The Best Palm for Container and Outdoor Pots
Experience instant tropical paradise with the iconic Christmas Palm for your pool or patio. With lush arching fronds and majestic tall trunks, this palm single-handedly transforms your surroundings into a captivating island oasis.
The crown of the Christmas Palm is characterized by an abundance of feathery fronds that gracefully arch over tall and smooth trunks, creating a beautiful canopy of shade. These palms come in single, double, or triple trunk varieties, and their compact nature allow them to thrive and bring charm to even the most confined spaces.
These stellar and captivating patio palms grow beautifully in containers or pots, bringing effortless atmosphere anywhere. What is best, they require no installation, just set it and forget it! They are an ideal choice for those seeking both beauty and ease, as they also require minimal maintenance.
This Philippine native brings a chill island vibe wherever it is placed. It can be planted in a group or as a single specimen, making an eye-catching addition to any landscape, pool, patio or deck.
These lush tropical plants are typically limited to warmer regions. However, since they can be easily grown in containers, you can bring these tropical beauties indoors during the colder season and enjoy them year-round!
Christmas Palms earn their name because of the bright red berries that typically ripen during the holiday season. These red fruits create a striking contrast against the green fronds, resembling festive Christmas decorations. In fact, you can even bring your Christmas Palm indoors during winter as a unique alternative to a traditional Christmas tree.
This is the perfect palm for instantly elevating your pool or patio, as a staging prop for an event, or giving your business environment or special event more ambience. With its effortless tropical allure, the Christmas Palm is sure to make any space achieve instant atmosphere.
If you’re looking for a lush, easy to care for tropical look then the Christmas Palm is the plant for you.
Q: How big do Christmas Palms get?
A: When outdoors and planted on the ground, Christmas Palms can reach heights of 15-25 ft. When in containers or indoors, they reach heights of 8-10 ft.
Q: Are Christmas Palms cold-hardy?
A: They are cold-hardy to 30°F, however, any temperature below 40°F may affect the fronds. Christmas Palms thrive outdoors year-round in Grow Zone 10-11, and are fantastic patio or indoor palms anywhere above Zone 4.
Q: Are Christmas Palms toxic to dogs?
A: No, they are not toxic to dogs or other animals.
Q: Are Christmas Palm fruits edible?
A: Yes, although they do not taste very good.
1. Sunlight: Christmas Palms need direct or indirect sunlight in order to grow. If indoors, be sure to place beside a window where it receives plenty of light.
2. Watering: When newly planted, be sure to water your palm 3 times a week for the first month. After it is established, water once a week unless it rains. Make sure you water thoroughly to make sure the bottom roots receive water at every watering. The amount of water per palm may range from 2 gallons for small containerized material to 15 gallons for larger palms.
Watering varies depending on the time of year and the outside temperature and weather. Here is a guideline for how much to water in any given season:
Winter: (60 degrees or less) no need to water, except for the first 30 days after installation.
Spring: (75 degrees or less) water palm once a week.
Beginning of Summer: (90 degrees or less) 2-3 times a week.
Heat of Summer: (90 degrees and above) 4-5 times a week.
Plants in a container need more constant watering than those planted on the ground.
Overwatering or bad drainage can cause permanent damage to the roots over time. Placing mulch over the roots can help with water retention. Use caution not to allow the mulch to touch the base of the palm, otherwise it can cause rot.
3. Fertilization: If planted outdoors, Christmas Palms should be fertilized three times a year in the Spring, Summer and Fall. If planted indoors, it needs only Spring and Summer fertilization.
4. Soil: Palms tolerate most soils, as long as they drain well. If necessary, add some sand to the soil mix to help it drain better.
5. Pruning: It is not necessary to prune your Christmas Palm. When a frond dies, it will detach and fall off on its own. However, if you decide to prune the brown frond before it naturally falls off, be careful not to do so when there is still some green color remaining in the frond.
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