Gardening; Palms in pots

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  1. Douglas

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    I have a few palms in pots, well actually I have had quite a few palms but I have lost them over the winter.

    This year I have built a green house in the hope that they may survive the winter but with the temp being so low I have now added a small paraffin heater to help.

    Am I likely to succeed by just keeping the temp above zero?

    Doug...
     
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    wrap them in a good layer of straw, round pots and base of palm might be a bit late now though
     
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    It must be dependant upon what type of palm they are. We have two palms growing in the back garden. We didnt plant them and so they must have got there with the birds dropping seeds.

    The are well rooted and seem to be growing faster over the last few weeks than they did in the summer.

    Do you know what type of palm they are Doug.

    Jim
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    We have some cordyline palms they are hardy and will take the frost but we also have a phoenix palm and like some other date palms are not hardy. We wrap ours with membrane and bubble wrap but still suffers with burnt fronds.
     
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    They are the Phoenix type.

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    We have a cabbage palm in the garden, flowers every year and doesn't seem to suffer from the frost.

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    Then you are right to use heat to keep frost off

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    Doug,

    I normally do the same as you're doing and the plants have been fine for the following year (Palms & Cordylines). This year I'm not bothering to put a paraffin heater in the greenhouse. (4 litres for £6.29 at B&Q). I've lined it with bubble wrap and put all of the plants inside. If the plants have survived a few winters in Wales they are normally reasonably hardy I have found.
     
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    So far the frost is only on the outside, there has been none on the inside. Garden water barrel has 3" of ice on it, I had to drill holes in it so that I could break a hole to stop it bursting the plastic, I have now put some wood shafts in it in the hope it relieves the pressure.
     
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    Doug, Because I am on my own and find it difficult to wrap the bubble wrap around palms I cut the top of a black bin bag and slip it over the top ... then it easy to tie cord round them.

    I didn't have time to do it this last Autumn and I lost all my palms. :Sad:

    Having said that one of my friends lost theirs too, and they chopped the top off and several new plants have grown at the base for them to slice off and make new ones from.:Smile:
     
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