Northeast Gardening forum: Windmill Palms - Root ball

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tuvpaul
May 14, 2017 10:20 AM CST
Hi Members,

Yesterday I received two 3 Gal (2-2.5 ft) Windmill Palm Trees I bought online. Both of them arrived in great condition, but the soil in the pots was already loosened up from shipping and it was pretty easy to see most of the main roots exposed.

When planting them I dug a hole that was twice as wide as the pot itself, carefully removed them, placed them in the hole, covered the root ball, added water, and then covered the area with about 2" of mulch, leaving raised rings.

My concern is that I didn't fully loosen the root ball and spread the roots like most instructions suggest. Since I just planted them, is it "safe" to carefully dig them up, loosen/spread the roots and cover them back up or should I leave them alone.

Thanks!
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Name: Marilyn
CT (Zone 5b)
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RobinD
May 14, 2017 5:15 PM CST
Unless the roots were very potbound, I'd leave the plants alone....I think the roots will be OK if the soil is loose & sandy.....

tuvpaul
May 15, 2017 9:51 AM CST
Hi Robin,

Thank you! I am going to leave them alone. The soil surrounding the plant is pretty loose and sandy and the store I purchased them from only potted them for transport, so they haven't been potbound for very long.

Thanks!

Name: Marilyn
CT (Zone 5b)
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RobinD
May 16, 2017 8:53 AM CST
Great...let us know how they are doing!

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