The Mediterranean fan palm (Chamaerops Humilis) is a stocky palm tree available in dwarf form that grows up to 5 feet tall or in standard form that grows up to 15 feet tall. The fan palm features traditional fan-shape leaves that grow up to 24 inches long and 24 inches wide. It can thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture Hardiness zones 8 through 10. It requires moist soil and adequate fertiliser.
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Plant in an area that gets full sun most of the day. The Mediterranean fan palm can withstand harsh sun glares from swimming pools or windows, thus its placement is anywhere it can receive as much light as possible.
Review the colouration on the baby fan palm's leaves when you are selecting tree to plant. The palms should have a vibrant green colour and minimum drooping within the leaves.
Prepare the soil. Dig a hole planting hole that is 2 inches wider and 2 inches deeper than the root ball.
Place the root ball in the ground and cover with the excavated dirt. Pat the dirt so it firmly holds the palm in place. Make sure the root ball is covered by at least 2 inches of soil.
Maintain a regular water schedule, as this plant requires moist soil to create a deep root system during its first growing season. Do not overwater, as this may cause root rot. Water only when the soil is dry to a depth of 2 inches.
Fertilise with a slow-release palm fertiliser during the spring months. The frequency or amount vary according to the product type. Follow the instructions on the bag. Do not fertilise the palm without watering first. If the palm is planted during the spring months, wait four to six weeks before fertilising, to prevent shocking the plant.
Tips and warnings
- Use organic fertiliser if you wish to avoid adding chemicals to the soil. Materials such as fish emulsion, worm castings, bone meal or manure can be used as palm tree fertiliser.
- Water slightly after adding a fertiliser to prevent plant burn.
- Never place fertiliser in one spot at the plant's base. Scatter the fertiliser around the palm's growing area.
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