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Advice needed: outdoor palm trees

Dear Forum users,

I need a piece of advice from experienced gardeners. We moved into a house with a small garden and three small palm trees (some type of fan palm). In the end of October, we tied the branches of the palm trees together, bound some bubble wrap around the stems and put a plastic tent around them. Now, the palm trees look dead - all the branches are dry and brown.

Question: is there any chance that they will recover? Can we hope that the new branches will grow if we cut all the old branches off?

Any advice is welcome. Thank you!
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Re: Advice needed: outdoor palm trees

They may come back to life when the warmer weather arrives however there is a good chance that the cold spell in Febraury killed them fully. Remember they are palm trees which are normally found in tropical locations not countries where the winter temperature reached -20C.

Give them time as even plants designed for winter had a tough time this year so they may recover but I would not be surprised if they don't.
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Re: Advice needed: outdoor palm trees

well-established palms will last, smaller one might suffer. Are they in pots or in the ground? More chance in the ground.....
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Re: Advice needed: outdoor palm trees

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Dear Forum users,

In the end of October, we tied the branches of the palm trees together, bound some bubble wrap around the stems and put a plastic tent around them. Now, the palm trees look dead - all the branches are dry and brown.
I think you may have suffocated the palms, the guides I've seen say not to wrap in plastic but use burlap or fleece. When I lived in California we sometimes had to wrap the sego palms in burlap when a frost was coming, but we would take it off after it passed

If the roots didn't die there's a chance they can come back

http://www.gardenguides.com/97533-wi...alm-trees.html
http://www.bigplantnursery.co.uk/palmswinterprote.html
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Re: Advice needed: outdoor palm trees

Many thanks for the support and advice. I think as well we suffocated them as did not have a chance to open the tent during the last couple of warm and sunny days. I really hope they come back to life!
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