Frequently Asked Questions
Danny’s Palms & More have a vast knowledge of growing palms in the New Zealand climate. For answers to some commonly asked questions, please see some helpful tips below:
Q. When I planted my palms recently they looked green and vibrant. Now they look unhappy and the outer leaves are browning. What’s gone wrong?
A. Palms bought which have been grown in glasshouse and shaded areas, will get die-back. Weather hardened palms, grown outside in wind, sun and rain (like Danny’s Palms & More) will transplant with very little or no die-back.
However, when planting palms, you need to:
1. Dig a big enough hole to add soft soil around the roots
2. After planting, fertilise and water well. Continue to water every second day in summer and dry conditions. Small palms need water every day.
Q. How fast does a palm grow?
A. This is a complex question since a number of factors need to be considered. Palm varieties grow at a different rate, how the palm was planted, weather conditions, soil, location etc all impact on how fast a palm grows.
Q. How often should I water my palms?
A. Watering well after planting helps activate fertiliser and settle the palm. Water every two days or every day in dry conditions.
Q. Can I transplant the palm from my garden to another place?
A. Yes, with most varieties. However, you will get die-back and stress in the palm even if you take extra care with the digging and replanting process. The following steps will help:
1. Before digging – water palm area well
2. Dig a new hole and water this hole
3. Plant palm and fertilise, water well everyday
Some palms can take up to 2 years to re-establish themselves. The taller/older the palm, the longer it will take.
Q. Can I take my indoor palm and plant it outside?
A. In general, most varieties can be moved outside. However, you would need to sun harden them. This will help with the transition between inside and outside conditions. Fertilise and water well when planting.
Q. I planted my palms a few years ago, now the leaves are yellowish and not looking healthy. Is this normal?
A. Most common problems for palms are brought on by lack of water and fertiliser. However, palms will have lower leaves which brown off. This is a natural event which occurs as palms grow and new leaves grow.
Q. Why have palms I planted at the same time, grown differently?
A. All palms are individual and will grow at a different rate. But extra fertiliser and watering could help smaller, slower growing palms. Also, it will depend on how they have been planted, soil, surrounding conditions etc