Planting out big specimen palms.

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Planting out big specimen palms.

Post by karl66 » Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:48 pm

As the weather is so mild, & forcast to stay this way for a few wks, i've planted out a waggy of mine with a metre of trunk & given it plenty of insulation & drainage. I'm almost certain they are not that root sensitive & as i have so many in pots & in the house i had to make a decision. The one i've been chewing over more but is putting a 10ft cordy australis in the ground, but i've made the decision and done both. I've also lined both holes with plenty of blood fish & bone plus palmbooster & mulch. It will give me a few sleepless nights over winter but so be it. karl.

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Post by Nigel » Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:03 pm

No problem to plant out trachies Karl. No worries.

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Post by karl66 » Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:17 pm

Nigel wrote:No problem to plant out trachies Karl. No worries.
Nige, I know when trachys get winter damage there new growth comes through as a yellow spear, & can take ages to put itself right. Do you know much regards winter damage on cordys?, i know a lot got knocked out clean but where is best to protect i.e trunk or crown or both. karl.

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Post by Nigel » Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:13 pm

I never protected cordies , others can probably help better thanme with that.
Yellow leaves emerging in spring is usually self righting quite quickly as the soil warms up.

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Post by Tom2006 » Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:47 pm

They will be fine unless we have a wintry spell like last winter
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Post by Nigel Fear » Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:55 pm

Karl, if nothing else, the roots will at least be better off in the ground, also, what else would you do with a ten foot Cordyline, drag it in the lounge??? :lol:

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Post by Adrian » Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:02 pm

You biggest problem with the Cordyline will be the wind, make sure its well braced as the last thing you want is wind rock.
I have found small Cordys anchor much better as small plants but as long as yours has a really big and full rootball you should be alright.

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Post by karl66 » Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:41 pm

Adrian wrote:You biggest problem with the Cordyline will be the wind, make sure its well braced as the last thing you want is wind rock.
I have found small Cordys anchor much better as small plants but as long as yours has a really big and full rootball you should be alright.
Adrian, the rootball on the 10ft cordys was phenomenal, it was in a 70litre tub & had split the tub right down the one side!. I had to carefully cut the tub away as it was a solid mass of roots that weighed a ton. karl.

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Post by Adam D » Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:46 pm

Tom2006 wrote:They will be fine unless we have a wintry spell like last winter
Agreed.

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Post by Adrian » Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:33 pm

karl66 wrote:
Adrian wrote:You biggest problem with the Cordyline will be the wind, make sure its well braced as the last thing you want is wind rock.
I have found small Cordys anchor much better as small plants but as long as yours has a really big and full rootball you should be alright.
Adrian, the rootball on the 10ft cordys was phenomenal, it was in a 70litre tub & had split the tub right down the one side!. I had to carefully cut the tub away as it was a solid mass of roots that weighed a ton. karl.
You should be fine then.
I know you have already planted it so this isnt really relevent but these can benefit from being planted a bit deeper.

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