Thursday, February 26, 2015

Make your Palms grow, Grow, GROW!!!




There are hundreds of types of palm trees (Arecaceae) that grow well in U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones 8 through 10. Medium-sized palms grow from 10 to 25 feet and tall palms can reach heights of 40 to 70 feet. The best time to plant palms is in the spring after the last frost, so it has the longest growing season before chilly temperatures arrive. Palm trees require a specialized plant food that meets all of their nutrient requirements and helps them grow faster. Taking proper care of a palm tree will help it grow quickly and fill in your landscape with a tall focal point.




Planting Area

1

Plant a palm tree in an area with good drainage that receives full to partial sun. Dig a hole with a shovel that is twice as wide as the root ball and the same depth as the pot.

2

Spread the palm tree roots outward. Cut through any roots that grow in a circle with pruning shears. This enables roots to grow outward quickly, become well- established in the soil sooner, and encourages new growth.

3

Fill the remainder of the hole with soil and pack it down by stepping on it. Place mulch in a ring around the tree on the edges of the hole to a height of 3 inches; the watering basin holds water at the root area, so irrigation reaches the roots for faster growth.

Irrigation

1

Place a soaker hose in a circle in the watering basin.

2

Turn the hose on low and allow water to fill the basin slowly. Palms are drought tolerant but grow faster when they receive slow, deep watering.

3

Turn the water off when the watering basin is full. Check the moistness of the soil about once a week during the summer and irrigate whenever the soil is dry in the basin.

Fertilizer

1

Fertilize a palm tree after planting it in the spring and twice more, with the last application in August.

2

Measure the correct amount of palm tree food for the size of your tree according to the package directions; some products determine the amount by the tree height and others determine it by the trunk size.

3

Place the palm tree food in a bowl or container. Sprinkle fertilizer in an equal distribution in the watering basin around the tree.

4

Water the plant food with a garden hose until the basin is full and the granules melt.



Pruning

1

Cut brown fronds off a palm tree in dry weather with pruning shears or loping shears on larger palms to direct the nutrients from palm food and water into the growing top of the tree.

2

Examine the tree and notice the head at the top. Imagine the head as a clock face with the horizontal axis in the center of the head. Trim off browning fronds below the 3:00 and 9:00 area.

3

Prune each frond off as close to the trunk as possible but do not cut into the trunk.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Different Styles of Palm Fonds


Mexican Fan Palm 



The leaves have a petiole up to 3.3 ft long, and a palmate fan of leaflets up to 3.3 ft long. Theinflorescence is up to 9.8 ft long, with numerous small pale orange-pink flowers.


Mexican Blue Palm


"Icy" Blue-green & very waxy.  Size: About 6 to 8 ft. wide, and segmented 3 to 4 ft. long!!



Canary Island Date Palm



The leaves are pinnate, 13–20 ft long, with 80–100 leaflets on each side of the central rachis.


Livistona Palm


It is crowned with dark, glossy green leaves on petioles 6.6 ft long. It has leaves plaited like a fan; the cabbage of these is small but sweet. In summer it bears flower spikes with sprigs of cream-white flowers. In winter, the trees accumulate dead fronds or leaves, which usually need to be removed by a arborist.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Palm of The Week

                                         Blue Hesper Palm- Brahea Armata


The Blue Hesper Palm is a famous hardy blue palm from Mexico. Stiff, fan shaped leaves of a stunning pale
 blue colour. Conservatory, or sunny spot in the garden. Well drained soil, plenty of water in summer, rather
drier in winter, when it can withstand -10ºC or so when larger. It is much happier, and faster growing when 
planted in the ground. To around 10 feet.

