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Growing a Canary Island Date Palm in New York City


Nomad NYC

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  • 3 months later...

Ok,  I know, It's been a while since I've given an update here on the status of my little Canary Island Date Palm. I've been super busy at work these past few months, but now I can finally get back to this during my free time this Christmas Holiday weekend.

As you can see in the below pictures, it has managed to recover pretty well over the spring , summer and fall season:

July:

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August:

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September:

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October:

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November:

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November is the month when the temperature begins to get cold here in New York City, so that is the time for setting up for the winter protection.  I'm quite happy that the palm has managed to bounce back from last winter somewhat healthy ( with the help of lots of water and  palm fertilizer )  I'm not taking any more chances just using passive insulation and will now look to use more active heating elements for this wintertime....

 

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I did things a little differently this time for this winter season protection method . The items l be C9 Christmas lights  ( This time taking @Allen and @Will Simpson previous suggestions and advice on using active heating elements  ) , Wilt Pruf  Anti-Transpirant spray, thermal cube, and a little wooden support structure for the Christmas lights inside of the insulation cube (Not to mention garden extension cord connecting to a somewhat nearby patio electrical outlet ).

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( Looking back on this , I probably should have also put in a thermal temperature reader as well.... )

 

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The C9 lights should be activated by the  thermal cube  when outside temperatures fall to  35 degrees Fahrenheit  ( and turn off automatically at 45 Degrees F ).

 

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Hopefully this will give some added heat to the palm during the long winter months.

 

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I placed some new mulch on the base to prevent frost , and this time also added little removable tarp for extra protection for when it becomes very cold out.

There should be enough airflow to prevent build up of humidity in the insulation box, along with any possible fungal growth on the leaves

Let's see how this goes , hopefully for the best....See you again next spring, little palm!

 

 

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8 hours ago, Nomad NYC said:

I did things a little differently this time for this winter season protection method . The items l be C9 Christmas lights  ( This time taking @Allen and @Will Simpson previous suggestions and advice on using active heating elements  ) , Wilt Pruf  Anti-Transpirant spray, thermal cube, and a little wooden support structure for the Christmas lights inside of the insulation cube (Not to mention garden extension cord connecting to a somewhat nearby patio electrical outlet ).

fDYLx5.jpgpEtvVJ.jpgjeXBAu.jpg

( Looking back on this , I probably should have also put in a thermal temperature reader as well.... )

 

OpZHFL.jpg

The C9 lights should be activated by the  thermal cube  when outside temperatures fall to  35 degrees Fahrenheit  ( and turn off automatically at 45 Degrees F ).

 

q04wRI.jpg

Hopefully this will give some added heat to the palm during the long winter months.

 

vVHOt1.jpgN5vZxo.jpgPnAsZ1.jpg

I placed some new mulch on the base to prevent frost , and this time also added little removable tarp for extra protection for when it becomes very cold out.

There should be enough airflow to prevent build up of humidity in the insulation box, along with any possible fungal growth on the leaves

Let's see how this goes , hopefully for the best....See you again next spring, little palm!

 

 

Those bulbs can heat a big area.  Like you mentioned consider a temp monitor so you make sure everything is working.  it really helps when you're first sorting things out.   And if too many bulbs you can just take some bulbs out of the sockets.  I would guess 4-5 bulbs might do it.

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