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Old 10-25-2007, 12:50 AM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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What is the best way to protect the crown of my windmill palm from getting frost or any moistue into the crown.
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Old 10-25-2007, 04:59 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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windmill palms are cold hardy to 5 degrees F (lower depending on the age and growth of the cold hardy palm tree). ...
If frost is expected and you have a young palm depending on the size you can gently pull the fronds up around the crown then wrap the whole thing with a cloth sheet never use plastic. . Yes it will look like a standing body bag.

I learned this trick the hard way, I use to have 2 really nice roebelenii Pygmy Date Palms
and when we had a freeze I thought just covering them would work. But the freeze got the crown. Had I used the what I call body bag method the crown would of received more protection

karla
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Old 10-26-2007, 02:48 PM
 
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You can do either as karla reccomends, or buy some material from your local garden center that is called 'frost blanket' or use some 'burlap'. With either one you cover the crown and tie the material at the bottom to keep the wind from blowing it off.
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Old 10-26-2007, 09:57 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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thanks, that is a good idea
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Old 02-02-2009, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Yes, as mentioned in another thread, I have had a Windmill for 4 years now - maybe 5 years. Its about 4 ft tall now. We dropped to 5F two weeks ago, which is the coldest it has been here in years! I did not protect it (other than a light sheet on one morning) as its really to big now to cover. Now alot of it is ugly light green, rather than the lush dark green it was 4 weeks ago. Hopefully it will recover.

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windmill palms are cold hardy to 5 degrees F (lower depending on the age and growth of the cold hardy palm tree)

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Old 02-03-2009, 07:52 AM
 
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To protect fully in the Winter:

1) Heavily mulsch around the base- heavily.
2) Stretch a length of that green, plastic garden mesh/fencing around it and anchor it with tomato stakes.
3)Stuff the "cage" with dry leaves. Lots of them.

That's it, although some folks wrap plastic around the cafe or make a top for it.

Do this for anywhere from 2 to 5 years and your yard will resemble suburban Honolulu.
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