The Q&A Archives: Fertilizing

Question: I have a windmill palm that seems to be holding it's own. No new growth. Is there any type of fertilizer that may benefit. I did transplant about 6 months ago. Would this affect growth.

Answer: Palms generally do not mind being rootbound so would not need transplanting more than once every few years. Palms grow their roots during the summer so it is adjusting to that, if some roots were damaged in the process it will be recovering from that as well; it will also grow more slowly in reduced light conditions. This is not a fast grower, maybe six inches a year would be average as a container plant. This type of palm does well with ample water and nutrients during the summer; a slow release fertilizer such as 10-10-10 (be sure it includes minors, particularly magnesium, as well) applied in spring per the label directions should be adequate. Unless you want it to grow very large and have ample indoor space for it, you may not want to encourage excessive growth. Enjoy your palm!

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