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4”x4”x10” Band to a 1 Gal, 3 Gal or 5 Gal?

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What is the next best pot size to UP SIZE from a 4”x4”x10” Band?

Should I go from the Band into a 1 Gal, 3 Gal or 5 Gal Pot?


Thoughts, suggestions and reasonable advice appreciated.

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To me it is completely species dependent. Some palms are very easy to grow and fast and would appreciate a big jump to a 5 gal. Other very slow growers only to a tall 1 gallon.  You can often go by the current size of the palm currently in the band, but species research is your friend.

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Have the roots reached 10" depth? Are the still flexible? If yes AND yes then a one-gal is likely OK. It will be easier to manage over the winter.

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On 9/13/2023 at 9:32 AM, BS Man about Palms said:

To me it is completely species dependent

I agree with this 100% Also depending on your level of care. Patric can grow his hybrids to massive size in the smallest pots. Floribunda is also extremely skilled at this practice. Myself I kill them in a heartbeat haha It's easier for me in larger pots cause of my watering system. 

T J 

T J 

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