Queen Palm - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by dscognamillo
September 19, 2009
planted a queen palm and used premium potting soil along with native dirt instead of gardening dirt 50/50. We live in New Orleans, is this going to be a problem? It is in direct sun. Will it grow right? Can a 7gallon queen palm, 7 ft. tall, be planted in a 20

Answer from NGA
September 19, 2009


Mixing potting soil with native soil is just fine for your Queen palm. It should grow just fine. As for the 7-gallon Queen palm, a 20" container will be too small. The best way to determine container size for a plant is to choose one that is at least one third as tall as the plant. In the case of your palm, a container that's 3' tall will provide enough root for the palm to grow for a few years before it needs to be repotted. Anything smaller and you'll have to repot it as it grows, probably by next year. So choose a larger container and it can stay in the container for 2-3 years before it outgrows it. Good luck with your Queen palms.

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