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Old June 18th, 2010, 07:19 PM
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Arrow Michigan Palm Tree Questions in Detroit

Finally bought 4 windmill palm trees for my front yard, I looked a long time in different online nurseries to find something that would survive the harsh winters here in Detroit and bought from this place. Has anyone else bought any palm trees in Michigan that can give me some pointers.

I figure I have three solid months before it starts to get cold here and that they would have adapted to the climate by then. I placed my order on Monday night and they should be arriving tomorrow morning hey. So hopefully I can get someone before then. I have never had palm trees before, but after seeing them in the snow, I am sure they will do good here. The good thing about Michigan is the warm summers we have. So hopefully after getting the palms I can get one of the above ground pools so we can skate around during the winter time, pretty good idea hey.
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Old June 18th, 2010, 07:59 PM
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Default I dont live in Michigan, however I do have to protect my palms every year

Sometimes I use Christmas lights when it gets too cold or when it gets close to december. They keep my palms from the freezing temperature. Also I dont know if you have sprinklers or not but that could help as well. You could wrap the trunks in burlap as well, if you dont have burlap get a thick quilt maybe and duct tape, I guess creativity can go along way when using duct tape. Know about the above ground pool, thats a good idea, does that actually work or would it expand the pool sides and burst or vice versa. Do other people in Michigan do that. Frankenmuth is the place I vistied when I went to Michigan a long time ago.. It was very beautiful, there was a water park when I went there but it was closed. I love the gardens at Frankenmuth, the smell of the flowers during spring would bring greenists to their knees. Very beautiful.
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Old June 18th, 2010, 09:29 PM
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Default My advice to you is keep them in pots...

If you keep them outside but in nice planters, you always have the option of bringing them inside, once the roots take hold of the earth its hard to get them cut into place. So look for some attractive planters and get busy... make sure the planters have holes at the bottom for proper drainage, other than that Michigan should bear no death on the windmill palm. Those were nice pics IthinkIknow.. I have never been to Michigan or Frankenmuth but I wouldn't mind going. I assum the best time to go is during spring time. From the sounds of it, going to Michigan during winter might not be the best idea, I'll end up like this and then like this
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Old June 18th, 2010, 09:43 PM
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Default Buy Tropical Plants and Cold Hardy Palms

You can do both and have the enjoyment of having the tropics in and on the outside of your home. For the windmill palms I would definitely put them in pots, it is easier to bing them indoors if it gets too cold which we all know it will. Indoor tropical palm trees can be put outdoors in the summer and spring and then back inside for winter. It also depends on the size of the windmill palm and maturity of the windmill palm. There are more cold tolerant palm trees other than the Windmill palm such as the needle palm the waggie palm and the saw palmetto (Sabal Minor). Tips on taking care of the windmill is to make sure you have great draining soil. They do not like soggy soil, it may cause root rot. Fertilize the palm tree as much as you want but only with palm specific fertilizer. Water two - three times a week. Keep in bright lighted area. You should be ok. Try not to water the fronds as it creates leggy syndrome. The ends of the leaves will droop and look leggy. If you planting the windmill palms in the ground there are lots of winter protection ideas you can do to make sure the palm tree survives the winter year after year.

Burlap is essential for the trunks and the leaves. Then heavy mulch around the trunk. Myabe even create a box of cardboard arounf the palm when it gets really cold.

Any retail nurseries there selling palm trees or plants? I am sure there are but what type of palm trees are they selling if so?

Any wholesale plant growers in your area?

How cold does it really get in Michigan? Sometimes you see zones and they may say 0-5 degrees but that really isn't true.

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Old February 14th, 2011, 10:36 PM
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Cool Hey IthinkIknow

Very nice pictures you posted up, right now I am using one as a screen saver! It is still freezing here, I dont know how they can ship palm trees that far north without them freezing.
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