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Old June 11th, 2010, 05:09 PM
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Default Exotic Palms for Georgia?

Do exotic palms exist for Georgia? I just started a Landscape company and I am looking for unique palms for my future clients. I posted a thread already asking what palm trees would do well in the outside of georgia weather but having exotic palms would be great too.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 02:48 PM
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Smile Well your in my neck of the woods...

Georgia has a great climate to grow all different types of trees even a lot of palm trees. So yes you can do a lot of landscaping with palms in Georgia. Your niche might be in pool homes or even people that have the above ground pool. When you place trees near a regular pool, its terrible every fall, the leaves end up clogging the pool system. So palms would be the ideal choice, no leaves and no bringing out the net to catch all the debris from the pool. Just FYI.

The windmill palm is a popular palm tree in Calhoun, but if you live in Atlanta, or another main city in Georgia, then you might be able to get away with more variety of palms. I think the Mediterranean palm tree is an exotic palm, at least it looks exotic to me. Those palms also do well in our climate.

So how did you get into the landscaping business, and where are you located at? You are catching the wron time of season to start a landscaping company... A long long long...long time ago, I had a prt-time job landscaping peoples yards but we always started before spring so most of the plants and trees would get used to the soil and surrounding area. Landscaping was a fun part-time job. I was getting paid to do something I already liked doing.

about your palm trees that you are looking for... if they are going indoors than you have nothing to worry about. Almost all palm trees can live indoors as long as they are given fertilizer and water, and sunlight. With those three thing a palm tree can live in any environment. Some exotic palms for indoors is the Cyrtostachys Renda, commonly known as the lipstick palm or the red sealing wax palm. You can create a small indoor pond and place these plants anywhere... they add beautiful red colors to the scenery..

there are also many other plants or palms that grow indoors you just have to make sure you can provide the right climate for them to grow. So good luck with your landscaping business here and hopefully you get some clients. Like I said before, its hard business, but someones got to do it...or pay someone to do it! If you need anything just let me know or im me so that we can get down to the bottom of it.

I decided to put some pictures of things I found online in Georgia and landscaping with pools and trees and plants and palms, so hopefully it might inspire you to continue working hard even though times might get rough, and landscaping will get rough. Just try to find or make friends with other landscapers in the area. And there are a lot of landscapers out there, try to start out with Atlanta, then go to Albany, then go to Athens, come around to Augusta, and don't forget Columbus... Macon and Marietta are smaller and I haven't seen too much landscaping go on there. Friends make work easy and sometime, other landscapers cant do a particular job due to distance or whatever reason, and then they pass it on to you, so don't burn any bridges.

In addition some of these landscapers have been around longer than you and maybe have a lot more of practical experience, so learn from them and be on your toes so you dont get lost. Well, I will stop my blabbering... good luck
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Old August 10th, 2010, 08:25 PM
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That was good. However to answer your question, probably the only palms that would do well in Georgia that are exotic would be the Old Man Palm, Purple King Palm and Needle Palm. These are exotic as they can get. You put these in your landscape and forget about it. Also the Windmill Palm Tree, Saw Palmetto, Cabbage Palm, Canary Date Palm will all do really well in that area.
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