Transplanting a palm tree: a reader’s experience!

juni 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

We regularly receive questions about transplanting a palm tree. The article itself gives you all the necessary information and tips, but apparently there still is some need for that little extra confirmation before pulling it of.

article: “How to transplant a palm tree

It is of course always nice to be informed afterwards about the course of the entire operation. In this article you’ll find one of these comments to give an impression of the difficulty to transplant a palm.

Mission Palm

Goodevening, herewith the promised pictures of “mission palm” which proved to be a real power tour! The palm weighed (to our surprise) a lot more than a ton, and we needed no less than 4 hours to dig it out, load the palm and to plant it again!

Departure took place at 4am Saturday morning and the palm was finally in place at 3am Sunday morning !!! We were all broken but it leaves us a very nice memory after all…. Now I give a few hours of water every day, but how long this will be needed do you think? I also had to tighten the stem with tension straps because on its own it didn’t really held up well. How long should these straps remain in place do you think? In any case, thank you for all the advice that helped me very well and I did followed it up to the letter (tape, shrink film …). Thanks again and kind regards. Gérard (France)

Our answer:

Dear
Wonderful!! It is a beauty indeed! Congratulations.
So I wasn’t wrong about its weight. This aspect is still underestimated too often. What an operation it has been, great job of all of you. It’s best to let the tension straps in place till next season as long as new roots are formed. It may not be so beautiful but it would be a shame that the palm rolls over and thus loses the new roots. I see that you kept all the leaves. The palm now evaporates more than it can absorbe with the damaged roots. Keep the roots well soaked, especially on sunny and windy days! A few minutes of watering a day will do. If necessary, insert a finger into the ground to feel the moisture. The exact amount depends, of course, on the local conditions. Apart from this, it is very possible that some leaves will be discarded. In any case, thank you for following the site and sharing your experience.
Kind Regards
La Palmeraie

© La Palmeraie & Gérard B – Photos: Gérard B.

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