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Washingtonia tips for a beginner

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Pablo Palma

Hi everyone. I recently adquired my first palm ever :D. I picked a Washingtonia. Unfortunately I'm just a newbie and don't want my palm to have a bad time. I would like to know the essentials for keeping my palm healthy, how much should I water, what to keep an eye out for. I live in Yucatan (Mexico) where there is plenty of sun and very warm temperatures. Any advice is appreciated, thanks! 

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CodyORB

Washingtonia's grow like weeds in far drier, sandier, and more hostile environments (AZ, CA, NV...). In the Yucatan especially I wouldn't worry about water, fertilizer, or sunlight at all. With the "wires" around the leaves, this looks like a Washingtonia filifera, which is known to be sensitive to humid environments. I would plant this in the ground within a year or two as this is a fast genus and it will have roots trying to bust out of the pot pretty soon!

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Pablo Palma
3 hours ago, CodyORB said:

Washingtonia's grow like weeds in far drier, sandier, and more hostile environments (AZ, CA, NV...). In the Yucatan especially I wouldn't worry about water, fertilizer, or sunlight at all. With the "wires" around the leaves, this looks like a Washingtonia filifera, which is known to be sensitive to humid environments. I would plant this in the ground within a year or two as this is a fast genus and it will have roots trying to bust out of the pot pretty soon!

Thank you, much appreciated. The guy who sell it to me said I should water it daily but I wanted a second opinion on that since as you said, it grows in desserts. W. filifera? I wasn't expecting that! I didn't asked for the species because I assumed it would be a robusta (much more common in gardening stores in my city). Great, I'll do my best tacking care of this beauty. 

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PalmatierMeg

Water when soil dries out. You do not need to water any Washy daily. Make sure the potting medium is loose and free draining. Never let palm sit in standing water. Welcome to PalmTalk.

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On 10/26/2020 at 11:13 AM, Pablo Palma said:

Thank you, much appreciated. The guy who sell it to me said I should water it daily but I wanted a second opinion on that since as you said, it grows in desserts. W. filifera? I wasn't expecting that! I didn't asked for the species because I assumed it would be a robusta (much more common in gardening stores in my city). Great, I'll do my best tacking care of this beauty. 

It may still be Robusta. The petiole bases have the characteristic brownish/Reddish color. There is a chance this could even be a hybrid “Filibusta”!

Also to note, Filifera leaves have a more dull/slate color than Robusta. The leaves in the picture a deep green, though it could just be lighting.

Only time will tell. Filifera’s tend to have a thicker trunk than Robusta’s as well.

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