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I decided to try a needle palm here in zone 7b Mid-Atlantic. I figure that after 3 years of protection they should be near bulletproof here as they are rated as zone 6b and the summers here can be sweltering. I tried them here before but the first one died during the fall due to transplant shock (as it was shipped bare-root from the west coast) and the second one was a Home Depot blue pot from florida. I don’t think the blue pot one was a very strong plant as the leaves were quite brittle and snapped frequently. I’ve heard blue pots in general aren't very strong due to over-fertilization since they’re so slow growing. 
 

Anyway, this palm was shipped with a pot! So I hope that will ensure it’s survival. I also got it a bit bigger to make sure it’s hardy. I hope y’all like my new baby! 

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Nice. I bought one too as my first one died in 2019, it had scale and declined quickly after a relatively minor freeze. It was a rare-ish hermaphrodite too to make matters worse.

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I wish I felt better about this species, I have found them to be temperamental and less than robust (in the ground or protected in a container over winter), and then, there are the NEEDLES..  Still, would be willing to give them another shot. Good luck!

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I had several needle palms. Those that were planted that got winter sun have spear pull and I think I lost the main trunk.

while those in shadier areas all did fine.

4*F did this.

Current Texas Gardening Zone 9a, Mean (1999-2024): 22F Low/104F High. Yearly Precipitation 39.17 inches.

Extremes: Low Min 4F 2021, 13.8F 2024. High Max 112F 2011/2023, Precipitation Max 58 inches 2015, Lowest 19 Inches 2011.

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Ryan (Paleoclimatologist Since 4 billion Years ago, Meteorologist/Earth Scientist/Physicist Since 1995, Savy Horticulturist Since Birth.)

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15 hours ago, LasPalmerasDeMaryland said:

I decided to try a needle palm here in zone 7b Mid-Atlantic. I figure that after 3 years of protection they should be near bulletproof here as they are rated as zone 6b and the summers here can be sweltering. I tried them here before but the first one died during the fall due to transplant shock (as it was shipped bare-root from the west coast) and the second one was a Home Depot blue pot from florida. I don’t think the blue pot one was a very strong plant as the leaves were quite brittle and snapped frequently. I’ve heard blue pots in general aren't very strong due to over-fertilization since they’re so slow growing. 
 

Anyway, this palm was shipped with a pot! So I hope that will ensure it’s survival. I also got it a bit bigger to make sure it’s hardy. I hope y’all like my new baby! 

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I’m in Northern Virginia...I have two Needles in two different situations...one is sunny and somewhat wet...the other is shady and somewhat dry...both have been in-ground for several years and are doing great. Predictably, the shady one is compact but the fronds remain perfect...the sunny one gets a little bent because of occasional wind but still looks good. I think you’ll find yours to be a great palm without a whole lot of care...my two have never been protected in winter...that’s a nice palm...good luck with yours...

image.thumb.jpg.2df72736069bebcc2c4cd950c95aa904.jpgThis is the sunny one...

image.thumb.jpg.102140738281e565438b3dd6c02ea4cc.jpgThis is the shady one...

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