tree Insects and Diseases

Bud Rot This disease can be caused by various fungal pathogens, Phytophthora species and Thielaviopsis species, as well as by bacterial pathogens. While bud rot tends to occur after a tropical storm or periods of excessive rain, bacterial bud rot tends to occur after the bud has been damaged by cold weather. More » Ganoderma Root This disease is caused by the fungus, Ganoderma zonatu , which can infect many …

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Palm Tree Types

Palm Trees belong to Palmae family also known as Arecaceae. Palms are among the best known and extensively cultivated plant families. There are around 202 currently known genera and 2,500 different palm tree species in the world, most of which are restricted to tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate climates. Palm Trees usually are described by it’s appearance and cold tolerance. They can be separated into few major types depending on …

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15 Most Popular Palm Trees

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When someone mentions Florida, images of Blue Ocean, white sand, and beautiful Florida Palm Trees come to mind. Florida’s warm tropical climate makes it one of the best places in the world for growing palm trees. If you live in tropical climate like Florida the selection of palm trees you can plant in your garden is almost unlimited. Palms make excellent landscape plants. Whether you want to frame a view …

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Top 10 Palm Tree Care Mistakes

Palm Trees are very easy to grow but even easier to kill if you don’t know what you are doing. Here are the most common palm tree care mistakes that owners make: 1. OVER-WATERING a new planted palm. You will notice the palm tree leaves turning brown or yellow and falling off quickly without drying first. To avoid this mistake, you need to make sure the palm soil has good …

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How to Water Palm Trees The Right Way

Watering Palm Trees the right way is very important. Most of the Palm Trees like moist and well drained soil. But, it is easier said than done. A lot of palm tree enthusiasts over water their palms or don’t provide enough water, because they don’t know how to check for soil moist level. They have no idea how much water their palm needs and how often to water it. 1. …

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Palm Tree Fertilization

Palm trees nutritional deficiencies are easily prevented by following a yearly fertilization program. Mature palms in the landscape should be fertilized with a complete granular fertilizer formulated for palms. 3 to 4 applications of a palm fertilizer are recommended to provide a constant supply of nutrients during the growing season. Be sure to only fertilize during the growing season (end of March through end of October). If you are using …

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