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Just bought the following;

most 4-6.5 feet

Canary Island - date palm
mule
pindo
bizmarkias
windmill
sabal causiarum
rhapis multi
arenga elgleri
Sabal minor
silver saw
c. microspadix
seashore Allagoptera arenaria

they are still in the containers for a few more days, two questions

how much/often water should I use now?

After planting, should I install a bubblier on all or some of these?

how much is too much or to little.

I know these are basic questions to you experts, just want them to thrive.

Lastly fertilizer needs

tks

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sonoranfans

hi Bob,

The question isnt that easy, it depends in part on your soil. If you dig a 1'cube whole and fill with water, how long till it drains? If it drains in 4 hrs or less, you have good drainage. If your soil is pure sand, you will need to substantially ammend it with 1/3 organic material. If drainage is good, watering slowly with a drip hose or bubbler every 2 days for the first month, then backing off to every 3 days for another month, then to every 4 days for the 3rd month. I would not fertilize with NPK for 6 weeks, then use a good time release(florikan palm special). Sometimes I will add some fish fertilizer after the first week so there is something to give a little boost that cannot burn.

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LI_Pets

Tom, this holds water, mostly clay but some sand, I filled a hole as suggested, 24hours very little change.

That help

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kahili

Like Tom said, its not an easy question to answer-there are so many variables. Mainly weather. The hotter and sunnier it is, the more you have to water. But you don't want to over water either. You have to water more until they get established, then you can back off the watering some. I would think that you would water more this summer and less next summer. The sun is not that strong right now, so that should cut down on the watering some. When you get a rain-you will soon figure out if it was enough so that you don't have to water the next day or few days etc. If its cloudy for a few days , that will cut down on watering. If you are not sure, dig down in the dirt a few inches and see how dry it is. When I plant a palm, I water it maybe once or twice a week for a few months, depending on how hot it is and if it has rained much that week. But I like to grow on the dry side.

Its up to you if you want to water by hand or set up a sprinkler system

As to fertilizer, I fertilizer right away unless it was barerooted. But if I am taking it right out of a pot-then its used to getting fertilizer and why stop that? There should not be any stress to the plant if you watch the watering. Fert will help it get established faster and if you apply the right amt of slow release,then you won't burn it.

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sonoranfans

Tom, this holds water, mostly clay but some sand, I filled a hole as suggested, 24hours very little change.

That help

I think if you cant break through by digging to drainage, you should consider raised bed gardening, 18" should do it. Failure to drain kills as many palms as not enough water in my experience... You can dig down more and if you cant get to drainable soil, go to a raised bed. If you can get to drainable soil, backfill with 1/3sand 1/3 clay 1/3 organic matter. What you do now could easily be the biggest factor in your success. Most Palms that constantly sit in water cant feed effectively. And if you have poor drainage the 50" of rain in summer could be an issue for no drainage...

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LI_Pets

I'm planting some in raised berms, others need be dug in.

So your saying I should amend the bottom of the hole to drain, I have a 4" auger I can make a 18-24" hole and fill with perhaps 2 parts existing soil ant 1 part compost???

Or half and half mix

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sonoranfans

I'm planting some in raised berms, others need be dug in.

So your saying I should amend the bottom of the hole to drain, I have a 4" auger I can make a 18-24" hole and fill with perhaps 2 parts existing soil ant 1 part compost???

Or half and half mix

I was wondering if you can reach draining soil with that auger. The water needs to be able to escape or it will just sit there, it wont evaporate in clay. I have dug a hole 4+ feet to reach the drainable medium. All you need is an auger whole to drainable medium. there is another possibility, but you might be able to treat your soil with a surfactant(google"aerify"). this worked well for me in the arizona clay I had in my last house. It does not work on all clay just clay that drains poorly due to high sodium. It may take 2-3 weeks to break through the clay...

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