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Old 04-13-2013, 07:37 AM
 
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It is no trouble pulling the blanket over using two big stepladders and two telescoping poles on either side of the tree. The tree is 20 feet tall now and will be on its own when it gets really huge. I'll shoot a video the next time and let younger people pull the blanket over. Phoenix Tent and Awning graciously sewed my frost blanket together for $$$$. I had a 24 x 100 foot blanket cut in half and sewn back together to make 48 x 50 ft. One the other hand, I have a nasty 70 ft. Mexican Fan Palm that you can have for free if you just come and get it. It came in as a seed with the flood irrigation when I was a kid.
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:00 AM
 
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Queen Palms will do fine here if watered correctly. And most importantly feed them a palm tree fertilizer that includes the micronutrients iron and manganese in it at least 3 times a year.
Fore more information on palm tree care just 'google' care of queen palms in the desert.
Well, most all must be watered incorrectly, because I have never really seen a queen palm that looked fine in Arizona.
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:18 AM
 
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Well, most all must be watered incorrectly, because I have never really seen a queen palm that looked fine in Arizona.
Actually a lot of shrubs/trees look horrible here because people don't know how to water or care for them.
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:41 PM
 
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We have a few in our backyard and they're doing great. I love them, and you can't beat the way they look by the pool That said, it did take a year or two for them to really get established.
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Old 04-13-2013, 04:10 PM
 
Location: In the Deem Hills of NW Phoenix
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Queen palms aren't perfect for our climate, that's for sure. However, unlike most native plants that flourish here, they are easy to maintain with little pruning, they add a pleasing tropical effect to the landscape, they don't have hooks or barbs that are out to get you, they aren't very expensive, they grow fast, they don't have an invasive root system so they're safe in confined spaces, and they don't have a lot of litter so they are perfect around pools. Treated properly, they should have a good long life. The biggest mistake people make (Guilty!), according to Moon Valley Nurseries, is to not water them wide enough. As they grow, their roots grow wider and they need to be watered along the entire root area.
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Old 04-13-2013, 04:19 PM
 
Location: prescott az
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I have one in the back yard that came with the house 9 years ago. It looked pretty beat up but I feed it now every 2 or 3 months and water it with the hose once a week. The dripper is not enough. It looks really good and healthy.
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Old 04-13-2013, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Willo Historic District, Phoenix, AZ
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They are also subject to disease, when can be dealt with, but it can get expensive and time consuming. We had them surrounding our pool. We had 5 and lost two over the course of 23 years. They eventually got too tall to trim and we had to hire somebody to do it.
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