Posted by Emily on January 12, 2018, 10:06 pm
I have three windmill palm trees about 4ft tall each . This is my first winter with them in Nashville Tennessee. Is it normal for them to change color a bit in this cold dormat season. They donít look as vibrant green as they were in the summer and fall .
Re: Windmill palms
Posted by AJ Mid TN on January 12, 2018, 11:50 pm, in reply to "Windmill palms"
Planted in the ground? Did you protect them during the first of the year cold spell? I think it was too cold for them but they might be ok. They turn darker in cold then turn back in warmer temps. I got down to 3F here nearby you.
Posted by JimHardy on January 13, 2018, 12:42 am, in reply to "Windmill palms"
I would be surprised if they are still alive after all the single digit temps.
Posted by Rob North Tennessee on January 13, 2018, 7:47 am, in reply to "Windmill palms"
Emily hopefully its not too late but you need to protect those palms. If I lived where you do I would mulch all around their trunks and growing area least a foot out. I would then cover them with a tarp ( you get get those blue ones for a dollar @ dollar tree ) and throw over them during ice and snow. If they dont make it, dont give up. There are some pretty Windmill palms in Nashville.
Posted by Ken on January 13, 2018, 7:49 am, in reply to "Windmill palms"
It's normal for some discoloration at the temps we've had. The main thing is did the foliage look normal the past 3 days of warm temps? If it had a folded or furled look, that does not bode well, at least for the foliage. If these were new transplants and unprotected they could be in real trouble, and more single digit temps are on the way. Good luck.
Posted by Kevin midTN on January 13, 2018, 10:17 am, in reply to "Windmill palms"
Not much to add here other than to say I agree with my TN posters, especially. My rule of thumb is to protect windmills for there first couple of winters. Having done that won't guarantee survival if it gets extremely cold. Windmills in my opinion, are only about 80-90% Hardy in Tennessee'one' mildest zones, including Nashville. Here is a website I created years back but still has some good information on it. Check it out: tennesseetropics.m.webs.com/site/classic?url=http://www.freewebs.com/tennesseetropics/palmtreesoftennessee.htm&back=http%3A%2F%2Ftennesseetropics.m.webs.com%2Fsite%2Fmobile%3Furl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.freewebs.com%2Ftennesseetropics%2Fpalmtreesoftennessee.htm Kevin midTN If the link doesn't work, which doesn't look correct to me, just search Tennessee tropics or Tennessee palm trees and look for the webpage under 'freewebs'. It's about 4th or 5th down on Bing.
Posted by Fred SC on January 13, 2018, 10:30 am, in reply to "Re: Windmill palms"
Jim, during the Vortex we got down to 5F a few years back and no damage whatsoever to the Trachycarpus here. perhaps the duration of the cold this time in addition to low temp has scorched her leves.???
Posted by Fred SC on January 13, 2018, 10:32 am, in reply to "Windmill palms"
Pretty normal during severe cold for the foliage to bronze a little, but if it turns deep blackish green then it is cold damage.
Posted by Rob North Tennessee on January 13, 2018, 11:35 am, in reply to "Re: Windmill palms"
Kevin that a very nice web page showing some very nice palms in Tennessee. Just in case anyone thinks its just pictures and I dont want Emily to miss this, here is another part at the site that is important for palms : click on INFORMATION and NEWS And later as they grow larger, mini Christmas tree lights can be strung around the tree very snug and then covered and this seems too be popular for many that grow windmill palms in Tennessee. Thanks for sharing that Kevin.
Re: Nice website
Posted by Kevin midTN on January 13, 2018, 1:04 pm, in reply to "Nice website"
Yessir. You are welcome. It's not the most informative and all inclusive website but it touches on the basics. Kevin midTN
Posted by JimHardy on January 13, 2018, 7:14 pm, in reply to "Re: Windmill palms"
Scorched it is,I saw 4F in the Princeps enclosure so we shall see what the cold has sorted out-the leaves are toast but the spear was good...now its just not letting them get to warm which allows explosive pathogen growth.
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