Date Palm | Phoenix

These evergreen palms with their attractive divided foliage are native to the tropical and sub-tropical regions of Africa and Asia. The Canary Island date palm (P. canarensis), the elegant and more tender P. roebelinii and the date palm P. dactylifera can all be grown as container plants. Members of the, Arecaceae, all date palms are fairly undemanding plants but they need a lot of space and plenty of sun. The root balls must be kept moist at all times although never waterlogged. Watering with very cold or hard water can lead to leaf spot. Fertilizer should be applied every two weeks until the beginning of autumn. Date palm seeds that can be planted in spring are available from specialist nurseries. They should left to soak in warm water for a few days before sowing.

In winter, the plants should be moved to a bright place with a temperature of 5-10° C (41-50° F), although P. roebelinii needs a temperature of 10-15° C (50-59° F). When repotting more mature specimens, large root balls should be reduced with a knife. Watch out for scale insects.

01. October 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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