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Watering discovery today
Posted by Tommy Nashville-Miami
on 8/30/2018, 10:18 pm
I have been watering this summer like no other time in my life. I've been home and had the chance to really experiment what it's like not to neglect my palms. All Sabals love it. Windmills- not so much. I have two windmills that have been amazing survivors through these horribly cold winters and what I would notice is that they would always produce multitudes of fronds during the spring-summer-fall without my care. This year, I've been watering them incessantly. They seem to be holding back.
I visited a neighbor today, about 7 houses down, who didn't protect his windmill through the winters either. His windmill is about 8ft and out in the open. His defoliated and neither of mine did. Well, now his windmill's crown is much more full than either of mine. He told me he had not watered it one time.
I'm starting to see a pattern. Even when I stop watering for a week, they push out more spears. No more windmill water for me. If for some reason, our soil is such that windmills soak and retain that much water on their own- all the better for my water bill. Obviously we stay above 90 almost the entire summer and they can experience heat stress here but too much water seems to stress them in our clay as well. I guess it's about finding the balance. It probably does not help that I had landscape weed-blocking sheeting put in this year.
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