Long-Term Care of Nursery Container-Grown Palms

Are you a proud owner of nursery container-grown palms? Well, you’re in luck! In this article, we’re going to spill all the secrets on how to take care of your palms in the long term. From potting soil blends to salt build-up solutions, we’ve got you covered. So, grab your gardening gloves and let’s dive in!

The Perfect Potting Soil Blend

When it comes to potting medium, I like to create my own blend for optimum results. I usually mix Kellogs potting soil, enriched with bat guano (yeah, you heard that right!), along with perlite and topsoil from my local nursery. Buying the topsoil by the cubic yard or half yard from a specialty shop not only saves money but also ensures high-quality soil. The topsoil I prefer has a sandy texture mixed with plenty of organic matter, creating a lighter and well-drained mix that works wonders for your palm seedlings.

Choosing the Right Containers

For seedlings, I highly recommend planting them in tall tree pots, typically 13 inches in height. If the species allows, you can also start with smaller “band” pots, which are 9 inches tall and square-shaped. As your palms grow and mature, around the one-year mark or after 18 months, it’s time to upsize. You can then transition to 5-gallon-sized pots or continue with the tall tree pots. While my method might not be conventional, it has proven successful for me.

Bye-Bye Salt Build-Up

Dealing with salt build-up in your palm’s container? Don’t worry; I’ve got a trick up my sleeve for that! Get yourself a plastic keg tub and let the pot soak in water for a couple of hours. This process helps leech out the salts and other unwanted substances from the soil, keeping your palms healthy and happy. You’ll only need to do this occasionally, usually after a couple of years of growth in the same pot. Trust me; it’s a game-changer!

Let Them Spread Their Roots

While container-grown palms can thrive, there’s nothing quite like letting them spread their roots in the ground. As others have mentioned, once you transplant your palm into the soil, it will grow and look even better. But here’s a little secret: you can still enjoy the best of both worlds. Simply let the roots grow out of the pot and into the ground. This way, your palms get the benefits of being in a container while also enjoying the nourishment and stability of the earth. It’s a win-win situation!

Sprinkle Some Fertilizer

Fertilizing your container-grown palms is essential, but it’s important not to overdo it. Just like in-ground palms, I recommend using granular fertilizer. However, since the roots are contained, a light sprinkle will suffice. Remember, moderation is key when it comes to feeding your palms.

Embrace the 707 Sun

Living in the 707 area code comes with its perks. Most of the palms you’ll be selling or keeping alive are naturally tough and can handle various conditions. Luckily, the sun in our region tends to be a bit cooler, especially during springtime. This cooler sun, along with the added benefit of black plastic, can work wonders for your container-grown palms. Embrace the unique advantages of your location and watch your palms thrive!

I hope these tips help you provide top-notch care for your nursery container-grown palms. For more expert advice and information on tree planting, visit Tips Tree Planting. Happy gardening!