|I have a Windmill Palm and need to know what to do during the winter to protect it. Do I need to wrap the tree in plastic (I have seen many palms in my area doen this way)? I planted the palm last spring/summer and did nothing to it for the winter. I noticed that the leaves seemed to turn brown and was wondering if the winter cold did that. Please advise.|
|Windmill palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) is a native of China. It grows slowly, reaching eight feet in 15 years in Virginia. It makes an excellent specimen plant for a patio or small courtyard. The windmill is the most common in your area because it is among the most hardy of all palms and can sustain temperatures to about 5 degrees Fahrenheit. If the tree is small, you can protect it in bubble wrap, leaving part of the crown exposed so the plant can breathe. When it snows, use a broom, and gently lift up each palm?s fronds to remove the heavy white stuff before it breaks the tree. |
Browning fronds are probably due to winter damage and it may happen every year unless you protect the fronds from cold temperatures.
Best wishes with your windmill palm!