What type of soil to use when planting a queen palm? - Knowledgebase Question

Roseville, Ca
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Question by tuppscats
November 10, 2008
We are planting some gueen palms in the spring and live in a semi rocky area. I believe we are in zone 9. We want to make sure the queen palms will survive and flourish for many years to come. What would you suggest would be the best soil mixture to use when planting a queen palm? Do we have to dig it deep and wide and then backfill it with the mix? The coldest it ever got in our area is 25 degrees.

Answer from NGA
November 10, 2008
While palms require well draining soils, they do not do well in rocky soils so you'll want to amend a large area before planting your palms. I'd dig holes deep and wide, incorporate some organic matter into the soil, then backfill with this amended soil. You can do this now so the soil has a chance to settle during the winter months. In the spring you can dig holes slightly deeper and wider than the nursery containers and plant your Queen palms. The roots will venture out into the amended soil and they should thrive. Enjoy your new palms!

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