Winterizing Windmill Palms Trees

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  1. Ellen 2002

    Ellen 2002 Member

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    Hello! I have three small - under three feet, Windmill palm trees. I was wondering what precautions I should take to protect them from snow and ice. I live in Nanaimo. Thank you!

    Ellen
     
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    They should do just fine in your climate without any protection.
     
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    Hi Sulev - Thank you for the reply. Should I buy more bark mulch to beef up around the trunk? Thank!
     
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    it depends what part of Nanaimo you are in I would think - if you are in a sheltered warm spot by the ocean - OK

    but if you are up by the Inland Highway - that might be a diff story

    I happened to see some wraps specifically for palms at a local Vancouver area high-end nursery today

    there are some other threads on here about palms (search tool is above)
    Nanaimo seaside palms to be turned down :(

    here is a local nursery link
    Ken-Dor Garden Center - Nursery & Garden, Plants, Fertilizer & Gardening Supplies, Flowers, Planting - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
     
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    If you foresee temperature dropping below -15°C, then you could take some protective measures. Those palm trees should be hardy down to -20°C, and if well established, then temporarily even down to -25°C. I suppose you do not have long lasting frosts there.
    I know, that some enthusiasts grow these palm trees even in my country, that is by several hardiness zones colder and where temperatures below -20°C could last for several weeks. Here they protect those palms from harsh winter conditions by wrapping whole plant (above the ground) into winter covers, similar to the floating row cover, but thicker.
     
  6. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    To check for local suitability (as unprotected landscape features) look around to see if there are any long-established ones in your district, they are likely to be there if winter conditions are not excluding them. In my area car dealerships for instance often have numbers of them. I also see them at more than one local motel, as well as at a percentage of Mexican restaurants.
     
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    Hello Georgia Strait and thank you for your reply! I am attaching a picture of the three palms - when you click on the picture, it will expand. That is my banana "tree" in the foreground that I already have covered for the Winter with Hot Water Tank insulation :).

    They have been planted in that same spot for one year and two months now..............

    Thank you for your help!
     

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  8. Georgia Strait

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    Up here north of 49th - i’d be looking for the decent Mexican restaurant ! (Not thé palm tree )

    Kidding aside - I agree w your suggestion of scouting other palms in the n’hood

    one thing that happens hère like Portland and areas of Seattle, the Gulf Islands (san Juan’s) and Mt Vernon / BLI up in to our side of the border Fraser Valley and Howe Sound too is that overnight in winter that huge arctic outflow air comes down the fjords/valleys fr interior hi pressure and the temp drops in front of our eyes (on the digital therm display)

    Then that ice cold air fr Fraser Valley interior goes straight across the Salish Sea where on east Vanc Isl it meets wet clouds coming off the Pacific and white ice snow falls (where it might not be snow on the Sunshine Coast ) ... UBC main campus can be full of snow but nothing downtown (would not want to drive a b-line bus up 10th!)
     
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    Yes, I am in south Nanaimo, in the older part, not far from the water, but we do get that artic outflow....Probably would be a good idea to buy more mulch for around the base of the plant, and wrap the trunk with burlap, as it would make me sick to see these beautiful plants die!
     
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    Thank you Sulev!
     

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