Queen palm

Queen palm

Instructions

1 Purchase a Queen Palm from your landscaping supply or home supply garden center. Make sure the palm fronds are dark green and not shriveled or dry looking.

2 Plant your queen palm tree in full sun to some shade in well drained and slightly acidicsoil. If this new palm does not get enough sun, disease and stunted growth may occur.

 Water it every day for the first week and then every other day for the second week. Thereafter, water the tree three times a week during the summer and twice a week during the winter. Wait for three months before you fertilize your palm.
When planted in alkaline soil it will need regular applications of manganese and /or iron to maintain plant vigor. Queen palms are moderately salt tolerant. Choose a location that will accommodate its mature size.

3 Prevent Ganoderma butt rot, which is when a fungus, Ganoderma zonatu, rots out the queen palm's root system and kills the tree. Remove any roots and stumps of any dead palm trees nearby and don't damage your tree with lawnmowers and trimmers, which makes it more susceptible to the disease.

4 Control insect damage by cutting away any infected leaves as soon as you notice them. Then spray nearby fronds with a garden bug killer such as Sevin Ready to Kill Bug Spray. If too many fronds get damaged and cut away, it could kill queen palm tree.

5 Control scale buildup. If you notice a sticky substance on the queen palm's fronds, it is scale, which can kill your tree if it spreads. When you first notice it, mix equal amounts of mild dish soap, rubbing alcohol and horticultural oil. Spray the infected fronds and gently wipe away with cotton balls.

How to plant

1 Measure the root ball of your new palm. The hole you dig should be twice the length and width of the root ball. This extra digging may seem extraneous, but it will give the roots room to grow.  Fill in around roots with the enriched soil mix. When you have filled the hole halfway, water the tree to help settle the soil around the roots. Once it drains continue filling in the hole and water again. Cover the soil with a light mulch to help maintain moisture and cool temperatures around the roots. Stake the tree for the first two to three years until it is are firmly established.

2 Take a quarter of the hole's dirt along with the new garden soil and mix a little on the bottom of the new hole. You can Mix some organic material (peat moss, leaf mold, manure, or compost) and sand into the soil that has been removed. The ration should be 1/3 organic matter to 2/3 soil.

3 Place your Queen Palm into the hole. Mixing the hole's dirt along with the new garden soil, fill the hole with this dirt mixture.

4 Water this soil thoroughly and tamp down firmly. Add more soil if needed. Water again and tamp.

Fertilize

Fertilize your queen palm tree two times a year, in March and July. Use a fertilizer that contains iron, copper, magnesium and manganese. Because different fertilizers contain different amounts of nutrients, follow the dosing instructions on the package and apply it to the soil about 2 feet away from the trunk and circle around the tree. When finished, apply extra manganese (not magnesium), again using the dosing amounts stated on the label.


Prunning

Prune your queen palm tree from September to early November to sparingly remove yellow or brown fronds. You can saw off damaged fronds at any time. Excessive pruning can weaken and slow the tree's growth.
Tips and warnings

·  Get a monthly fertilizer schedule from your local landscape supply center. These palms require fertilizing every other month to keep them healthy and growing.

·  Scatter mulch around the base of the palm to conserve water between waterings.

·  Over-watering and over-fertilization can cause disease and yellow palm fronds.

Instructions

1 Purchase a Queen Palm from your landscaping supply or home supply garden center. Make sure the palm fronds are dark green and not shriveled or dry looking.

2 Plant your queen palm tree in full sun to some shade in well drained and slightly acidicsoil. If this new palm does not get enough sun, disease and stunted growth may occur.

 Water it every day for the first week and then every other day for the second week. Thereafter, water the tree three times a week during the summer and twice a week during the winter. Wait for three months before you fertilize your palm.
When planted in alkaline soil it will need regular applications of manganese and /or iron to maintain plant vigor. Queen palms are moderately salt tolerant. Choose a location that will accommodate its mature size.

3 Prevent Ganoderma butt rot, which is when a fungus, Ganoderma zonatu, rots out the queen palm's root system and kills the tree. Remove any roots and stumps of any dead palm trees nearby and don't damage your tree with lawnmowers and trimmers, which makes it more susceptible to the disease.

4 Control insect damage by cutting away any infected leaves as soon as you notice them. Then spray nearby fronds with a garden bug killer such as Sevin Ready to Kill Bug Spray. If too many fronds get damaged and cut away, it could kill queen palm tree.

5 Control scale buildup. If you notice a sticky substance on the queen palm's fronds, it is scale, which can kill your tree if it spreads. When you first notice it, mix equal amounts of mild dish soap, rubbing alcohol and horticultural oil. Spray the infected fronds and gently wipe away with cotton balls.

How to plant

1 Measure the root ball of your new palm. The hole you dig should be twice the length and width of the root ball. This extra digging may seem extraneous, but it will give the roots room to grow.  Fill in around roots with the enriched soil mix. When you have filled the hole halfway, water the tree to help settle the soil around the roots. Once it drains continue filling in the hole and water again. Cover the soil with a light mulch to help maintain moisture and cool temperatures around the roots. Stake the tree for the first two to three years until it is are firmly established.

2 Take a quarter of the hole's dirt along with the new garden soil and mix a little on the bottom of the new hole. You can Mix some organic material (peat moss, leaf mold, manure, or compost) and sand into the soil that has been removed. The ration should be 1/3 organic matter to 2/3 soil.

3 Place your Queen Palm into the hole. Mixing the hole's dirt along with the new garden soil, fill the hole with this dirt mixture.

4 Water this soil thoroughly and tamp down firmly. Add more soil if needed. Water again and tamp.

Fertilize

Fertilize your queen palm tree two times a year, in March and July. Use a fertilizer that contains iron, copper, magnesium and manganese. Because different fertilizers contain different amounts of nutrients, follow the dosing instructions on the package and apply it to the soil about 2 feet away from the trunk and circle around the tree. When finished, apply extra manganese (not magnesium), again using the dosing amounts stated on the label.
Prunning

Prune your queen palm tree from September to early November to sparingly remove yellow or brown fronds. You can saw off damaged fronds at any time. Excessive pruning can weaken and slow the tree's growth.
Tips and warnings

·  Get a monthly fertilizer schedule from your local landscape supply center. These palms require fertilizing every other month to keep them healthy and growing.

·  Scatter mulch around the base of the palm to conserve water between waterings.

·  Over-watering and over-fertilization can cause disease and yellow palm fronds.

Light: Sun

Zones: 10-11

Plant Type: Tree

Plant Height: 10-60 feet tall

Plant Width: 5-18 feet wide

Landscape Uses: Beds & Borders

Special Features: Attractive Foliage,Tolerates Wet Soil


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