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May 6, 2020 2:06 PM CST
Minnesota
Hello,

I'll be planting some king palms together. My question is, how far apart is a good idea to plant these when you want them to be grouped together? I love how grouped palms curve. I've seen some people sell seedlings of grouped palms that have absolutely no space between them. It's hard to imagine that no space between em would be healthy. But I'm not sure, so that's why I ask. I know eventually when they grow bigger they'll curve out with the bases touching together with no space if any space at all, but as seedlings just not sure.

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May 6, 2020 2:21 PM CST
Central Florida (Zone 9a)
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If you want to see some palms in grouped plantings check out. I would give them at least 8 ft between each other. A good plan would be to set some 5 gallon buckets in a grouping and imagine the tops that will spread out and that should give you a pretty good idea of the expanse you will need.

Another good place to look online is bing. Just type in images of king palms and you will see many images of them. They are beautiful. Good luck! I tip my hat to you.
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May 6, 2020 2:33 PM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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I don't think I would want the bases to touch, that would really compromise how the crowns look. Not giving the roots room to roam would also compromise the health of the palms. I like the 8' between them idea.

I thought this was an interesting blog on palms/palmettos.
https://fnpsblog.blogspot.com/...
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May 6, 2020 2:52 PM CST
Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
If they're in containers, plant them rootball to rootball and they'll bend out from there. You could plant them at angles away from each other if you feel they need the space. If you plant them 8 feet apart they will always be 8 feet apart and look like a hedge instead of a group.
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May 6, 2020 3:27 PM CST
Name: Alice
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I was thinking more of a triangle than a hedge but I agree, perhaps 8' is a bit much. I just don't like the crowded look, it always mashes the fronds together and you miss out on the graceful shape of the crowns.
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May 6, 2020 4:23 PM CST
Name: Mike
Hollywood Fl
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when i started planting i bought 6 talipots..they were put in the ground 40 ft apart...i asked why so far apart...was told 'they will touch ' Blinking Blinking Confused
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