Sylvester Palm care
Sylvester Date Palms have made quite the impression in so many Florida landscapes in the last decade. They are cold-hardy and can tolerate more rainfall than the true date palms. I began learning the business of palm care, fertilization, and disease prevention several years before the idea of PalmBoss. We understand the palm growing process, and this makes us unique in our experience and attention to your palms. Let’s take this Sylvester Palm for example.
This Sylvester Palm was grown by Randy Frazier, on his farm in southern Hillsborough County, from seed that he collected and germinated. Randy cared for this palm for about six years, including regular fertilization with high-quality, slow-release mixtures that are specific for a palm’s nutrient needs. The palm has also received preventative antibiotic injections to prevent Texas Phoenix Palm Decline.
After ground flooding, palms in this farm were given preventative fungicide. This tree was pruned with tools that were disinfected to mitigate the spread of bacteria or fungi. These are all proven measures for growing palms to maximize their vigor and beautiful appearance. Randy has a successful business growing Sylvester Palms and many other varieties, and this would not be possible if he neglected these trees.
Here is the Sylvester palm in its new home in Pasco County. ERW Landscape planted the tree, and PalmBoss nurtures it.
ERW planted the palm in well-drained soil and then installed drip irrigation to supply adequate water.
I applied a preventative fungicide drench and a liquid root-stimulating fertilizer. At the three-month mark I will begin applying granular fertilizer in three-month intervals. I will use slow-release 8-2-12, and in the Winter I will use more magnesium when the palm’s canopy growth is slow. I will also continue antibiotic injections of the trunk.
PalmBoss basically takes over as the palm grower after a tree moves from a nursery to your landscape! This is the difference between us and lawn sprayer/fertilizer companies that have no interest in treating your palms like their own. Give me a call. — Pete