Palm trees have an innate quality of adding scenic beauty to any space. These tall trees forming crown like structures with their leaves have always been a pleasing sight. When planted in small gardens, they add an attractive spot to the tiny space. They are a popular option to add symmetrical borders on large landscapes and big villas.
Just like any other plants, these beautiful trees need proper maintenance and care. When neglected, they show symptoms like root rot, yellowing of leaves, nut shelling and more.
Find here, some tips for seasonal care and maintenance of palm trees:
Well, if you want your palm trees to live longer then you need to spend quality time on growing and maintaining them. Some tried and tested solutions are as under.
Choose the right soil and pot!
To start with, you need to be careful while planting palms. If you are planting in a pot then make sure that the pot is good enough to retain adequate moisture while still draining out excess water. Sufficient moisture conditions guarantee proper budding and growth of the palms. Apart from the right size and kind of pot, it’s the soil mix that plays a big role. The soil mix needs to be fertile as well as create an environment of proper dampness for the palms to germinate and grow to their fullest.
Watering palms is a skill!
Watering depends on the kind of the palm tree. Few require lot of water while others can manage with smaller supplies of water. So, you must know the kind of palm and water it accordingly. Know that these trees suffer from root rot when water logged and may dry down with water scarcity.
This holds true for all seasons as palm trees demand water at least three to four times a week in summers while once a week is enough for cold weather conditions. Do not keep them dry in winters. The best way is to create a saucer trap around the roots for water to sip in and drain surplus water.
Feed the roots!
You need to pay close attention to the roots of palms. If you put extra fertilizer then roots will become sheer lazy and suffer from poor development. The best way to enable natural development of palm roots is to surround it with organic matter like wood chips, dry leaves and lawn garbage which eventually act as fertilizer for the roots. If the root grows well, the tree, its leaves and fruits will live a healthy life.
Treat and troubleshoot the pests!
Sprays with copper containing fungicides, zinc sulfate, Magnesium and other essentials are used to protect palms from fungal or bacterial attack. If you observe ladder leaves, early nut shelling or fall down of crowns then it’s a sign that the palm tree needs treatment. Make sure you treat them at the right time to add more years to these lovely trees.
For more ideas on caring for palm trees, keep watching this space. We will keep you posted with more information in coming days.