Caring for Queen Palms
Queen palms (Syagrus romanzoffiana) are tall, beautiful trees, but not everyone can grow them. These palms thrive only in U.S Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9b through 11. Queen palm trees grow to 50 feet (15 m.) tall and their canopies can spread to 25 feet (7.6 m.). Like many tall palms, the trunk is straight and branchless, but crowned with a canopy of palm leaves. As if the majesty of these palms was not enough to win hearts, queen palm trees also produce large plumes of miniature blossoms in summer. These flowers mature into bright orange fruits by winter.
Once your queen palm is established, the tree develops rapidly. At this point, you’ll have to undertake essential queen palm care. Queen palms like ample moisture in the soil, so don’t let it fend for itself during dry periods. You should also apply fertilizer regularly. Part of their care also includes keeping all turf a distance from the trunk to prevent decay. Caring for queen palms is much easier if you have planted the tree in an appropriate location with acidic soil. The tree will develop severe mineral deficiencies in alkaline soil, stunting young leaves and potentially killing the tree. You can save a tree planted in alkaline soil, however, if you offer regular applications of manganese and/or iron to keep the tree alive.
are you interested in purchasing queen palms in Texas? Contact Border Link Farms today!
Jaime Guerrero: (956) 571-9966
Office: (956) 412-3300
Texas Freeze Results
By now your landscape might be showing signs of new growth from the recent freeze, or you may still be wondering if some of your plants or trees have a chance to pull through. According to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service regarding palm trees, “Many will be damaged or dead but do nothing but cut off the dead fronds for now. It will take months to see if they resprout.” For further information from their AgriLife Extension Service regarding other plant types, check out their article on KJAS.COM offering advice for freeze damaged plants and trees. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding your palm trees or if we can be of any assistance with your Texas palm tree needs.
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