Blue Hesper Palm Characteristics
Stem/TrunkGray trunk with ringed appearance. Covered with a skirt of old leaves.
ExposurePartial shade and full sun. Tolerates heat and wind as well as temperatures to 18 degrees.
SoilSomewhat dry, sandy soil and good drainage
WaterDrought tolerant although occasional deep irrigation is recommended
Growth RateSlow growing to 40'

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30'' Box- $450
36" Box- $650



Friday, February 20, 2015

A New Vision BY THE GREGORY PALM FARMS

A New Vision... Zen

Bringing contemporary style with a relaxing feel to your landscape

Palm Trees are the perfect accents to a Zen Garden. They bring height and fullness to the landscape while bringing peace and beauty to you. Whether its a Butia, Bismarck, Mexican Blue, King Palm, or Windmill's we have them all in stock now.

Contact us at (714) 458-3720 OR 714) 814-8525 or email us at gregpalms1@gmail.com for a quote.
Choose a Chinese Windmill Palm to add a statement piece to a fountain or planter. 15 Gallons starting as low as $50.
Add King Palms to surrounding wall planters to fill in space and add privacy. 15 Gallons starting as low as $55.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Make a Statement! WITH GREGORY PALM FARMS


With A Phoenix Reclinata




This striking palm. Phoenix Reclinata, also known as Senegal Date Palm, creates an interesting silhouette with its multiple gracefully-curved, often-reclining slender brown trunks and it's dense crowns of stiff but feathery leaf fronds.  Old frond bases are medium brown and remain on the trunk, forming a showy trunk which is attractive all year long.  A mature specimen can reach 35 feet in height with a 12 to 20-foot spread and creates a striking tree which casts a light shade.  The palm is very elegant when lit from below at night.  It's best used as an accent piece in large landscapes.  The showy flower stalks are followed by one-inch-long bright orange dates which are incredibly showy and beautiful.  These are especially attractive when viewed from a balcony above the tree.  The fruits are edible and taste quite similar to the commercial date.



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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Palm of the week

Canary Island Date Palms are a large majestic palm, with a very solid trunk, and long feather leaves with spined petioles. Quite a popular plant due to its hardiness, attractiveness and speed of growth. Very good for adding a Mediterranean feel.







Canary Island Date Palm Characteristics
Stem/TrunkSingle, wide heavy trunk with characteristic leaf diamonds on the trunk. dark brown.
ExposureFull sun, wind, heat, aridity and cold
SoilTolerant of most well drained soils.
WaterLow water needs.
Growth RateModerate growth rate, 60' in height, 30 - 50' spread.




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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Palms VS Cycads HERE'S THE DIFFERENCE AT GREGORY PALM FARMS

cy·cad
ˈsīkəd,ˈsīˌkad/
noun
  1. a palmlike plant of tropical and subtropical regions, bearing large male or female cones. Cycads were abundant during the Triassic and Jurassic eras, but have since been in decline.




palm1
pä(l)m/
noun
  1. an unbranched evergreen tree with a crown of long feathered or fan-shaped leaves, and typically having old leaf scars forming a regular pattern on the trunk. Palms grow in warm regions, especially the tropics.
    • a leaf of a palm tree awarded as a prize or viewed as a symbol of victory or triumph.



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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Did you know?? FUN PALM FACTS FROM THE GREGORY PALM FARMS

