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What does my Needle Palm need


Appalachian Palms

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This needle palm is 25 years old and is 9 feet tall and has a girth of 50 feet. It has several "pups" under her shirt with 3 and 4 foot trunks.  

I have never fertilized the palm and I need to do something beneficial.   Any recommendations appreciated,

Thank you

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Where geographically is it located? What is the issue you are trying to solve?

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Zone 6b maritime climate

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1 hour ago, Appalachian Palms said:

This needle palm is 25 years old and is 9 feet tall and has a girth of 50 feet. It has several "pups" under her shirt with 3 and 4 foot trunks.  

I have never fertilized the palm and I need to do something beneficial.   Any recommendations appreciated,

Thank you

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I really think you don’t need to do anything to it. It looks very happy and healthy to me :)

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Exactly looks fine. Since it's so freaking huge just toss it some palm fertilizer in light dosages.

That is a needle beast 👍🌴🌴

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3 hours ago, Appalachian Palms said:

This needle palm is 25 years old and is 9 feet tall and has a girth of 50 feet. It has several "pups" under her shirt with 3 and 4 foot trunks.  

I have never fertilized the palm and I need to do something beneficial.   Any recommendations appreciated,

Thank you

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Jesus that's needlesaurus.  Whatever you're doing keep doing it. You've made me rethink the placement of mine. Awesome palm

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Huge Nice palm probably the best needle palm around!  Keep doing what you're doing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I recognize this palm 😄

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Bodacious needle palm. Don't change a thing as long as it continues to look this good.

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On 3/14/2024 at 2:31 PM, Leelanau Palms said:

Where geographically is it located? What is the issue you are trying to solve?

Thanks Leelanau Palms.  The tips of some palm fronds look dead and not healthy.  It must have some deficiency.  The palm is growing in the mountains of eastern central Tennessee along the Cumberland Plateau.

 

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On 3/14/2024 at 3:38 PM, DTS said:

I really think you don’t need to do anything to it. It looks very happy and healthy to me :)

Thank you 

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On 3/14/2024 at 6:27 PM, Allen said:

Huge Nice palm probably the best needle palm around!  Keep doing what you're doing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I recognize this palm 😄

Thank you Allen.

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On 3/14/2024 at 5:21 PM, N8ALLRIGHT said:

Jesus that's needlesaurus.  Whatever you're doing keep doing it. You've made me rethink the placement of mine. Awesome palm

Thank you @N8ALLRIGHT,   I never expected it to grow so large.   I guess placement planning is key.

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20 hours ago, PalmatierMeg said:

Bodacious needle palm. Don't change a thing as long as it continues to look this good.

Thank you @ PalmatierMeg.   Appreciate being part of the community.

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On 3/14/2024 at 4:25 PM, Alex Zone 5 said:

Exactly looks fine. Since it's so freaking huge just toss it some palm fertilizer in light dosages.

That is a needle beast 👍🌴🌴

Thank you @Alex Zone 5, I never imagined it would grow so large.

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On 3/14/2024 at 3:38 PM, DTS said:

I really think you don’t need to do anything to it. It looks very happy and healthy to me :)

Thanks @DTS.

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You may do more harm than good. Don't fix what ain't broke.

 

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How about seeds from that monster?!?

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Zone 6b maritime climate

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I dare say you need to tell me what you are doing to care for your Needle. I have two but less than half the age of yours. I’d let success be my guide and do nothing. Very happy palm!

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On 3/16/2024 at 12:09 PM, Appalachian Palms said:

The tips of some palm fronds look dead and not healthy.  It must have some deficiency.  The palm is growing in the mountains of eastern central Tennessee along the Cumberland Plateau.

The yellowing leaves are mostly just getting older.  That's a natural progression.  If you wanted to do anything you could use pruners or even a hedge trimmer and cut up from the very bottom to remove only the leaves closest to the ground.  This gives the impression of a short trunk and makes the palm look taller.  I've done this on big needle palms and in a few years they are full and bushy again.

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First of all, that is a BEAUTY of a Needle Palm!  Nice job!  Secondly, the only suggestion I have is to fertilize it regularly with a good palm fertilizer that has micros.  That should help with the yellow leaf tips, although that is just normal for leaves that are several years old.

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Original Post Question: What does my needle palm need?

My Answer:... to be planted in my yard :)

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USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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It only needs a name......

50' girth..........

Pure palm porn!

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On 3/16/2024 at 12:09 PM, Appalachian Palms said:

Thanks Leelanau Palms.  The tips of some palm fronds look dead and not healthy.  It must have some deficiency.  The palm is growing in the mountains of eastern central Tennessee along the Cumberland Plateau.

 

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So, How much cold has this seen in its lifetime?

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