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Old 03-11-2013, 03:32 AM
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I would really like to get a palm tree for my balcony, something like a coconut or date palm. I just wasn't sure if it would be able to survive mild winters. I won't be in Michigan, but if I kept it inside during the nights or cold days in the winter.. would it be ok?

I wouldn't want to spend the money if it's futile.. any advice would be great.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:05 PM
Location: Coastal Georgia
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My feeling is that, since both palms you mention are very large, in the best case scenario it would not fit into your house in the winter. If you have a sunny spot indoors to winter a palm, maybe go for a smaller variety or even a banana plant.
Sago Palm is very slow growing and stays short, although it is wide, so you may not have room.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:02 PM
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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I have had a palm for the past 2 years. I bought it on a whim. It spends summers out on my covered porch and winters inside my sunny living room. It does seem to be OK with some direct sun. That's sunlight hitting the leaves, and it likes bright light.

I am actually not sure of the type of palm, but it looks like this one on Ikea's website:

I water it once a week, and it is in a big pot with a saucer underneath.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:10 PM
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Check out Pygmy Date Palms for containers. We have had a Pygmy Date Palm in a glazed pot now for 6 years. It is now about 3 ft tall. It's a very slow grower and low maintenance, making it an ideal container plant that you can move inside in the winter if needed.

How to Plant a Pygmy Date Palm | eHow.com
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:49 AM
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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The Ikea palm mentioned above is an areca, those do well in pots. I haven't ever had a pygmy date palm but they sound like a good candidate for container growing. The coconut palm would not do well on you balcony at all. They won't grow small even if you keep them in a small pot. They get huge pretty much no matter what you do. They are pretty slow growing, though, so you'd have a year or two perhaps before it outgrew your balcony.

The "parlor palm" is a nice palm for a pot. Although it is a multi-trunk/stem sort of palm. Were you looking for something closer to the iconic coconut palm? One that has a single trunk and then a bunch of leaves at the top? Perhaps a ti plant or a dracaena would give you that sort of look and not outgrow your balcony?
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