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4butterflies
Jan 17, 2017 7:47 PM CST
I planted a Queen palm about a month ago and after the recent cold snap in Florida the frond blades are closed and shriveled. Is this a result of the cold weather? Can I treat the palm in some way? Do you think it will live. It is still green but pretty droopy.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jan 17, 2017 8:28 PM CST
Hi dontknow and Welcome! to the forum

When we don't have an immediate answer (we are a pretty vocal group), it doesn't mean we didn't get the message. It means we don't understand the question.

I think you mentioned how cold in your first post. I can't remember what that temperature was but my first thought was: my Queen Palms have survived much worse that that.

So the next questions are:

Are you watering it enough? Newly planted palms need a lot of water to establish new roots.

Did you give it enough time to acclimate to its new environment? It will take awhile.

How big is it? The bigger the plant, the longer the acclimation period.

Did you transplant from a pot or did you dig it up someplace and move it?

You are in Florida. Does that mean you are planting in sand? Did you add anything to the the native soil?

Adding some photos is always beneficial. What you are seeing and describing may not be what we are visualizing.
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 17, 2017 8:50 PM CST
Daisy is right, Queen Palms are fairly cold hardy, but a newly planted one is certainly going to be more vulnerable. Is the newest leaf - the "spear" leaf still green and standing up? If it is, your tree will recover but you do need to make sure you're watering deeply. A thick layer of wood chips, grass or leaves as a mulch will protect the roots from cold air and help keep them moist, too. Water it extra next time the nights are forecast 40ish.

Depends where you are in FL, do you know how cold it got? Up in the Panhandle it got below freezing, but here we didn't get down even to 40. The little cold snap was only two nights, and the ground is still warm so it shouldn't have shocked it much.

Watering with a watering can rather than the hose gives you a much better idea how much you're giving the tree. Standing and spraying with a hose for 5 minutes may only give the tree a couple of gallons. Watering all the way around the trunk with a 2gal. can 3 times will give it 6 gallons, it will soak in deep and only take a little bit longer than just using the hose.

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jan 18, 2017 9:57 AM CST
It will probably be ok ! Depending on low temp and duration of freeze.
Being you just planted it, its more subject to freeze. So if freeze is predicted again ! Cover it with some freeze cloth to prevent any more damage.
To bad about your timing ๐Ÿ˜ž
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Shemp
Nov 26, 2017 11:43 AM CST
Hello, I am new to this forum. I have 25 mature queen palm trees in my yard. Several of them are in areas with retaining walls up to 3 feet high. These retaining walls are on only one side of the tree. When I planted the Palms they were very small now they are massive.

My problem is after all the years the retaining walls are being pushed out by the root balls and pressing on my fence. I would like to remove the retaining walls and replace but they have to go in the same spot.

My question is how far in can I cut roots without harming the tree so I can put up a new retaining wall. Additionally some of the retaining walls are about to 2 ft away from the tree.

Thanks for the advice I appreciate the help
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Nov 26, 2017 1:04 PM CST
Hi there Shimp I tip my hat to you.
Position post holes between trees. Use a post holes digger. You won't damage enough roots to cause any harm.
Have you ever seen the way they transplant palm trees ? I've seen many, 3 to 4 foot diameter , taller than a electric pole , plucked out of ground by a machine. Root ball comes out shaped like a piramid , between 6 to 8 foot square and deep. No dirt ! Just a solid mass of out going roots. AND ? Them dudes, GROW ! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Is that tuff enough for ya ? ๐Ÿ˜€. That trunk on them is more of a sponge , than wood. Full of water .
If you afraid they fall over , say you have BIG winds, put a 2 x 4 brace on one side for a year.
I don't think it be necessary though.
Send picture . So we see. How big and far apart.

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Nov 26, 2017 4:00 PM CST
Welcome!

The palms will continue to grow and the roots will continue to push. Because of the retaining wall, the roots on one side of the palms are already compromised. Your new retaining wall will not support the trees - Your old wall isn't supporting them now. The only thing holding them up are the roots on the other three sides.
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