bsanders44 Posted October 27, 2021 Report Share Posted October 27, 2021 I'm a long time lurker on this site, and figured I'd post some photos of a needle palm that's been growing in-ground, outdoors, year-round for about five years at my parents' house in Western Massachusetts. I live in San Diego, and bought them this palm online, figuring that it would probably die during its first winter. However, it has continued to survive and grow, albeit very slowly, only putting out around three leaves per year. Each winter, around mid-November, my parents cover the palm with mulch, and then dig it back out in April. That's the only winterizing done to this plant. It's on the south side of their house, about three feet from the foundation, in an area that's relatively dry, at least compared to the rest of their yard. When my parents remove the mulch each spring, they also place a laundry basket over the plant for a couple of weeks to allow the leaves to acclimatize to the sunlight. The first spring they simply removed the mulch and the leaves burned, setting the plant back significantly. Now they seem to have a good routine, and the plant has grown 3-4 inches of "trunk" and a LOT of needles around its base. I've never seen a palm grown outdoors this far into the northeast, and it's particularly surprising that it's survived, given that winters in Western Massachusetts are about 5-10 degrees F colder than the coast. Just thought I'd share... 14 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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