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 Frequently Asked Questions
1. Should the trees be watered from the top or bottom?
You water trees from the bottom, watering from the top can cause bud rot more often than not.
2. Is it true that you have to face the tree in the same direction it was when it first grew? No
3. How do you fertilize palms?
Use a special fertilizer made only for palms because they have nutrient requirements other plants don't have: Magnesium, manganese, iron, and sulfur are needed in higher concentrations than what is found in most fertilizers.
4. How long does it take for fronds to push out?
That depends on available nutrients, water, and time of planting?
5. How old are these palmetto trees?
From seed germination to 7 years very little trunk growth takes place, the next ten years you get rapid upright grown, 1 to 2 feet a year. After that growth slows to an average of 1 to 3 inches a year.
6. Where do you get your palm trees?
Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas and Georgia.
7. Why are the root balls on palmetto trees are so small?
When you dig a Palmetto all the roots die, therefore there is no need to carry a large root ball at the time of transplanting.
8. Do I need to do anything special to the trees in winter time?
You should fertilize your palms lightly before the onset of winter to ensure a healthy plant. Some varieties that are more cold tender, some precaution should be taken such as frost and wind protection.
9. How much do palm trees weigh?
This varies according to the type of palm. Palmettos average 100 lbs per trunk foot, Pindos average 500 lbs per trunk foot, Canary Island Dates average 1000 lbs per trunk foot. See the Gallery for more specific information.
10. How much sun or shade does a palm need?
This depends on the variety, some take full sun, others take full shade and some are anywhere in between. See the Gallery for more specific information.
11. Why do some trees have boots and others do not?
Trees are very individualistic growers and have their own characteristics.
12. How can I tell if my tree is dead?
If the center bud is brown and easily removed, the plant will more than likely die. If the bud is still green it has a chance of reviving itself.
13. Do I need to do anything to the soil before you come out and plant a tree?
Most native soils in our area are fine. Some amendments( sand ) to heavy clay soils may be helpful.
14. What is the difference between a palmetto and a palm tree?
A palmetto tree is merely one variety of over 2000 varieties of palms in the world.
15. Why do palmetto trees have burn spots on their trunks?
Palmettos are collected from natural stands therefore wild fires may have been in that area.
16. What causes a palm to curve?
The center bud of a palm tree naturally grow straight towards the sun. In it's effort to maintain this upward path, the tree will weave it's way in and around the forrest canopy, thus creating a curve. By strategically positioning the tree and over a good bit of time, you may cause the tree to curve.
17. How much water should I put on this tree and for how long?
Water and fertilization schedules are determined on site because soil type and property elevation affect these recommendations: General rule of thumb is to use 5 gallons per tree per watering.
18. Will palm roots damage my foundation or driveway?
In general, palm tree roots are no bigger than your finger and do not swell up like oak or pine tree roots, therefore they will not push up on your concrete, etc… and break it.
19. Why do some palm trees come with no foliage?
Palmettos have no root survivability, therefore by removing the foliage you lessen the stress on the plant during transplanting. Other palms such as the pindo palm, have some root survivability, therefore they are able to support the foliage during transplanting.
20. When is the best time of year to plant palms?
Palm trees like to be transplanted when they are actively growing. Spring and summer are best but some varieties can be planted all year.
21. How often do you need to fertilize palms?
You should fertilize palms twice a year as you do your lawn; heavy in the spring and light in the fall.
22. How far north will palm trees survive?
Certain varieties of palms will survive in single digit temperatures with light snow, other varieties must have at least 40 degrees to survive.
23. Why are palmettos one price regardless of size, whereas other palms are priced according to size?
Palmettos come from natural stands and all other palms are nursery grown.
24. Can palms be pruned to keep size small?
Solitary trunk palms cannot but muti-trunk palms can.
25. How deep can palms be planted?
Palms should be planted with the top of root ball at the top of the soil, planting deeper than it originally grew is not recommended.
26. How are palms pruned?
You prune a palm by removing the dead foliage from the bottom up.
27. I have a real small yard with no access for equipment, can I still get a palm?
To date, we have not found a yard in which we could not plant!
28. What are boots on a palm tree?
Boots are the old frond base that is still attached to the trunk of tree.
29. I have heard that sagos are not really palms, is that true?
Yes, that is true. They are cycads which is a palm-like plant.
30. My sago did not push foliage this year, instead it is pushing a large cone shaped object, what is that?
That is the male flower emerging which will release it's pollen similar to the way a pine cone does. The female sago grows a mound in the center which opens up to capture the pollen, thus geminating it. After the flowering process is complete, you may not get new fronds until the next growth cycle.
31. Why is drip irrigation better than spray irrigation better for watering my palm trees?
Because drip irrigation concentrates the water right over the root ball, thus saturating the soil to the depth of the bottom of the root ball. Spray irrigation spreads the water over a large area, thus water penetration is only inches deep.
32. Can I just go out in the woods and dig up any palm? You can try this but success rates are poor considering the amount of work involved.
33. How many palms are actually native to South Carolina?
Four palms are native to South Carolina: sabal palmetto, sabal minor, saw palmetto, and needle palm.
34. What kind of palms can be used in a wet area?
Sabal minor, needle palm and sabal palmetto can live in wet areas.
35. Will deer eat my palms?
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