QUEEN'S PLAM ROOT IS ON TOP OF CEMENT - Knowledgebase Question

METAIRIE, LA
Question by DAISYTOC
May 27, 2005
I BOUGHT A QUEENS PALM, DUG A HOLE AND HIT A BURIED ALSPHALT AND CEMENT DRIVEWAY. CAN I PLANT THIS PALM ON TOP OF THIS CEMENT IF I HAVE ABOUT 10 INCHES OF MUD AROUND IT OR WILL THE ROOT JUST DIE? THE ROOT WILL NEED TO GROW OUTWARD NOT DOWNWARD AS THE CEMENT WILL STOP IT. SHOULD I DRILL OUT A 14 INCH HOLE THROUGH THE CEMENT AND WILL THIS TAKE CARE OF MY PROBLEM?


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Answer from NGA
May 27, 2005

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Palms typically have a narrow, deep root system and if your new palm cannot grow down into the soil it won't be adequately anchored. As it grows taller, it may topple over. I'd suggest finding a more suitable site for your palm - drilling a hole would be quite labor-intensive because it would have to be several feet in diameter. Best wishes with your new palm@

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