What are Palm Trees?
Most Palm Trees will grow best in full sun, but they can tolerate some shade. Newly planted trees should be watered deeply twice weekly until they are established. A balanced slow release fertilizer can be applied in the spring. During severe winters palm trunks can be wrapped with frost cloth or burlap to protect them from damage. A deep watering and a thick layer of mulch will help to protect the roots during severe freezing temperatures as well.
Palm trees don’t generally need pruned, but in cooler climates or even in a harsh winter in warmer climates foliage may be damaged. Trim the fronds back to where the stalk meets the trunk or to the juncture where it meets up with other foliage. Trim with an appropriate tool depending on the size of your Palm Tree. You can use scissors, pruning shears, loppers, or even a pole saw for large trees. These tropical trees will have fronds that die back naturally. For indoor Palm Trees, simply trim them off with scissors for a clean and tidy look.
Start by digging a hole about twice the width of your Palm Tree’s root ball and not quite as deep as the root ball is tall. Place your tree evenly in the hole. The top of the root ball should be slightly higher than the existing soil line. Next, backfill with the soil you originally removed. Water deeply until the ground is fully saturated. Apply 1 to 2 inches of mulch around your tree and extend the mulch mound a couple inches beyond the tree’s canopy.
For indoor Palms plant your tree in a similar way, but in a pot and soil that both drain well.
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