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Watering Guide

Although palms can be planted any time of the year, it is important to carefully monitor the amount of heat or cold the site experiences for six months after planting to insure success.  Palms slow down or stop growth completely during our cooler months and when planted during this time may take as long as 6 months to establish new roots due to lower soil temperatures.  At this time, they will need less water and fertilizer.  

Watering twice weekly in winter is usually enough although, in soil that drains well, 3 times a week is okay.  Palms establish roots quickly during our warm months (April-October) due to the higher soil temperatures.  Trees planted from early spring through summer usually set new roots in 2-3 months.  

Watering 3 times a week is best during summer months when temperatures exceed 100 degrees.  Daily irrigation is allowed in fast draining soils, however in heavy clay, watering every other day with a longer cycle will allow deeper watering and encourage roots to grow deeper.  This will help them stay cooler in summer and will minimize leaf burn.  Skipping a day between watering also allows good soil drainage so roots can absorb the oxygen they need to stay healthy.

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