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Aug
12
Roebelinii Palm

The pygmy date palm is one of the most popular palms in small landscapes. It grows about 12 feet high with a canopy spread of about 6-8 feet. Pygmy date palms can be planted in just about any soil type and are cold hardy to 30 degrees or so. They are notorious for Potassium, Magnesium, and Manganese deficiencies, so a good fertilizer program is a must. A couple diseases to watch for are butt rot which has no cure, and leaf spot which if not treated can be fatal to the palm. Mites can be an issue along with scale, so treatments with insect control and fungicides are a good idea. Newer leaflets have a whitish material on it that is often mistaken for an insect infestation, but this is just normal and comes off as the leaf ages. So if your looking for a small managable palm for your landscape, give the Roebelinii a try!

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