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These striking single-stemmed evergreen palms have wonderful, fan-shaped, dark green leaves up to 75cm long. Winter-hardy architectural palms such as these Trachycarpus make a superb feature and will add a sunny desert island feel to you Patio or garden for years to come!
Often seen on holiday, with its wonderful deep green leaves wafting in the sea breeze, these Palms are a truly magical exotic that will look just as spectacular on your patio in a pot or planted into your garden, proving to be very tough, hardy and reliable even in the coldest British winters.
Surprisingly fast growing, your palm will form an attractive, thick trunk as it matures. Lush, exotic, tactile and incredibly easy to grow, Trachycarpus are also known as the Windmill or Chusan palm, they will make an excellent specimen plant for sunny exotic garden or courtyard, and look particularly handsome in a decorative container.
One of the most reliably hardy palms available, feed well and plant in a well-drained position to enjoy a taste of the exotic all year round in your garden.
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Some hardy palms will survive winters in much of lowland Britain in sheltered gardens with favourable local conditions. However, plants that are in exposed positions, in containers or wet at the roots will be more liable to winter damage. As a result, the temperatures quoted are a general guide only – and the term hardiness is applied to mature specimens as young plants are more liable to being damaged by cold weather.
Hardy palms that will be planted out in the garden should initially be grown in containers and brought under cover (ideally into a frost-free greenhouse) during winter until well rooted in at least a five litre pot. Plant in mid-spring to allow time for the palm to establish before winter. Choose a well-drained spot in a sheltered position as few palms tolerate windswept locations.
On heavier clay soils prone to winter waterlogging, thoroughly cultivate a wide area and throw up the soil into a low mound 25cm (10in) high. Planting into the centre of this mound will keep at least some of the roots above the saturated soil in winter.
Palms grow slowly and need adequate space as they do not compete well with surrounding plants and most are not tolerant of shading.
Water and feed as for other trees.
Winter protection; As the palm stems thicken with age, the plants become more tolerant of lower temperatures. Prolonged winter frosts and cold winds damage leaves and may kill the central growing point. Where cold winters occur, prepare plants with a protective wrapping.
Palms grown in containers should also be protected or brought under cover for the winter. Where containers are left outdoors, ensure the pot is bubble-wrapped to prevent frost damage to the roots.
Pruning and training; Unlike other trees, palms cannot be pruned. However, unsightly dead lower leaves can be removed; but do not cut them back flush with the trunk.
Propagation; Palms are propagated by seeds. Seed should be planted to its own depth in any moist proprietary potting medium that both retains moisture and is free-draining. Place seed pots in a heated propagator for the best results.
Older seed may not germinate well. Fresh seed can sprout within a week or two, but most species take two or three months to germinate, and some take up to two years.
Some palms, such as Chamaerops, can be increased by dividing the suckers.
Trachycarpus fortune; Large fan-shaped leaves. Good rate of growth. Withstands temperatures of -15°C (5°F) or below if sheltered. This is the one species of palm that can be grown widely in the UK, though the leaves may be damaged by high winds in cold, northerly, exposed sites. It is tolerant of heavier clay soils and some shade. The closely related T. wagnerianus has stiffer, more wind tolerant leaves. T. latisectus from north-east India and has broad, glossy, dark green leaves. Both appear as hardy as the Chusan palm.