Why do newly planted palm trees need so much water?
In the Summer, newly planted trees lose much of their root system during digging. Because of this, they are much less effective at taking up water, and
thus require much more water than established trees. WATER SHOULD BE GREATLY REDUCED IN COOLER WEATHER !
Why is deep watering my new palm tree so important?
Larger trees are not grown in containers but transplanted into a container. Newly planted / transplanted palm trees, with their greatly reduced root
systems and the shock from being removed, are in great need of frequently applied deep irrigation. Deep watering keeps moisture concentrations far
below the surface, reducing transplant shock, and attracting roots downward deep into the soil
How deep is deep enough?
Deep watering to a depth of at least 12 inches or more is recommended. Most of the root system of a tree is located within the top 2 to 4 feet of soil in
new trees, it is also recommended that water be applied directly over the root ball / root mass.
How can I efficiently achieve deep water saturation of my newly planted palm tree?
The best way to efficiently ensure deep water penetration is to slowly and evenly apply a high volume of water in a single application. This means that
light watering applications (i.e. via sprinklers. hose, etc.) will not provide adequate water saturation.
How much water does a new palm tree typically require?
While there is no standard watering amount that is suitable for all new palm trees, there are general watering guidelines that can be followed. One
commonly used formula suggests 10 gallons of water per week for every 1 inch of tree caliper; For example: A single 2 inch caliper (trunk diameter)
tree would require approximately 20 gallons of water per week. Canary Island Date Palms & Pindo Palms should be allowed to go through a complete
drying cycle before applying more water.
Can't I just apply water frequently with a sprinkler?
Watering a palm tree lightly, even on a regular basis, is insufficient. Most of the water applied will be lost due to run-off and/or evaporation. And most
importantly, light applications of water will force roots to the surface, leading to shallow rooting and poor root anchorage
How long can it take for a new palm tree to get established?
It can take several years for a transplanted tree to re-establish its root system. On average, a tree requires 1 year for every 1 inch of trunk caliper
(diameter). This means that a 3 inch caliper tree can take up to 3 years to get fully established
Why does it take so long for a new tree to establish itself?
Large trees in containers are transplanted into those containers...Transplanted trees lose much of their roots during digging, and thus experience an
adjustment period called transplant shock.
What are the signs / symptoms of transplant shock?…
Symptoms vary; However, signs include; shortened or poor annual growth, wilted fans or fronds, increased seed production, reduced flowering, yellow
to pale color, and early leaf drop.
What can be done to curb the effects of transplant shock?
Proper and regular watering is essential. Supplemental watering (in addition to rainfall) is recommended for at least the first 2 years.
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