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Storing queen palm in garage, artificial light ?

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PalmFreak

Hi,

is anyone storing queens in garage with no natural light ?

due to length I would have keep it on a angle, not sure how I could water with gravity against me spraying soil 

 

thanks 

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PalmFreak

I need to make space for another one :) in house 

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ZPalms
5 hours ago, PalmFreak said:

Hi,

is anyone storing queens in garage with no natural light ?

due to length I would have keep it on a angle, not sure how I could water with gravity against me spraying soil 

 

thanks 

I wonder if it's possible if theirs room in the pot to run one of those hoses through the pot that has the holes in it so you can make sure it's getting watered thoroughly and gravity can just disperse it, I don't know if theirs a better way to watering it but that's just me brainstorming :D

As for the light I think it could work if you got enough of them but come spring time the palm will need to be acclimated back into the sun I think after being under artificial light for so long

I'm sure somebody else would know more than me since this is my first year winter with palms but that's what I would do in your situation :blush2:

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PalmFreak

I guess technically I can spray pot and turn the tree… and water other half.

im just not clear on lights … always had natural light.

 

if anyone has suggestions would be appreciated 

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Jesse PNW

I'm not an expert, but when I move plants indoors I don't have a good south facing window.  So I supplement with LED grow lights.  They seem to work just fine.  

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oasis371

I overwinter four large Queen Palms in my detached, loft garage.  Yes, garage faces directly south and the doors have 50% plexiglass with a small window at the second story, but they get very little direct sun over the winter. However, mine probably stay outside longer than yours. They don't have to go into the garage until late November and emerge in March.  And even in midwinter, I will haul them out, occasionally for a few day, for sun and watering. They do well over the winter and suffer no dieback. They are kept chilly over winter but above 27 F.  I do have some LED bulbs in there but it not bright.  Regarding moving them back outside, surprisingly, they are pretty good in adjusting to the sun outside again, better than many other palms. Hope this helps.

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sashaeffer

I'm in Omaha, NE zone 5b/6a and have many potted queens all over 7 feet tall and some 10ft+.  I keep mine in the garage over the winter. My garage doesn't drop below freezing no matter what the lows are outside. I DO have a wall mounted propane heater now so can keeps temps in the 50's easily.  I do have 12 can lights in ceiling along with a "sun tube" for natural light.

I only water them once a month.

For several years they are doing just fine. One thing I really like about Queens is that in the spring I can simply drag them back outside to where they were sitting before I took them in including direct full sun and they don't flinch like other species.

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Jesse PNW

Dang that's impressive.  I wish my Pheonix roebeliniis could take light adjustments like that.  

What size pots are they in?  Pics? 

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oasis371

Phoenix roebelenii  do burn more than Queens, but they are actually not that bad.  The very, very worst for burning is from the the genus Hyophorbe  (of which I grow two species), but have learned the lesson.

Bottle palms and Spindles can burn really, really bad after their Winter slumber indoors if not acclimated. Dypsis will also burn. Other than slight burning on the Pygmy Dates and potential bad burns on the Hyophorbes and Dypsis, I really don't have issues with palms burning. 

P.S., Cycas revoluta (a cycad, not a palm) will also burn badly in the Spring sun if not acclimated though.

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Fallen Munk
On 9/25/2021 at 6:57 PM, ZPalms said:

I wonder if it's possible if theirs room in the pot to run one of those hoses through the pot that has the holes in it so you can make sure it's getting watered thoroughly and gravity can just disperse it, I don't know if theirs a better way to watering it but that's just me brainstorming :D

Water is the least worry.  A palm wintered indoors might only need two or three waterings.  It's real easy to kill them with water indoors.  Light is the bigger issue.  If you don't have big windows, consider grow lights.

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Will

I overwinter some of my trachys in the Garage. Not much light but also cool temperature and no water. Seems to work fine for them. 

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