Planting a Queen palm - Knowledgebase Question

North Hollywood, Ca
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Question by tgearhart
March 11, 2010
Is it a good idea to add soil admendments when planting this beast (24 inch wood crate)? When should I fertilize?

Thanks - Tom

Answer from NGA
March 11, 2010
Amending the soil is not a good idea. If you do, the roots will remain in the amended soil instead of working their way into the native soil. You can 't blame the roots for wanting to stay where it is the easiest! And, if you amend the soil with compost or other organic matter, it will eventually decompose and your tree will sink. So, dig a hole just as deep and slighlty wider than the container and set your tree in the hole. The goal is to have it growing at the same soil level as it is growing in the container. Dont' feed your Queen palm until it has established well in your garden. You can feed 3 months after it has been planted. Use a palm food and apply in amounts as listed on the label for the size of your tree. Best wishes with your Queen palm!

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