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Re: Palms

General rule within limits is--the older palms get, the faster they grow. It's hard to imagine Sacto lacking a significant amount of any micro to inhibit palm growth. No palms grow "fast" except a few that won't grow there to begin with.

David knows the dealers better than I. Note of caution, however--your friends need to learn what their options are at a nursery or three close to home, and then do some research. David mentioned the Chilean Wine Palm, which is truly beautiful, but which will develop a 6-foot diameter trunk over time--not many backyards can accommodate more than about one-half of one of those.

I suggest your friends invest in a copy of "Betrock's Guide to Landscape Palms," by Alan W. Meerow. It's only $15 or so, has great photos, and could keep them from making a $5,000 mistake.

PS. It also has chapters on nutrition, pests, culture, and whatever.

On Apr 10, 2006, at 10:49 AM, Theresa wrote:

This one is for Jim- but any ideas are welcome...

I have a friend (truly- it's not me!) who has a couple of palms in their front yard that seem to have stunted growth. They get new fronds, but the things just don't get any taller (it's been 3 years). They live in downtown Sacramento, have wonderful soil. Is there sometype of micronutrients that Palms need? Any ideas? I have to look up the name of the palms for you, but it is one of the common types that are typically fast growing.

So, next question- do you happen to know any companies in Northern California that sell LARGE (full sized trees) Palms? My friends are just finished a redo on their back yard and want to buy a half dozen to put it (they are making their own personal oasis).


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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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