Proper fertilizer application for palms


Palms are beautiful trees that love our climate in Florida, but most species come from other regions of the world. Most are from Southeast Asia and Australia where latitudes and climates are somewhat like ours. But Florida’s soil lacks minerals to support green foliage in the long-term, and this should be considered for fertilization programs to maintain palms’ health and appearance.

Here’s a beautiful Sylvester Palm which has been trimmed and will be dug-out of the farm for transplant to a new home. The grower methodically fertilized this palm since field planting several years ago. After it has been replanted, we will provide all the proper nutrients to maintain its health and aid its growth.

Feeding routine should continue after it leaves the grower and finds a new home.  High quality and slow release 8-2-12 in well draining Florida soils

Months after planting a palm, spreading its fertilizer properly is essential for even saturation of the soil and absorption by tree roots and not ‘burning’ the trunk.

Below is a photo of improper application of a blended granular mix and white, granular magnesium sulfate. Both of these are needed, but their effects will be in a very small area of the roots below the clumps of grains.

Improper application of nutrients

Where mulch is present, we always stir it to work the fertilizer closer to the soil’s surface and minimize degradation caused by sunlight exposure.

Below is a photo of fertilizer that has been applied evenly on the surface above all of the palm’s root system, rather than a concentrated dose over just a couple of square feet.

Proper fertilization should be spread evenly underneath the drip line of the palm's canopy

Proper fertilization should be spread evenly underneath the drip line of a palm’s canopy. Call or e-mail me for proper, scheduled fertilization of your valuable palms. — Pete


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