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Are my palm trees dead?

Postby wally09 » Jun 16, 2014 10:48 pm

I planted four Windmill Palm tree's (Trachycarpus Fortunei) from Costco last summer & planted in my backyard. They get full sun the majority of the day, and the sloped garden they are in is irrigated. I also fertilized them once last year & this past spring. However, the harsh winter that we got hit with on Vancouver Island took it's toll on most of my new plantings. I am not sure if the palms are slowly dying, or if they are just extremely slow to recover.

I clipped the damaged fronds in the spring, and new ones started to poke up. However, none of the trees are greening up & some of the new fronds poking up were simply pulled out & appear rotted or decayed. The base of them is all soggy & there were even maggots on some. The fronds that are left on are very slowly greening at the base, but there is not much else going on.

Are these tree's done for, or should I wait it out to see what happens?

(The one in the pot was in the front yard, but had to be dug out because of excavation going on)

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Re: Are my palm trees dead?

Postby Ian66 » Jun 17, 2014 6:44 am

Looks like your palms didn't make it due to the winter conditions......remember that Windmill Palms are rated USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11....so you must mulch over and protect small (newly planted) palms for at least the first winter....
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Re: Are my palm trees dead?

Postby wally09 » Jun 17, 2014 9:32 pm

Ian66 wrote:Looks like your palms didn't make it due to the winter conditions......remember that Windmill Palms are rated USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11....so you must mulch over and protect small (newly planted) palms for at least the first winter....


Yes that was my first thought, as my newly planted New Zealand flax also got decimated by the winter this year. I was hoping the palms would survive though, and didn't protect them as I was advised by a palm "expert" at work not to. But I guess this particular winter was too much for the babies.

I will leave them for now & see if anything happens. Will probably replant after the upcoming winter...
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