Is it too late? (Trachycarpus planting)

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Is it too late? (Trachycarpus planting)

Post by Kerinsian » Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:21 am

I'm finally going to be able to buy a small Trachycarpus on Thursday, I don't know the size of pot, but from earth to tip it's about 80cm with the beginnings of a small trunk, so it's not a big plant but it's good and healthy.

I'd love to plant it out straight away so my question is, is it too late in the year to put it in the ground? Or should I keep it in an unheated conservatory this winter and plant it out next year?

I don't often have the money to buy more than seeds or tiny plants to grow on so I don't want to lose it. Many thanks :)


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Re: Is it too late?

Post by kata » Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:32 am

I let mine settle in its pot it came in for about a month Keri, the pot was broke so I had no choice but to re-pot.

The reason it was'nt planted is because this place is not permanent.

I will say, go ahead and plant after preparing its new home, planting now gives time for the roots to stabalise before winter.

See what others think first Keri.

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Re: Is it too late?

Post by Adam D » Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:58 am

I would plant it out now.

If it goes really horrible in the winter then protect it.


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Re: Is it too late?

Post by Rick1965 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:25 am

Hi Keri. I will probably be in the minority here but I would keep it in the pot and drag it inside the conservatory when the bad weather comes then plant it next spring. I am probably being over cautious here but it would be a shame to lose it if we have a hard winter.


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Re: Is it too late?

Post by Mick » Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:26 am

I'd go with now, I planted a similar sized one two weeks ago that hadn't moved in a pot, since then a spear has opened and a new spear has put on about 4 inches so god knows what the roots have done.

You can almost hear the plant let out a sigh of relief :lol:

I figured frost is a good 3-4 months away still it'll have time to get it's feet settled.


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Re: Is it too late?

Post by greendragon » Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:37 am

I planted a chammie a few days ago. Go for it
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Re: Is it too late?

Post by jungle jas » Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:43 am

Normally I would say plant it out. icon_thumright But if you cant afford to replace it then I would re pot it, drag it inside when it freezes and plant it in the spring. After all its not that big so no problem. icon_thumright
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Re: Is it too late?

Post by jungle jas » Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:44 am

So good I posted twice.
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Re: Is it too late?

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:44 am

Plant it as the ground is warm and moist and at least three more growing months to go this year.


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Re: Is it too late?

Post by Nathan » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:35 am

Yes plant it out, it will have a good few months to get its roots down before the winter sets in...
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Re: Is it too late?

Post by redsquirrel » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:44 am

Yorkshire Kris wrote:Plant it as the ground is warm and moist and at least three more growing months to go this year.
id definately go with this Keri, 80cm is a decent size for a young fortunei to go out,i have planted one in september before without even a leaf drop..and im guessing your climate is similar if not better than here.
only thing i would add is water it well until it gets much cooler. dont throw any fertilizer at it as you want the growth you have to really toughen up.
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Re: Is it too late?

Post by Tom2006 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 11:47 am

Plant it out, you should have no problems. I was debating the same last year, around the same time and I am so glad I did, they all had plenty of time to grow roots. icon_thumleft
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Re: Is it too late?

Post by Dave Brown » Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:29 pm

Definitely plant out now, but protect in it's first winter if cold weather strikes. That applies whenever it was planted during the year, as the hardiness is less while settling in. :wink:
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Re: Is it too late?

Post by Kerinsian » Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:17 pm

Thanks all, I was hoping it would be ok to do it this week :D

Would a nice deep mulch and some fleece over the top for the coldest times be enough to see it through its first winter?


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Re: Is it too late? (Trachycarpus planting)

Post by redsquirrel » Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:00 pm

sounds good to me icon_thumright
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