In a Nutshell
Known as one of the most cold-hardy palms in the world, Windmill Palms can add an exotic touch to European gardens
- Latin name: Trachycarpus Fortunei
- Origin: mountain slopes of Eastern Asia
- Suitable for the Northern European climate
- Perennial plant (stays in the ground all year and wakes up (usually) in the spring)
- Ideal for both gardens and pots
- Can reach a height of 4m
- Spread of 2m in 10 years
- Thick stem
- Height on delivery: 60-80cm
- Can be planted at any time of the year, but ideally it should be done during the spring and summer season
- Dig a hole bigger than the root-ball, which should be given a soak before planting, then backfill with a free draining mix
- Water thoroughly
- If planting during a dry spell, water the hole first, allow draining, plant, backfill and then water again
- A bright, sunny spot sheltered from strong winds is ideal
- Can also be grown in a shaded position, though lower light levels result in the palm growing longer petioles (leaf stems)
- Good drainage is the key to success with most hardy palms
- sharp sand and/or grit or fibrous organic material such as composted green waste should be mixed into the soil, especially if it has a high clay content
- Light well-drained soil also warms up more quickly in the spring thus aiding the palm’s growth
- It is good to supplement feed
- Unlike other trees, palms cannot be pruned
- Dead lower leaves can be removed
- When cutting the fronds, it is crucial to take care of the bark and avoid exposing the underlying layers
- Apply fertilizer one week before removing yellowing leaves
- Use appropriate tools to prevent accidents or damage the bark
- Cleanly cut off yellow or brown fronds at the base of the stem
- During the winter most hardy palms are effectively dormant and require little care
- Once the growing season is underway palm should be periodically watered to prevent it from drying out (especially palms grown in containers)
- To keep palm in tip-top condition, apply fertiliser with every other watering
- Ideal growing conditions vary among palm species, but most suffer similarly when they receive too little or too much water
- Potted and newly planted palms are most vulnerable to water stress
- Soil dryness is usually a reliable indicator of a need for watering
- In severe cases, symptoms appear on the foliage or trunk
- Grass-free ring or mounded berm around the base of the tree at the edge of the root mass makes it easier to ensure that the palm roots receive adequate water
- A layer of mulch conserves soil moisture, blocks weed and regulates soil temperature
Images shown are for guidance only of the expected results from plants upon maturity. Different growing conditions may vary results.
Customers should check whether plants are suitable for their homes and gardens before purchasing.
See here for care recommendations for garden products.
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