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


What occurs during transplant?

When a palm tree is transplanted it undergoes what is known as transplant shock. Transplant shock is the hardening of the roots due to many different reasons. One of the main reasons for this hardening of the roots is due to root exposure to sunlight, air, or just acclimating to its new environment. Unless you have a dark container thats not filled with air and the perfect soil, transplant shock will occur. You can lessen the shock by the following methods.

How to lessen the shock of transplanting?

  1. Prepare the palm tree before transplanting. 
  2. An easy method to prepare the palm is by placing it in the area in which it will be placed. Another method is to constantly saturate the palm with water and fertilizer at least a week before transplanting.
  1. Plant the palm tree during evening hours. 
  2. The best time to plant or transplant a palm tree is during the evening hours and this is due to the suns ability to dry out the palm tree. By transplanting the palm tree during the evening hours the palm tree will have an afternoon, a night, and a morning before being hazed by the sun.
  1. Lessen the amount of collateral damage the palm tree receives by being removed from its original pot. 
  2. Dirt is dirt, it falls off whether we want it to or not, yet we can prevent the root ball from losing large amounts of dirt by removing the pot carefully or by not jittering the palm being placed into the hole.
  1. Transplant the palm tree properly. 
  2. Use the simple steps for transplanting the palm tree found in the section.
  1. Fertilize the palm tree.

Be aware that every palm tree will undergo some type of shock and each palm tree will handle the transplant shock differently. Some palm trees, in order for them to conserve their nutrients which they have stored, will lose their old leaves. Some palm trees turn yellow or even brown because of lack of nutrients which are deprived from the roots which were cut. Some palm trees developing spotting appearing as a fungicide, however the palm tree is just coping with its new environment. These are common results when a palm tree has not been transplanted properly or the palm tree is acclimating to its surroundings.


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