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Pg.1 Transplanting
Pg.2 What occurs during transplant?
Pg.3 Transplanting Instructions
Pg.4 Quick Tips on Transplanting


Welcome to the wonderful world of transplanting. If you have found yourself here reading this, you must either have a question about transplanting or may need some help upon the subject of transplanting. Either way, it is an important step to the growth and maturity of a palm tree or a necessity in many cases. All palm trees start out as seedlings and at one time or another, need to be transplanted into a larger pot or a yard, field, or whatever have your meduim may be. Transplanting can be made into a fun outdoor activity for the family or an individual way of bringing harmony and serenity to your landscape and/or interior design.

What is transplanting?

Transplanting is the technique of moving a plant to either a another pot or area. There are many different methods to transplanting a palm tree, so you have to be aware of the risks and hazards associated with transplanting. Transplanting is essential for mostly all palm trees which are container grown. Sooner or later the palm trees which are in the container need to be placed into a larger pot or area. This is because the roots of the palm tree have already absorbed most of the nutrients in the original pot and have amassed roots in the process. Transplanting is usually noticeably needed when the roots of the palm are exiting the drainage holes from the pot or container. If you find that your palm tree has found out an escape route through the holes, then it is time for a new pot or container. If the palm tree is too large for a pot or container, then transplanting into your yard or field is the next best thing.

Why transplant is needed?

Transplanting is needed for essential growth and longevity. Whether the palm tree has asked you, by the physical demonstration of its roots growing out of the holes or by the mere sight of the unequalled portion of palm tree to pot, it is time for a new home. Many people make mistakes and believe that there palm tree can last in the same pot for the rest of its life, this is a misconception. Most palm trees will die and whither away if not transplanted. The roots are what bring nutrients up into the palm tree itself and without the proper nutrients the palm tree will begin to yellow or brown, and then soon die. Talk about roots.

Where should one transplant?

If you have chosen to transplant the palm into a larger pot, ensure that the pot has holes at the bottom for good drainage. Almost all palm trees need good drainage for them to grow and thrive. If you have chosen to transplant your palm outdoors then take the following precautions prior to making a hole. First do some research on the particular palm tree which you are transplanting and make sure that the palm tree is not to sensitive to transplanting and if it is, then take your time. When you have decided to transplant, imagine the area in which the palm tree would be placed and how it will grow. An easy method of imagining is actually taking the palm tree out to the area and observing it from a distance. Be cognizant of the over-all growth of the palm tree, whether in a couple of years it is going to grow outward or upward, it is very important. Also, the amount of sunlight it will now be receiving in its new area is a key factor to the overall health and well-being of the palm tree. Irrigation also plays a dire roll in the overall outcome of the transplant. Some palm trees need plenty water and some dont need hardly any water at all. Some palm trees can die if watered on the trunk and some palm trees thrive when watered on the trunk. So, it is important to have in mind the amount of water your palm tree will need and make the adequate adjustments to provide that water needed.

When should one transplant?

The ideal time or season to transplant is during the spring; however palm trees can be planted year round under the right conditions. Many people purchase their palm trees during fall season in order to receive fall prices. Many discount nurseries and farms provide fall prices for the shortage of sales. These prices in turn provide the customer a great opportunity for not only a great price but also some time with having the palm tree placed indoors. Many people have also become more courteous to the environment by purchasing live palm trees such as the Christmas Palm tree for Christmas. By purchasing a palm tree instead of an actual Christmas tree, you save the environment from losing a tree. At the same time you help the environment by planting the palm tree in your yard or keeping it in the pot for the next year, its a more eco-friendly approach to the New Year. During the night time to plant!

In order for a palm tree to thrive it is fundamentally important it has three necessities; soil, water, and sunlight. All other procedures and additives provide great benefits for the palm trees success in its new home. Remember that transplanting is a fun activity whether its for your self or with your family. So go out and enjoy yourself!


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