How Do You Revive a Dying Palm Tree?

How Do You Revive a Dying Palm Tree?

Did you plant a palm for a customer who is now wondering, “How do you revive a dying palm tree?” With help from the experts at Palmco, you will have the answer to that question and access to additional guidance and information about a wide array of palm trees.

Palmco is a family owned, multi-generational, business established more than 30 years ago. We are located on beautiful Pine Island in Florida. Our 600-acre palm and bamboo plantation is home to more than 20 varieties of palm trees and other ornamentals, such as Mast Trees.

We pride ourselves on our depth of knowledge about the plants and palms we grow and our ability to provide our wholesale customers with exceptional customer service. When you order your palms, bamboos, or other ornamentals from us, you can rest assured that they will arrive on time in ready-to-plant condition.

If you are struggling with the condition of a palm or bamboo you have already installed, you can come to us for the answers you need.

Reviving Dying Palms

Each palm tree is different, but the methods for treating them are quite similar. When you notice that your palm tree is starting to look unwell, the first step is to check to see if it’s getting adequate water. Ideally, the root ball should be soaked.

If it seems okay, trim off all the dead fronds. If you have the ability, we suggest you treat the palm with a fungicidal drench. This should be applied to both the root ball and the head. You should also apply a slow release, palm specific, fertilizer. Then, after 6 weeks, do this all again.

If these things do not work to revive your customer’s palm, the palm may have to be replaced. To be certain the new palm will thrive, we suggest using a high-quality root stimulator that includes amino acids, growth hormones, endomycorrhizal fungi, and humic acid. This helps reduce the issues associated with transplant shock.

Choosing Your Next Palm

Unfortunately, not all dying palms can be revived. When this happens, you will need to replace the dead tree with a healthy, attractive one. Here are some of our favorite palm options:

King Alexander (Archontophoenix alexandrae)
If you are looking for a noble palm to add as a center piece, this one, hailing from Australia, is our top pick. This is an impressively cold hardy palm as well, able to withstand temperatures as low as 25 degrees Fahrenheit. If you regularly feed and water this tree, you will notice faster growth.

Bottle (Hyophorbe tagenicaulis)
Found to come from a small group of islands off Madagascar’s east coast, this palm is a wonderful accent palm. It is eye catching due to its oddly swollen trunk and short height, not exceeding 12 feet tall. As long as you keep this one in well-drained soil, your clients will enjoy it for many years.

Foxtail (Wodyetia bifurcate)
Northern Australia is home to this fast growing, moderately drought tolerant palm tree. The last decade has been good for this tree, thanks to its unique visual markings and reflective qualities. It’s a palm you simply must see for yourself.

Now that you have the answers to “how do you revive a dying palm?” we hope you will contact us for your next installation requirements. You can reach the Palmco experts at (239) 283-1329.