Palms - They Won't Wreck The Joint
Palms root system and your structures.

Palms are incredible plants - they have been on the planet for 80 million years - they began to evolve during the Cretaceous, and have evolved into over 2500 different species. 

The typical root system of a palm is very different from either a coniferous or deciduous tree in that unlike these trees, a palm's roots will typically not disrupt or disturb underground plumbing, foundations, or walkways.  For instance, an oak tree's roots begin only slightly larger than a hair in diameter, grow to the size of your finger in girth, continue to grow as big as your wrist, your thigh, your waist ...  A palm's roots begin the size of, and look like a finger and remain that way.  When one of these finger sized roots hits an obstruction, it simply goes around it. A palm with a trunk of 1' diameter will have hundreds of these roots the size of fingers. 

 


Water Me - It's Hot & Dry!
The benefits of a drip-system

In Southern Baja, sun is a given, and there is plenty of good soil to go around - a couple of ways you can kill a palm is to over-water or under-water it.  When transplanting a field-grown palm, more water is required as the plant's water uptake system has been compromised.  For most palms, as long as there is reasonable drainage and  it is a field-grown transplant, we always recommend watering every other day or 3 times a week for an hour with a 5-9 liter/hour emitter on a drip system.  Drip systems are easy to set up  Self-contained computer systems can be bought for $50.00 - $100.00 which can easily be programmed to ensure your new palm is getting enough water.  Computers typically run on a 9v battery which require replacement every 8 months.  With a drip system, you can be confident that your palms and other plants are getting adequate water whether you are there or not. These simple to use units are very easy to program and will take care of a large area (many palms and plants per computer watering system).  Once the root system has been re-established on a field grown transplant, less water could be scheduled, but sooner or later the palm is going to require more water to really thrive as it gets bigger.  Smaller palms transplanted from cultivation pots or grow-bags will not require as much water as the plant's root system has never been compromised by digging it from the ground.  Reducing the watering by 30-50% would be appropriate for palms trans-planted from cultivation pots or grow bags.

Generally palms are hardy plants and most will tolerate absence of water for a period once established, but if you want them to really thrive, regular watering is a must.

 







Becoming A Palm Snob
Palms Are Fantastic - They Are All Exotic

Some say that they don't like this or that type of palm, very often the Washingtonian or Mexican Fan Palm is in the cross-hairs when discussing palms and least favorites.  Washingtonians can make a mess with their seeds, to be sure, but if planted in an appropriate place, they can be a perfect choice.  If you are looking for something more rare and appropriate for your chosen area for your new palm(s), we likely will be able to introduce you to varietals you are not familiar with.

                                                 Huerta del Pacifico
                                                                                                    Todos Santos BCS

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Gallery Of Palms:  Bismarks, Royals, Dates, Triangles
Bismark Palm (Bismarckia nobilis)
The Bismark is a fantastic statement palm ideal for creating shade or blocking unwanted views.  Bismarks grow very well in Southern Baja.
Cuban Royal Palm (Roystonea regia)
An iconic palm perfect for lining driveways, or making a statment.  Cuban Royals can grow to well over 100'.
Date Palms (Phoenix sylvestris)
Date palms are part of the 'phoenix' botanical categorization of palms which is one of the largest families of palms - many bear fruit.  Date palms have a distinct majesty.
Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii)
Pygmy Date Palms are remarkable in that they are the same in most every way to larger Date Palms, except they remain proportionately diminutive to their cousins - great for under-planting or in large pots.
Canary Island Date Palm
(Phoenix canariensis)
Another iconic palm, The trunk of a Canary Island Date Palm can get over 3' in diameter and it's crown will have deep green, huge fronds.  When full grown, these palms require their own postal code.
Triangle Palm (Dypsis decaryi)
Often cited as the most beautiful palm, this Madagascar native is unique in that it's fronds grow in three planes.  Triangle palms look great in spaced groupings, in a row, or as a stand-alone center-piece.

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