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A Guide to Caring for Florida Palm Trees

A Guide to Caring for Florida Palm Trees

In our area of Florida, palm trees are a popular and rewarding tree to grow and care for. Thanks to our mild tropical climate, palms thrive very well in Lithia, Valrico, Brandon, and the surrounding areas.

Whether you are a novice when it comes to palm tree care or a pro, we have everything you need to know about caring for palms in this short guide.

Allow Palms to Acclimate Before Planting

Palm seedlings growing in plant pots in Lithia, FL.

Before planting a new palm tree in your yard, you must first acclimate it to ensure it can handle direct sunlight. If your palm was previously grown in a shaded area, then you must slowly introduce it to full sunlight to prevent sunburn and shock. One of the best ways to do this is by starting your palm off in a shaded area such as a porch or screened-in patio, and then slowly moving it to sunnier areas. This allows your palm to adjust to the increased light level without burning, drying out, or going into shock.

Plant Palms in Well-Draining Soil & Water Properly

Palm trees like moist soil, but can also suffer from too much water. To ensure you provide your palm with the proper amount of water, be sure to plant it in loamy, well-draining soil. If your soil tends to retain too much water, add 30 to 50 percent sand into your soil to improve its drainage.

For the first six months after planting your palm, be sure to water it every day to keep it consistently moist. Palm trees are at their most vulnerable when young and need a lot of...

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