Palm Tree Information and Care
Palm trees are an icon of Southern California. They decorate the streets of famous cities like Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and Malibu. As well as in homes and buildings.
Most Palms are tropical, evergreen plants with lush, feather or fan-like leaves that grow well in grow well in warm climates. There many species. from perennial, evergreen shrubs, trees, vines, and more. The Palm is one of the most used families of plants.
Most palms live in the tropical forest and remind us of vacation. Create your own natural palm paradise desert ‘oasis.
Use Plant taller Palm tree species like Queen, King, Canary, and Fan Palms to create a tall canopy, and place shorter varieties like Pygmy Date Palms and Sago Palms around the tall Palm trees as part of the understory. Plant palm trees in an odd number and mass them to create a natural Mediterranean landscape. Or line them on the street, walk, or driveway for a grand entrance, avenue, or allée. Palms usually grow straight without branches. However, they can form double and triple multi-trunks.
Although only the California fan palm is native, many other species native to Queensland, Australia is very popular here and live up to 100 years.
An order of monocot, which means palms are related to grasses. Palm trees have long narrow leaves with a small surface area that can tolerate the full sun. Palms have fibrous roots that thrive with adequate water and survive in a drought. At the top of the trunk, their large evergreen leaves arranged in a spiral. Either “fan-leaved” or “feather-like.” Mature leaves have a tube-shaped sheath that opens on one side.
Palm Flowers, Fruits, and Seeds
Palm blossoms grow on a flowering stem called an inflorescence. This stem holds a vast amount of small, flowers. The flower is generally star-shaped, white color, each with three sepals and petals. The fruit of Palms is usually a seed enclosed by the flesh. Coconuts are seeds of large fruits of Coconut Palm trees.
History in Southern California
Plant Care Information
The basics of integrated pest management is cleanliness and the use of a combination of methods. This means we use an organic pesticide when the pest population reaches a threshold that requires action. Horticultural oils such as Neem oil is an organic pesticide that controls tiny, soft bodied insects. Use organic Bordeaux and Liqui-cop to manage fungus causing diseases such as powdery mildew, rust, and leaf-curls.
Keep a clean environment, free of weeds and dropped fruit that host insects or attract animals. Harvest when fruit reaches size and store indoors. Use repellants and bird netting to protect your harvest from other animals.