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ANOTHER UPDATE -- Caring for this Palm through the Winter (UPDATE W/ A QUESTION??)

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Nov 18, 2012, 05:37 PM
Georgia Peach
ANOTHER UPDATE -- Caring for this Palm through the Winter (UPDATE W/ A QUESTION??)
We have had a few cool nights (30's and some frost) and the fronds on my palm are yellowing. Should I cut it back or leave it be? I am planning to lay some pinestraw around the roots and watch the weather forecast for future frost warnings.


ETA....adding the picture.

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Nov 18, 2012, 07:33 PM
mgt
How have you protected it in the past?
I don't know exactly what kind of palm it is, but you could wrap burlap around it. That should help.

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Nov 18, 2012, 07:45 PM
Georgia Peach
I received it for Mother's Day so this is my first winter protecting it. I have burlap so I'll use that. Thank you.
Nov 18, 2012, 07:54 PM
ga.karen
I would put pine straw about a foot thick around it. I'd go out at least 2' all the way around.
Not sure what your bug situation is up there but down here putting the burlap around the tree itself just might draw in lots of unwanted little critters...maybe even some mice who would chew on it too.
When we have a freeze and the palms turn down here, I think everyone waits until spring to trim them back. Other wise, you would have a new wound that could freeze the plant down further. I always wait to trim my sago palm when it gets nipped.


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Nov 18, 2012, 08:19 PM
Florida Farm Girl
Remember that this is a tree, not a shrub. Its just small now. Protect it as best you can and then in the spring trim up.


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Nov 18, 2012, 09:21 PM
muddyshoes
Burlap attracts mice? Eek


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Nov 19, 2012, 09:42 AM
Toots
do you know its name?... to me, it looks like Majesty palm and that's a tender tropical and will not survive outside anywhere colder than zone 9.... less than 45 degrees and it's hurt.... if you think that's its name, it needs to come inside or you'll lose it if you're in the wrong zone....

http://www.google.com/imgres?q...0,i:169&tx=61&ty=107

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&s...945&biw=1350&bih=581

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Nov 19, 2012, 01:08 PM
mgt
Ooooo, Toots is right. If it's a Majesty palm, it won't survive outdoors.


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Nov 19, 2012, 05:06 PM
amaryllis6
I agree
Nov 19, 2012, 08:12 PM
Georgia Peach
I believe it is a Majestic palm. Gosh, I should have never planted it in the yard! Where's the shovel? Roll Eyes
Nov 19, 2012, 08:47 PM
ga.karen
quote:
Originally posted by muddyshoes:
Burlap attracts mice? Eek


Muddy, we don't get as cold down here as you and we aren't cold as long as you are...yes, down here mice will get into burlap wrapped plants to over winter. I don't think you have that problem up there.


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Nov 21, 2012, 11:04 AM
joyluck
quote:
Originally posted by ga.karen:
...down here mice will get into burlap wrapped plants to over winter. I don't think you have that problem up there.


Even here in the north mice can be a problem. They actually make tunnels under the snow and run around looking for food such as plant stems and roots. I know they go to my roses as the dog often sniffs out that area. Haven't noticed damage from them tho but I'm no longer winterizing my roses partly because I don't want to encourage the mice but mostly because there's a 'tough love' policy now in effect in my garden!


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Jan 29, 2013, 11:11 AM
Georgia Peach
This palm doesn't look like this picture now. The fronds (?sp) are brown but there is green at the roots. I've got pinestraw about a 2' all around it and thick. After looking back through the original post FFG may have answered my question. Should I trim the brown back or leave it until spring?
Jan 29, 2013, 11:37 AM
Florida Farm Girl
Leave it until spring. It's hard sometimes to leave things alone but for the health of the plant you can't trim too early.


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Jan 29, 2013, 11:12 PM
mgt
I agree. It's not pretty, but I'd leave on the brown stuff for added protection & prune it off in the spring.


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Jan 30, 2013, 04:47 AM
Georgia Peach
Thank you. It is rather sad looking but I'm going to leave it. Hopefully it will live. I'm also not cutting back my lantana. I believe this may be the reason some of my plants have died in the past.
Sep 26, 2013, 08:07 AM
Georgia Peach
I took this picture this morning. My palm made it through it's first winter and did come back out. Not very big but hopefully it will survive a second winter and grow larger next year. Just want to thank everyone for the advice that I was given. I don't know if I'd still have it if it wasn't for all of you!


Sep 26, 2013, 02:06 PM
mgt
So glad you got the help you needed. Follow the same advice & it'll come back again. Good for you. Smile


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Sep 26, 2013, 08:40 PM
ga.karen
quote:
Originally posted by Georgia Peach:
I took this picture this morning. My palm made it through it's first winter and did come back out. Not very big but hopefully it will survive a second winter and grow larger next year. Just want to thank everyone for the advice that I was given. I don't know if I'd still have it if it wasn't for all of you!


I'm so glad it made it through the winter for you! I agree w/mgt....do the same thing again this winter. If you keep it alive for several years, it just might adjust itself and really take off and survive our climates just fine. Ya never know until you try!


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