By Rudy yuma,az
Planted a single Revoluta and twenty years later ended up with this beautiful female. Hows it look?
I was looking at one of my queen palms today and it looks like the newest leaves are coming out in a slightly smaller and more chlorotic form. My Queens have never had a nutrient deficiency or frizzletop since they were planted in 1994 (very lucky for a South Floridian). The leaves do not seem to show signs of a frizzletop like Mn deficiency... any thoughts? If it is a nutrient deficiency, is there a way to increase soil pH or permanently resolve an issue like that without using chemical fertilizers or making the palms dependent on external help to grow properly?
I have quite a few palms I’ve transplanted the last couple years. And, most of them are doing great, and I expect they’ll look even better the second year as the roots have grown enough to support them.
I usually add Fertilome Root Stimulator (4-10-3) directly after transplanting and fertilize them every three months with Scott’s Palm and Ornamental slow release fertilizer (8-4-8)every 3-4 months. In the spring- usually the end of February, because spring arrives early here is southeast Georgia- I’ll add Vigrio (sp) fast release pelletized fertilizer and I also add it in the middle of the summer.
Last year I saw a FB ad selling two windmill palms for $20 each. I couldn’t resist, so I loaded my trailer up, dug them up and planted them in a part-shade/part sun area in the yard. Down here, full sun doesn’t do these guys any favors. After transplanting them in April, the older leaves started to yellow. I figured that the new growth would be greener, and it was. Now it seems all the leaves are on the yellow side. I thought this might be because of the cooler weather. However, they are also planted in an area that receives a lot of water, a lot more than any of my other palms. It does drain off, but I’m wondering if the nutrients are leaching; the soil is loamy on the sandy side.
What are some fast acting, immediate release fertilizers you guys have experience with?
I know I know they aren't palms! But still cold hardy testing none the less lol. So far these have seen 19F, many low to mid 20s for lows at night and even 36 hours bellow freezing! Might as well document these while we are having this well bellow average false winter....errrr Fall.
Here they are right before our first dip in the teens. Filmed around November 20th
Here they are this AM.
ZERO protection from our weather and so surprising that the little guys are still doing so well. Hoping they pull through to spring as Id love to have a set of these in the garden.
Here is the curling trachycarpus, dying yucca gloriosa and others. Can't wait to put them in the ground!