Winter protection of palm trees
WINTER PROTECTION OF PALM TREES
In the beginning of winter it is possible to pack the less hardy palm trees in the open ground. In the conventional way this was usually done with reed mats. However, this was quite labour-intensive and nowadays it is easier with special climate cloths.
With climate cloths you apply 8 to 10 layers every other palm tree. The entire palm is wrapped in this way and the closed bag to the ground gives it a lot of insulation.
The composition of this cloth is such that it does not absorb and still breathe water, so that the core of the palm remains dry and is not susceptible to fungi.
On the ground around the trunk comes a new layer of tree bark or leaf, which keeps the frost out of the ground around the roots.
And in the spring this keeps the weeds away, it also digests and is good for the palm. If you don't want this, you can also let the climate cloth run through to the ground well.
In the spring (mid-April) winter protection can be removed again.
WRAPPING WITH CLIMATE CLOTH
We pack the palms and other exotic species with climate cloths and below a heating cable is used to heat the plant in case of severe and/or prolonged frost.
In this way you can get all the exotic species through the winter without any problems, even customers with a Washingtonia filifera in the ground have had no problems during the winters from 2007 to 2012.
You can also control a heating cable with a digital thermo timer with thermostat.
This way you don't have to keep an eye on the temperature yourself and you can also enjoy winter sports with peace of mind.
Climatic cloth and light hose and other accessories such as digital thermo-timers etc. are available.
In the photo below are several Butia eriospatha, Trachycarpus fortunei and Chamaerops humilis packed with climate cloth. Light hose was applied between the palm and the climate cloth. These are heated by lighting that is automatically switched on by a thermocouple when it starts freezing.
These palms have been standing in the ground for several years and have withstood several heavy winters gloriously!
Palms in a container can be protected in the same way, but one should also apply an insulating layer to the cockpit, because of the broken freezing of the roots.
This can be done with, for example, a few layers of bubble wrap film. Never turn a bubble wrap around a palm, this suffocates irrevocably.
(NB. All kinds of pockets with zip fastening etc. are for sale in the trade.
These costs very much and do not insulate! Often these are too short, which means that the underside of the plant is still exposed to the cold.
Do not be tempted by the so-called convenience of plant covers or palm bags.
Isolation is achieved by applying multiple layers to your plant. This can be done with several layers of climate cloth, insulating static layers of air and single pocket with a nice zip!
The palm can also be placed in a cockpit in a room where it is close to freezing point or just above. Make sure that it is not completely dark, it is preferable to place it near a window.
Be very sparing with water in winter, the root ball can be a little too dry rather than too wet.
Nutrition is also not necessary if the plant is cooled off in the winter storage, below +6ºC the growth of most palms is almost at a standstill. Only plants that are warm wintering can suffice with half the fertilization rate.
WINTER PREPARATION OF GARDEN
We can make the garden winter ready for you and protect the plants so that they pass undamaged winter.
For a free quote please send us an email.
Be aware of the hustle and bustle at the beginning of winter!
If you make an appointment for packing your plants in time, you will not be faced with any surprises if winter falls suddenly and you will certainly be included in the planning.