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First Year Care


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The care your palm receives the first year 

is the most important!

The root ball area should remain moist, but never saturated during the first 6-12 months after planting.  On the other hand, never allow the root zone to dry out completely during this time or irreversible harm could be done to the palm.  If you are not sure the tree has enough moisture, go ahead and water it.  Adequate water is definitely better than too little in our dry climate!

Newly transplanted palms should not be expected to generate many new leaves during this establishment period because the plant’s energy is directed into making new roots.  New top growth indicates a successful transplant.  At this time, feeding may begin on a regular basis.  Be sure and use a fertilizer that is especially formulated for palm trees.  

Palm fertilizers differ from other types by having higher amounts of minor or trace minerals.  These include, iron, manganese, magnesium, sulfur, and other micronutrients.  Granular food should be used 2 to 4 times a year on tropical palms or if using “Lutz” palm fertilizer spikes, 2 to 3 times a year is best.  For desert or other non-tropical palms fertilizing half this amount should be sufficient.

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