Windmill Palm Tree Care
Windmill palm tree care doesn’t have to be complicated. Learn everything you need to know from the experts at Palmco.
Palmco is home to dozens of species of rare and conventional palm tree varieties. Our family’s 600+ acre palm plantation is one of the largest in the country, and we pride ourselves on our more than three decades of experience and expertise. Customer service is a focal point of how we run our business.
Palmco is also devoted to preserving the environment. We utilize a state-of-the-art irrigation and fertilization system that works in conjunction with our soil moisture monitoring stations. This enables us to ensure that our trees are spoon-fed the necessary moisture and nutrients they need while simultaneously reducing the leaching of unwanted impurities. And, all by-products and plant waste materials are turned into mulch that is reused in our palm tree beds.
Windmill Palm Facts
Windmill Palms (Trachycarpus fortunei) grow well in USDA zones 7B-10B. They are native to central China and can reach heights of 40 feet tall, though most stop at about 25 feet. They are considered slow growers, growing only about one foot per year.
Keep in mind that Windmill Palms can have a spread of up to 10 feet in width. That is why we suggest that you space them 6-10 feet apart when you plant them around a patio or other sitting area.
These palms are used in parks and gardens throughout the world because they are capable of tolerating cold winters and cool summers as well as warmer, subtropical temperatures. In fact, they can be grown as far north as Canada.
Caring for Windmill Palms
Windmill Palms can require specific attention to watering habits and soil density. You can encourage strong growth when you plant them in well-draining soils. Waterlogged soil can expose this type of palm to root rot, which will then invite diseases and pests.
On the flip side, placing these palms in soils that are too dry can also be detrimental. Extremely dry soil will stunt their growth.
In addition to monitoring the moisture level in the Windmill palm’s soil, it is important to pay attention to the richness and fertility of the soil. We suggest that you use a slow-release fertilizer twice a year and water appropriately.
Little pruning is required for this palm, but wind exposure should be taken into consideration. These palms have sturdy trunks, but gusty areas can cause damage. Plant them in shaded or partially shaded locations that offer some form of protection from direct wind.
Windmill Palms are excellent palms to add to walkways and will provide any structure with a touch of elegance and a tropical feel. When they are properly cared for, these palms are highly desirable and absolutely stunning.
For additional assistance on Windmill palm tree care or to learn more about other palm tree options, Palmco can help. Give us a call at (239) 283 1329.