The Q&A Archives: Best time to plant queen palms in San Jose

Question: I live in San Jose, CA. It's mid-December now and we are landscaping our yard. I want to plant several queen palms (24 in pots). Should I wait until spring or is it OK to plant them now? I'm concerned about the occasional frost we get in this area. Also, I don't see very many of them in the nurseries now though I did find one small nursery that has a lot of them.

Answer: Queen palms can be planted at any time in your gardening region. Once established, they are hardy to about 30F so an occasional light frost shouldn't bother them too much. If you can wait until spring to plant, you'll give them plenty of time to become established before winter weather arrives. If you plant them now, you'll want to temporarily protect them whenever frost threatens (cover them overnight). Best wishes with your new landscape!

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