Our #1 Rated Cold-Hardy Palm Tree that tolerates sub zero temps for short periods, grows slowly and is super easy to maintain.
Why Choose a Windmill Palm?
If you’ve ever dreamed of having a tropical feel to your landscape, pool area, or even inside your home, but your winters are too cold, the Windmill Palm comes to the rescue. One of the most cold-hardy palms available, it stands up to cooler temperatures without skipping a beat.
Tropical Windmill Palms also look good with their green, 3-foot wide, fan-like fronds forming into a canopy resembling a windmill. Adding additional interest, the single trunk is covered in hairy fibers, which are used to make mats and brooms.
This tough, attractive palm is sure to be an eye-catching and carefree addition wherever used. It works well as a landscape specimen, accent plant, or framing an area of the garden.
Is it Cold-Hardy in My Area?
Compared to many varieties of palms, Windmill Palms can’t be beaten when it comes to their cold hardiness. It’s hardy growing in USDA hardiness zones 7 through 11. The palm is hardy in temperatures down to 10°F and will also tolerate single-digit temperatures for short periods, making it the perfect choice for those in northern climates.
You can easily protect your Windmill Palm from freezing temperatures. Water in well the night before the projected cold weather arrives, as this helps insulate the roots. Adding a thick layer of mulch over the planting site also helps keep the roots warm. You can also string holiday lights through the canopy and around the trunk for protection.
How Big Does It Get?
In their native habitat of China, Windmill Palms can grow up to 40 feet tall. However, the slow-grower typically grows around 20 to 30 feet tall and about 10 feet wide.
How Much Sun and Water Does It Need?
Another benefit of Windmill Palms is they don’t have to be in the blazing sun to thrive. The palm grows well situated in full sun to partial shade. In fact, it performs best in partial shade. However, it tolerates full sun just as well in the northern portions of its range.
If you’re growing it indoors as a houseplant, just place the palm where it gets bright indirect sunlight.
When it comes to water, Windmill Palms are drought-tolerant once established. Water several times weekly for the first month after planting. Thereafter, and depending on local weather conditions, water weekly.
If grown in pots, water when the top several inches of soil become dry.
Is It Easy to Maintain?
Besides periodic watering and feeding, Windmill palms don’t require much maintenance to look fabulous. They’re known for their resistance to disease and pest problems. The only pruning they require is to snip off the fronds when they completely die. Leave fronds that are even slightly green on the palm as it’s still gathering nutrients from them.
Does It Need Fertilizer?
In spring, summer and fall feed the Windmill palm with a well-balanced, slow-release blend specific to palm trees.
Q: Do you deliver?
A: Yes, we deliver within a 30 mile radius of our Alpharetta, GA location. Click here to check your zip code. The cost for delivery is $65. For potential delivery beyond 30 miles, please call us at 770-400-9897.
Q: Do you install?
A: Yes, all the plants we sell can be installed by us. Installation cost varies by product. Once you place your products in the cart, it will display delivery and installation costs. We only install AtlantaPalms.com palm trees and plants. Installation requires delivery by us.
Q: Do you offer a warranty?
A: Yes, we guarantee that your palm tree will arrive in perfect condition. If you're not satisfied within the first five (5) days of receiving your trees and plants, give us a call at 770-400-9897 so that we can make things right.
If you have issues with your trees or plants within the first 30 days, give us a call. We will review your concerns and provide you with a one-time replacement if necessary. Replacement delivery and installation costs are at the customer’s expense.
Please note, palm trees need proper care. If you have provided less than optimal care, your purchase isn't covered by our guarantee.
Q: Do you accept returns?
A: Only palms and plants 15 Gallon or less can be returned. The plant must be returned within 2 days of pickup or delivery and must be in the original container. Once a tree has been removed from its original container, or has been planted, it cannot be returned. Delivery fees are non-refundable.
Q: What payment methods do you accept?
A: We accept all major credit cards and cash.
Q: What are your hours of operation?
Monday - Friday I 8:30 am to 5 pm
Saturday I 8:30 am to 12 pm
Sunday I Closed
APRIL 1st - JUNE 15th I We are open 7 days a week from 8:30 am to 5 pm
Q: How often should I water my palms?
A: In general, palms should be watered daily with 4 to 5 gallons of water for the first two weeks until the root system is established. Ensure that the soil is wet and not soggy. Too much water may cause permanent damage. Depending on the type of palm and time of year, watering may be decreased to twice a month or less once the tree is established. Make sure you water the trees from the bottom up. Watering from the top down can cause rotting. Soil that has good drainage is important to help prevent over saturation and adding sand to the soil mixture can help with drainage. Placing mulch around the base of the tree and not against the trunk can also help with retaining water.
For cold hardy palms, watering will vary depending on the time of year and the temperature. Here is a guideline for how much to water in any given season.
Winter (60 degrees of less) no need to water, except for the first 30 days after installation. (5 gallons or till mote is full)
Spring (75 degrees or less) water palm once a week. (5 gallons or till mote is full)
Beginning of summer (90 degrees or less) 2-3 times a week
Heat of summer (90 degrees and above) 4-5 times a week
Q: When do I apply fertilizer to my palm tree?
A: Newly planted palms should not be fertilized until they put out a new spear. For palms planted from the Georgia/Tennessee border down to Atlanta, apply fertilizer in three applications. In heavy clay soils use half the recommended amount of fertilizer, and do not apply granular fertilizers after August 1. Be sure to fertilize only during the growing season (between April 1 and August 1).
Q: It is a good idea to correctly support larger, newly planted palms?
A: Larger palms will require some form of bracing to maintain stability during the first six to eight months after installation. Three equidistantly-spaced braces are used to support the palm. If Atlanta Palms installs your palm tree, we handle the bracing.
Q: When should I prune my palm tree?
A: The only time you should prune your palm tree is when the fronds are discolored, broken or pointing to the ground at more than a 90 degree angle. Palms get most of their energy from their fronds, so it’s important to be careful not to remove too many.
Q: Why are drip irrigation systems preferable to sprinklers?
A: Both drip irrigation and sprinklers are good irrigation systems for your palm trees. Drip irrigation is designed to have deeper saturation into a specific area. Sprinklers (spray irrigation) will only saturate the top 3-5 inches per watering cycle whereas Palms root balls are 2-3 feet deep and require a deeper water saturation to develop new roots. Newly planted palms can suffer root loss with a lapse in deep water saturation especially during the hotter and drier summer months.
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