Winter Protection Windmill Palm - Knowledgebase Question

Bethany Beach, DE
Question by RJF401
October 31, 2004
Good morning!
Purchased a windmill palm from a retailer in Rehoboth DE (Farmers Daughters)Not very helpfull W/ information.
I need some expert advice on my WINDMILL PALM for the winter
I live in South Delaware.
I just planted it in the ground, its about 3'-6" tall, trunk is about 6 1/2" at ground
I have been told that it should be wrapped in burlap for the winter. ? How wrap tight or with stakes around it.
any advice would be appreciated

BOB


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Answer from NGA
October 31, 2004

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be removed after four or five days, at the most. Another effective "low-tech" way of protecting fairly small palms is to temporarily bury them under a mound of pine straw or some other type of mulch. Most of the mulch should be removed once the weather warms up. Leaving the mulch on top of the plant can promote rot.

Palms with a tall, solitary trunk tend to be the most vulnerable to winter cold damage. If you know that a severe cold snap is on its way, you can help prevent damage to your trunked palms by tightly wrapping the trunk with burlap, old blankets, or some similar insulating material (We don't recommend plastic).

Some palm enthusiasts go to extreme measures to give winter protection to species that are marginal for their area, building temporary shelters for these plants and adding outside sources of heat during cold spells.

Hope this information provides some guidance! be removed after four or five days, at the most. Another effective "low-tech" way of protecting fairly small palms is to temporarily bury them under a mound of pine straw or some other type of mulch. Most of the mulch should be removed once the weather warms up. Leaving the mulch on top of the plant can promote rot.

Palms with a tall, solitary trunk tend to be the most vulnerable to winter cold damage. If you know that a severe cold snap is on its way, you can help prevent damage to your trunked palms by tightly wrapping the trunk with burlap, old blankets, or some similar insulating material (We don't recommend plastic).

Some palm enthusiasts go to extreme measures to give winter protection to species that are marginal for their area, building temporary shelters for these plants and adding outside sources of heat during cold spells.

Hope this information provides some guidance!

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