Palm trees are very beautiful trees that most people like to have in their homes to enhance the appearances of their places. These trees are however very delicate and most people who try to growth fail due to some of the wrong habits that they practice on the trees. This article put together by a friend of mine who runs a tree service in Englewood covers some of the common palm tree care mistakes that most people make.
Watering them too much:
Most palm trees wilt and fall very fast without even drying up. The reason why most of them turn color is due to over watering a new palm plant. A palm tree needs to have very good drainage so that it may be able to prosper well. This is very easy. One has to add about 50% of sand and mix it with the soil that the palm tree is growing on. One should then water the palm tree at most once every day and it needs to be adequate water, not too much.
Not giving the palm tree enough water:
The leaf tips of a new palm tree will start browning and wilt if the palm tree does not get the correct amount of water that it needs. Inefficient water will cause the plant to weaken until it dies. For a palm tree to prosper, it needs to be put in moist and well-drained soil so that it be able to get the correct nutrients that it needs for it to grow healthily. The moisture in the soil needs to go deep down up to the roots of the palm tree for it to grow strongly.
Most trees need to have fertilizer for them to grow strongly and this is not different with the palm tree. However, adding fertilizer to the soil when planting a new palm tree will cause it to wilt off and die prematurely. The reason why this is so is the nature of the tree’s roots. A palm tree has very delicate roots. This means that when you add the fertilizer on the soil before planting, it is guaranteed that this will get into contact with the roots of the new tree. This will then most definitely damage the roots and damaged roots will guarantee wilting of the tree as it will not have any firm hold and support from below.
Burn from Fertilizers
A palm tree is delicate thus can easily get a burn from the fertilizers added to it. When you add fertilizer very closely to the tree trunk, it will definitely damage the trunk. Damaging the palm tree trunk will make it unable to fight off any diseases thus it becomes prone to tree infections and has a very small survival window. When adding fertilizer to the palm tree, it is advisable to keep at least 2 meters from the trunk so as to avoid any burn damages.
Failure to add fertilizer:
Just like any other tree, a palm tree needs to get enough nutrients for it to grow healthy and properly. Failure to add fertilizer to the soil will cause the tree to lack these additional nutrients that the fertilizer would provide it with. Therefore ensure that you fertilize your tree at least four times a year especially during the warm months. You should, however, avoid putting it close to the trunk or the roots of the palm tree.