Dead Queen Palms - Knowledgebase Question

ponchatoula, Lo
Question by toniat8
February 9, 2010
I live in zone 8b and planted some 7 gallon queen palm trees in Spring 2009. This Winter we had some pretty hard freezes and an unusually cold winter. I think it killed all 3 of my palms. The branches are breaking and they are a greyish brown. Should I trim them in Spring? Are they just dead and need to be replaced? Will they come back if I leave them be? How can I care for them better in cold?


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Answer from NGA
February 9, 2010

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Queen palms are only marginally frost hardy so depending upon how low the temperature dipped and how long it stayed below freezing, your palms may have died or they may have suffered only minor damage. You can prune away the dead fronds but you won't know until later in the spring whether or not the palms survived the cold temperatures. If you see new fronds emerging this spring, the plants made it. If no new fronds develop, you'll need to replace your queen palms. There's not much you can do to protect palms from cold temperatures. You can try wrapping them with burlap but there's no guarantee. Wish I had better news for you!

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