Palm Tree Maintenance
As a landscape designer, landscaper, or architect, you have probably had to learn a good deal about palm tree maintenance. Or, perhaps you are new to palm trees and have arrived at Palmco’s site for help with this topic. Our experts have more than 30 years in this industry and can have you well on your way to an in-depth palm tree education.
Palmco is a family-owned business located on 600+ acres in gorgeous Pine Island, Florida. We are one of the largest palm plantations in the country, and we pride ourselves on our expertise and exceptional customer service. When you order your palms from us, you can rest assured that they will arrive on-time and in optimum condition for planting.
Maintaining Palm Trees
With nearly 3,000 palm tree species in the world, the concept of maintaining them might seem a little overwhelming. Palm trees, on the whole, require special care when it comes to their root balls. They don’t branch out like other trees do and won’t increase in size as the tree grows.
Here are the most common areas to consider when it comes to maintaining palm trees:
• Soil. The nutrient-deficient and compacted soil that is found in most urban areas will not have everything a palm tree needs to thrive. Since palm trees gain most of their nutrition from the top-soil, proper fertilization is important.
• Fertilization. Each palm tree will require its own unique combination of nutrition. However, Palmco provides customers with a slow-release palm tree fertilizer that is designed to aid in proper growth.
• Watering. New palms will require consistent watering for at least the first six months. We suggest using bubblers that provide 2-3 gallons per minute. And, they should be placed on both sides of the root ball.
• Pruning. Many palm trees are self-pruning. This means they will shed dead fronds naturally. However, if you must trim them, only remove dead fronds and never trim too close to the trunk.
• Pests. Palms are susceptible to a variety of pests. These include the cabbage palm caterpillar, giant palm borer, palm budworm, palmetto weevil, royal palm bug, and thrips. Learning which pests are prevalent for the palm variety you choose will help you prevent infestation.
• Diseases. Some palms are also more susceptible than others to diseases. These include bud rot, fusarium wilt, Ganoderma butt rot, and lethal yellowing. Choosing palms that are immune to these diseases will increase success.
• Weather. While some palms are quite cold tolerant, others will incur serious damage at lower temperatures. It is important to know each palm’s temperature tolerance. If the palm is going to be exposed to very low temperatures, we suggest wrapping blankets around the trunk and top-soil.
Palm Options Available at Palmco
Palmco grows more than 30 varieties of Florida Fancy (FF) grade palms. We provide our wholesale customers with a large selection of rare and frequently used palm trees. The palms on our plantation range from cold-hardy to tropical. Here’s a short list of our 15 favorite palm tree options:
6. Dwarf Sugar
8. King Alexander
13. Silver Bismarckia
Palm tree maintenance is an art form, but you can quickly acquire what you need to know from the experts at Palmco. Give us a call at (239) 283 1329 to place your first order or to learn more.