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


Transplanting Instructions

Step 1.  Lay the palm tree on its side and remove the container. Loosen the roots around the edges without breaking up the root ball. Lightly water and powder the roots with Mycohorrizal Fungi. Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball to give the root ample area to grow. The trunk of the palm tree should never be placed under the soil.

Step 2.  Position the palm tree in the center of the hole so that the better side faces forward. Then fill in the areas around the hole ensuring that there is no air or space underneath the palm tree. When the palm tree has been planted to your satisfaction, build a soil barrier around the circumference of the hole to form a dam that will hold water. If the palm tree was removed from a field or yard, the water damn must have a wider built circumference. After the building of the water damn, you are ready to drench the palm tree with water. This is necessary for the palm trees success rate.

Step 3.  Then apply fertilizer around the palm tree. Driving fertilizer stakes for the palm trees ensures that the palm tree will be properly feed nutrients throughout the season. Also, a spray down of Liquid Copper Fungicide will provide the control and prevention of diseases and bacteria.

Step 4.  Mulch is a great inhibitor of weeds and other plants which would deprive nutrients and water from the palm tree. Also, studies show that mulched trees grow faster than those not mulched, so add a 3" layer of pine straw, compost, or pulverized bark over backfilled area.

Step 5.  Depending on the size of the palm tree, you might need to brace it down to the ground by using a stake. This can easily be done with a couple pieces of plywood for bigger palm trees or just a small piece of wood for the smaller palm trees.

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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