Daytona Beach Palm Trees for Sale
Designing a landscape near saltwater, such as along Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts, can be a challenge.
Not only must plants near the ocean tolerate alkaline or sandy, infertile soils, they also have to tolerate high winds and salt spray. To find the best palm trees for sale for the Daytona Beach area, consider Palmco.
Boasting over 600 acres in production with FF grade wholesale palms, Palmco is one of the largest palm plantations in North America.
Our Pine Island location is ideal for palms because the surrounding waters keep the temperatures perfect all year long. In this environment, our palms are able to reach their highest potential in height, caliper and green fronds.
Daytona Beach has a humid subtropical climate with two basic seasons – hot and wet, and warm and dry. The area is located in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 9B. Although the average winter temperatures rarely drop below 45°F, it’s the salt-carrying sea breezes that can present problems here.
Excess Salinity and Palm Trees
In a process called exosmosis, salt pulls water out of the plant, often resulting in burned, damaged leaves or complete defoliation. Too much salinity in the soil can prevent palm trees from taking in moisture and nutrients through their roots. They may look wilted or dry and scorched, even when they have been adequately watered.
It’s important to select palms that will thrive in your specific soil, sun exposure, and climate.
A palm that likes moist soil will suffer in sandy, dry soil, and vice versa. Injury from salt spray is best avoided by planting salt-tolerant palms, and some species are more tolerant of salinity than others.
At Palmco, we grow several varieties of salt-tolerant palm trees that will thrive in the Daytona Beach climate, such as:
- Canary Island Palm (Phoenix canariensis)
- Cabbage Palm (Sabal palmetto)
- European Fan Palm (Chamaerops humilis)
- Pindo or Jelly Palm (Butia capitata)
- Silver Date Palm (Phoenix sylvestris)
- Washington Palm (Washingtonia robusta)
- Windmill palm (Trachytcarpus fortunei)
How to Protect Palm Trees from Salt
Slow release, organic fertilizers that don’t contain high levels of chlorine, sodium and sulfate are best. Palm roots can extend out more than 50 feet from the trunk of the palm, so also be aware of the type of fertilizer used on your turf. Turf fertilizer can induce potassium and/or magnesium deficiencies in palms.
Palms need fresh water in order to absorb necessary nutrients. And watering them thoroughly will help leach any salts deeper into the soil. Providing good drainage will also help prevent salt buildup in the root zone. After a storm surge, water your palm trees to flush away any salt that could damage their health.
There is a greater potential for salt buildup in containers. Well water and municipal water usually contain dissolved salts. Combine this with poor fertilizers and you can see how salt can buildup in the soil over time. A soil salt meter with metal prongs that you insert in the damp soil is a simple way to measure salinity. Drenching the container often with generous amounts of water may help drain out unwanted salts.
If you have your heart set on palms that are not known for their salt tolerance, consider grouping them with a barrier of highly salt-tolerant varieties or protect them with fences and buildings. Our Palmco experts can help you come up with a good plan for using sensitive varieties of palms in exposed environments.
Palmco offers a wide variety of Florida Fancy (FF) palm trees for sale that are ideal for Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Port Orange, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, DeLand and Deltona.
We’re available to answer all of your questions from Monday through Friday, from 8am to 5pm, or call 1-855-Go-Palmco or 1-239-283-1329 to make an appointment.