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Temple of the Palms


JayR

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Hi, new member here from Bokeelia, Florida on Pine Island. I only have a few palms in pots at this time, 38 coconut to be exact. They are in generic "5 gallon" nursery pots and have been there for 6 months. These have grown some and I do plan to line my driveway with them next year. They have filled out the pots and I'd like to get anyone's advice on how to store them best for the next six months. 
Question:
Would it be better to keep them as-is in the pots, up-pot them to a larger size pot, or plant them temporarily in the ground with expectation of digging and transplanting them in spring time? 

Bokeelia is the epicenter of the palm growing area of Pine Island, and I'd like to share this video showing some of them and an odd garden setting. Hope you enjoy.
Temple of the Palms:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ea1otcJ491M

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Why not plant them now? I planted a 6-month old dwarf red spicata seedling in my yard in Cape Coral today. Bookelia winters are milder than mine and they will keep growing. Or are you planning to move? I wouldn't plant any coconut right next to a driveway or building.

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Meg

Palms of Victory I shall wear

Cape Coral (It's Just Paradise)
Florida
Zone 10A on the Isabelle Canal
Elevation: 15 feet

I'd like to be under the sea in an octopus' garden in the shade.

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Hi, Meg. I know they will do fine on Pine Island. I'll be planting them far enough from the drive to not be a bother to cars. The reason I need to wait is that the sides of the driveway is being used for storage of material at this time, so I'll have to wait for final planting. 
One other option is to plant in ground but keep them in the pots. I expect they will root through the pots but that might be an easier format to re-dig and transplant.

I see a number of people have read this but haven't given me any advice about my options.
Could anyone please help?
I've attached a pic of the driveway, the trees will go along the black lines.

Hubbard Mulch.jpg

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How big/old are they? Are you really going to plant them within 6 months, i.e., at the start of next rainy season? If it were me I would gather them on a paved or concrete pad (so their roots are air pruned) and leave them over the winter where I can water them and observe their conditions. Repotting or "temporarily" planting for 6 months is a lot of time and work you'll have to undo anyway. Coconuts are tough except when it comes to cold. And they're available everywhere on Pine Island. They float down my canal all the time.

Meg

Palms of Victory I shall wear

Cape Coral (It's Just Paradise)
Florida
Zone 10A on the Isabelle Canal
Elevation: 15 feet

I'd like to be under the sea in an octopus' garden in the shade.

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I should have explained their size. They are all similar size, about 4-5 ft. and just beginning to change from strap leaves to divided fronds. Thanks for the advice. I have recently fertilized and added a bit more soil to the pots. I have them in 1/2 day sun and can continue watering them. Thanks for your advice.

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Welcome to the forum! I would wait till you are going to plant them permenantly. They are tough but you still might have setback when digging them up. It's hit or miss, I've moved some that were that size and they didn't miss a beat, while other times they sat for a season without much fanfare. Meg is right that they will grow in the ground through winter, but I don't know if you gain that much growth with the shorter days and cooler temps. Let us know what you do!

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