Windmill or Florida Sabal Palm for Dallas

Meaty

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Sep 8, 2015
57
Dallas Texas
Both are cold hardy for our zone (8) but does anyone have local experience with either? My fear is dropping money into a plant and having it die over the winter. Both seem to otherwise be similar in growth rate, sun exposure, fruit, etc
 

Divin Dave

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Oct 2, 2013
5,629
Longview, Texas
Hi Meaty,
Im 120 miles East of Dallas so our weather is about the same. My neighbor has 2 windmills and I have a couple of friends that also have windmill palms.
They have been there for several years and are doing great.
 

Meaty

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Sep 8, 2015
57
Dallas Texas
Hi Meaty,
Im 120 miles East of Dallas so our weather is about the same. My neighbor has 2 windmills and I have a couple of friends that also have windmill palms.
They have been there for several years and are doing great.
Thanks. The combined responses make me feel better about going for it
 

woodyp

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Apr 17, 2010
10,576
East Texas
You might look into a pindo palm as well. Heck.............I've taken a broom and swept snow and ice off mine! 100 miles dead East of you.
 

737mech

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Jun 15, 2013
148
Corinth,TX
Hope you are happy with your windmills. We have 2 along with a pindo palm and a needle palm. All have been growing well for us. We are just north of Lake Lewisville.
BTW I have seen a huge and very healthy sabal palm in Dallas. I have some young sabal palms from it.
 

Shock11

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Oct 19, 2015
178
Burleson, Texas
How often do you guys water your palms? Mine get 20 minutes 3 times a week from drip irrigation. They've gotten some brown tips since they were installed.


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otter86753

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Sep 26, 2013
566
Charleston, SC
In addition to water, the next best thing you can do for your palms is to fertilize them with a 07-00-09 fertilizer and add Seahume as well. I use the following schedule and amounts:

4th week of March
07-00-09 2 pounds
Seahume 1 Cup

4th week of April
07-00-09 2 pounds
Seahume 1 Cup

3rd week of July
07-00-09 2 pounds

1st week of September
07-00-09 2 pounds
Seahume 1 Cup

You may need to adjust for your climate, but it does wonders for my palms.
 

otter86753

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Sep 26, 2013
566
Charleston, SC
What is seahume and where do you buy it,thanks
Here is a link to what Seahume is Horticulture Hotline: SeaHume I buy mine at a local store that specializes in horticulture. I am sure one of your local garden centers would have it. The numbers of the fertilizer are important. They correspond to Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K) ratios. The one pictured above is pretty close if you can't find exactly 07-00-09.