How to Plant a Queen Palm

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The Queen Palm, or Coco Plumosa, is a tall, elegant and easy palm to grow in your back yard in USDA zones of 10 or higher. Their large dark green foliage and slender trunks are perfect for a back drop to a tropical back or front yard. These palms are quick growers and are relatively pest and bug-free. Most Queen Palms will grow up to 50 feet and are moderately drought resistant.To keep a healthy and vibrant Queen Palm, you must first plant your palm in the right place with the right method. Otherwise, you palm will never get the healthy start to it's new life in your landscaping.

Things You'll Need

  • Queen Palm
  • Shovel
  • Garden soil
  • Measuring tape
  • Purchase a Queen Palm from your landscaping supply or home supply garden center. Make sure the palm fronds are dark green and not shriveled or dry looking.

  • Select a sunny spot in your yard to plant your Queen Palm. If this new palm does not get enough sun, disease and stunted growth may occur.

  • Measure the root ball of your new palm. The hole you dig should be twice the length and width of the root ball. This extra digging may seem extraneous, but it will give the roots room to grow.

  • Take a quarter of the hole's dirt along with the new garden soil and mix a little on the bottom of the new hole.

  • Place your Queen Palm into the hole. Mixing the hole's dirt along with the new garden soil, fill the hole with this dirt mixture.

  • Water this soil thoroughly and tamp down firmly. Add more soil if needed. Water again and tamp.

  • Water the new Queen Palm every day for one week. The next week, water every other day. After that, water three times a week. Wait for three months before you fertilize your palm.

Tips & Warnings

  • Get a monthly fertilizer schedule from your local landscape supply center. These palms require fertilizing every other month to keep them healthy and growing.
  • Scatter mulch around the base of the palm to conserve water between waterings.
  • Over-watering and over-fertilization can cause disease and yellow palm fronds.

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