|Agua Caliente Park, pic taken back in October of 2010|
I waited to post this series because you need heat to make it all happen. Starting now and through September, you can start putting palms into your landscape. There are 4 primary palms that I will write about....the California Palm, Mexican Fan Palm, Canary Palm, and Date Palm. These palms are the most visible in our landscape and while there are many more, it's only this group catgory in which I have experience . For palms to succeed as a transplant, gardeners and landscapers need to wait and put these plants into the ground during the warm and hot months.
Large palms such as washingtonias, look best when planted in large areas or in the
vicinity of larger buildings. Clusters of odd numbers of palms (1, 3, 5) are generally more aesthetically pleasing than even numbered groups, unless more than seven are being planted in one area. Palms can be transplanted at any time of the year although they establish themselves far more quickly
and with fewer problems if they are set out in the spring and early summer. Palms do not grow as rapidly during the winter months and several experimental observations have shown that cold damage
is much more severe in palms that are not well established(which is what happened in my situation at El Presidio). The dry winter season also requires more irrigation to insure the survival of the newly planted palm." Source: http://www.plantapalm.com/vpe/horticulture/planting-a-palm-tree.pdf
There you have it......another fun series on a group of plants that will make your landscape pop! Stay tuned for a quick look at several popular palms for the Tucson area. No Queen Palms in Tucson. It's too cold and most of them died during our freeze.