The quintessential image of a tropical paradise, the palm tree is much more significant than you might think. At the sight of a palm tree, most people imagine a sunny beach setting — but these sturdy plants can also grow in a variety of other environments. Here are 10 things you may not have known about these tropical beauties: 
1. There are over 2,500 species of palm trees. The Arecaceae family of plants includes wonderfully diverse species found throughout the world, from the desert to the rainforest.  
Torbay Palm2. Not all palm trees are "trees," and not all plants called "palms" are truly palms. These evergreen plants can grow in the form of shrubs, trees or long, woody vines called lianas. Plants like the yucca palm, Torbay palm (pictured right), sago palm and traveler's palm are not part of the Arecaceae family. 
3. Palm trees have two different types of leaves: palmate and pinnate. Palmate leaves, like hands, grow in a bunch at the end of a stem. Pinnate leaves are like feathers, growing all along either side of a stem. 
4. Palm trees are important religious symbols.  In the Bible, the people of Jerusalem greeted a triumphant Jesus just one week before his death and resurrection, a tradition now known and celebrated as Palm Sunday the week before Easter. Palms are mentioned dozens of times in both the Bible and the Quran. In Judaism, palms represent peace and plenty. 
5. Lots of staples come from palm trees. Coconuts are an obvious product of palm trees, but did you know that dates, betel nuts and acai fruit all come from palm trees as well? Palm oil, as its name indicates, also comes from the fruit of the oil palm tree. 
6. Palms grow best in USDA Zones 8-10. You don't have to live in Florida or California to use large palm trees in your landscaping. 
Ceroxylon
The Ceroxylon quindiuense, or Quindio wax palm, towers over the Cocora Valley in Colombia. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
7. The tallest palm tree can grow up to 197 feet tall! The Quindio wax palm (seen above), Colombia's national tree, is the tallest-growing species of palm. 
8. The coco de mer palm tree has the largest seeds of any plant on Earth. The seeds can be as large as 20 inches in diameter and as heavy as 66 pounds! 
9. Palm trees have a history with humans as old as the first societies. Archeological finds have shown that the date palm was commonly used in Mesopotamian society, for food and other purposes. Romans gave palm branches as a symbol of triumph to the triumphant champions of games and wars. 
Last tree10. Have you ever heard of palm wine? Yeah! Also called "kallu," palm wine is a common alcoholic spirit in regions of Asia and Africa. It can be created from coconut palms, date palms, the Chilean wine palm, and other species. 
Though many species of palms are sturdy and plentiful, as many as 100 species are endangered due to deforestation and unsustainable cultivation practices, such as for the heart of palm, which comes from a part of the tree that cannot be regrown. The rarest palm tree is the Hyophorbe amaricaulis; the only one left currently lives at the Botanic Gardens of Curepipe in Mauritius (pictured right). 


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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Palm of The Week

Chinese Fan Palm aka Livistonia Chinensis


The Chinese Fan Palm is much-loved palm that has been popular since Victorian times and makes a superb potted palm for the home or terrace. In warmer climates and over a period of years, it grows into a handsome, medium-sized tree with a slender trunk.

Chinese Fan Palm Characteristics
Stem/TrunkSingle stem solitary brown trunk that bleaches to gray on older specimens.
ExposureLikes direct sun and bright situations. Young plants look better when grown in part shade.
SoilWell drained soil
WaterThis palm forms a long tap root and can survive extended periods of drought. Provide adequate moisture for more rapid growth.
Growth RateRapid Growth when well watered - 15'-25' height

Monday, February 9, 2015

Massive Canary Removal

 These two beauties found themselves a new home today! 


WOW!! Look at that rootball!


That's one big crane for one huge tree


What a beauty!


Can't wait to see its new home!

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Palm Scape Transformation

Not only do we sell the highest quality trees but we also landscape! Check out these before and after photos of a complete landscape makeover.


       Before                                                 After





Way to make a statement! 

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Palm of the Week - PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA DATE PALM FROM THE GREGORY PALM FARMS

Phoenix Dactylifera aka Date Palm


Date Palms are probably the second most well-known palm after the coconut , this palm produces dates. However, despite this palm being extremely adaptable to differing growing conditions, from hot, dry deserts, to wet tropics, and thru to cold-temperate regions, it will only produce dates in the hot, dry climates. It is also very salt-tolerant, making it good for coastal planting.

Date Palm Characteristics
Stem/TrunkThe broad gray trunk is patterned with leaf diamonds and is up to 16 inches in diameter.
ExposureBright sun
SoilNot particular about soil and will even grow in poor soils.
WaterAlthough a drought resistant desert plant, the date palm has deep roots that typically seek out subterranean water sources. Provide regular irrigation for best look and faster growth
Growth RateSlow growing reaching heights of 100 ft, may take 15 years to attain 10ft
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Monday, February 2, 2015