Chinese windmill palm

A palm tree, resistant to frost down to −15 to −20 °C (5 to −4 °F).
Common name : Chinese windmill palm
Scientific name : Arecaceae
Family : Arecaceae
Category : Trees
Type of plant : Perennial
Evergreen
Evergreen
Cold-sensitive
Cold-sensitive
Trachycarpus fortunei - the Chinese windmill palm or Chusan palm - is a dioecious evergreen fan palm native to central China, forming a small tree with a stout, fibre-covered trunk bearing a terminal tuft of deeply divided, fan-shaped dark green leaves to 1m in width, and large arching sprays of small, light yellow flowers. It is cultivated as a trunking palm in gardens and parks throughout the world in warm temperate and subtropical climates, and it is grown successfully in cool climates such as the UK, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, and southern Germany : normally, Trachycarpus does not grow well in very hot climates.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 9a
Height 100 - 1000
pH 6 - 7

Identify my chinese windmill palm

This description concerns a certain number of trees commonly called "palms". The Phoenix are monocotyledonous trees of the family Arecaceae, with a single trunk or forming a tuft, with pinnate, linear, oval or oblong leaves flowering in panicles at the axils of the leaves. Trachycarpus fortunei have a single or clumped trunk, evergreen leaves cut into pointed segments, fan shaped. In May they carry small panicles of dangling yellow flowers at the base of the leaves.

Plant my chinese windmill palm

In the open ground, plant in spring in a spot sheltered from the wind, warm, drained, fresh, rich, in semi shade. Dig a hole three times the size of the root ball, and plant without burying the base of the stem. Tamp the soil well while you put it back in the hole. Do not mix the soil layers. Form a large hollow, and water with at least two watering cans. In pots, plant in loam mixed with potting soil, and put gravel at the bottom of the tank for good drainage. Choose a pot as large as possible.

Sow my chinese windmill palm

Sow in the spring at 19 to 24 ° C - and if possible soak the seeds for 24 hours before.

Repot my chinese windmill palm

Every two or three years, repot your palm tree, cut 1/3 of the roots, and replace 1/3 of the earth. If it is too big to be handled you can replace the top layer of soil with new potting soil, or some compost on about ten centimeters.

Water my chinese windmill palm

Water the palms the first year after planting, and also if yours is potted, as soon as the soil has dried since the previous watering, without ever soaking them. Always water with water at room temperature: the palm tree does not appreciate cold water!

Prune my chinese windmill palm

Cut off the dry leaves.

Shelter my chinese windmill palm

Keep your potted palm trees sheltered from frost by bringing them inside, near a window but protecting them from the sun.

Put outside my chinese windmill palm

In April-May, take out your pots sheltered for the winter and place them in a place sheltered from the winds.

Check on my chinese windmill palm

The butterfly larva Paysandisia archon is currently active in the south of France, and digs galleries in the plant. Cut and burn, or a treatment with nematode Steinernema carpocapsae, as a preventive, is possible between March and November.

Spray my chinese windmill palm

To compensate for the low air moisture inside, you can spray the palms with non-calcareous water and place a cup filled with clay balls and water under the plant. Remember to regularly remove the dust that is deposited on the palms with a wet sponge: the leaves will perform better photosynthesis!

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