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Growth rate of California Fan Palms

Posted by toffee-el Z9 Sunset Z13 SoCal (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 24, 12 at 18:10

There are some 6ft tall California Fan Palm in 15g at Home Depot in La Quinta for $20. My association only allow plants up to 8ft (or 10ft if one pushes it) in courtyards. If I keep the $20 palm in pot, how soon will it grow to 10ft?

Ideally, I should buy something shorter like European fan palm which max out around 10ft. But they are very expensive if i want instant size.

Thanks for helping

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RE: Growth rate of California Fan Palms

In my experience, Washintonias need lots of room for their roots to get to any decent size, otherwise they seem not to grow much at all. I would think you could limit it's growth by limiting pot size. But with a 15 gallon pot, it probably won't get much taller than 6 feet.

RE: Growth rate of California Fan Palms

Interesting. Do they have strong roots that can crack the pot? I really don't mind to 'stun' the poor palm (please forgive me, palm lovers) if this is what it takes to slow down it's growth.

RE: Growth rate of California Fan Palms

Excuse me Im just still drooling at the thought of a 6 foot Calif fan for 20 bucks.

RE: Growth rate of California Fan Palms

Same here, I am buying a couple unless this guys grow 2 ft or so every year. Do they grow that fast in pots but under ideal climate?

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