how to plant?

Aliciadawn76(9)August 7, 2014

Hi! Someone gave me this palm that has roots busting out the bottom of the pot. I don't normally have questions on how to plant something but this one has me a little confused. Would I plant at this same level? Or would I plant deeper where those roots are showing?? Or would I plant all the way to where it looks like the natural base of the tree is?? I'm in Central Florida and have no idea what kind of palm this is, but was told a Chinese palm??

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tropicbreezent

I guess they meant Livistona chinensis, Chinese Fan Palm. They're pretty tough. I'd plant it to the depth where I marked up on the photo. But it wouldn't matter that much if you went either side of that.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 8:18AM
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Aliciadawn76(9)

Awesome! Thank you so much!!

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 12:59PM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

I agree, about there should be fine! You might want to mulch it about a half an inch or so above the soil line at that level just to make sure that none of the roots get damaged. Palms are very sensitive to root damage so it might take a year or 2 to establish and start growing really well again so don't get too worried if it looks bad a little while after you transplant it!

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 10:02PM
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theseventhlegend

You sure it isn't a Washingtonia Robusta?

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 8:58AM
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Aliciadawn76(9)

Washingtonia Robusta meaning Mexican fan palm?? Someone told me in the Florida forum it was a Mexican fan palm. I actually know nothing about palms and have found this one looks about like every one I Google!

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 10:32AM
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tropicbreezent

That's a Livistona.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 4:47PM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

That looks like a Mexican fan palm to me. My Livistona has a trunk a similar size to that and the fronds are a lot larger and droopier. My Washingtonia is a little smaller than yours but looks very similar.
That's my guess!
-Alex

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 4:02AM
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tropicbreezent

Washingtonias have all those "hairs" on the fronds, Livistonas don't.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 10:57AM
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theseventhlegend

The 1st pic looks Washingtonia. The 2nd kind of looks Livistona. Do you see fibers/hairs on the leaves?

This post was edited by theseventhlegend on Mon, Aug 11, 14 at 20:51

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 4:40PM
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Aliciadawn76(9)

They're all pics of one tree, just different angles :)

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 7:02PM
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