Needle Palm Tree Rhapidophyllum hystrix
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Needle Palm Tree Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Most Cold-Tolerant Palm Tree
The Needle Palm Tree is known for its...
• Cold-hardiness (grows almost anywhere in the US!)
• Low maintenance
Add a Tropical Look to your Landscape.... No Matter Where You Live
Grows Almost Anywhere!
Needle Palms are highly versatile plants, thriving in either sun or shade, as well as in varying soil conditions. Once established, they're also quite drought tolerant.
The Needle Palm Tree is a Rare Plant
Between land development and very slow seed germination, this popular ornamental plant is becoming harder to find. This palm tree's ability to survive such a wide range of temperatures is incredible. Here you have a tropical plant that is reliably hardy to sub-freezing temperatures. It is a good choice for anywhere in the US.
One of the Most Unique Palm Trees You Can Find
The Needle Palm has deep green leaves on fan-like branches that grow out from the central base, producing a shrub-like shape. It even gives you compact yellow to purple flowers.
Easy to Grow & Pest Resistant
Needle Palms easily grow where other palm trees can't. If you live in the north and want a tropical landscape, this is the tree for you. These palms have excellent drought tolerance once established.
Makes an Exotic Privacy Hedge
Needle Palms are useful when planted as a hedge because their dense growth and needles deter many animals.
Great as Indoor Plants, Too!
Just pot them up in containers and they are a great addition to living rooms, kitchens... even patios! Make sure to place your container in a safe place as there are needle like spines that may hide at the base of the plant under the foliage.
For Quickest Growth, Start with a Robust Root System
We grow out our plants into much larger sizes. The result is a well-developed root system, and your palm tree will easily adapt to your climate and growing conditions. When your palm tree arrives from Brighter Blooms, we want you to be able to plant it and enjoy it right away.
Planting and Care
1. Planting: You don't have to immediately repot your plant - you'll only need to repot approximately every other year, once your Palm outgrows its shipped container or original pot. Increase the pot size by 2 inches each time you repot to accommodate new growth.
If growing outdoors make sure you give the palm well draining soil and adequate space above to grow.
Take care when repotting your plant as there are long and sharp needle like spines that grow under the foliage at the base of the plant. Feel free to cut any "needles" off with a pair of pruners.
2. Watering: Mist your Palm weekly if kept indoors in addition to regular watering – this ensures that its native humid climate is simulated in your home. If you're not sure when to water, simply check the soil about 2 inches down. If the soil is dry here, it's time to water.
FGT Tip: If fronds begin to yellow, it could be a sign of overwatering. If you see yellowed fronds, allow time for the soil to dry before watering your plant again. Browning fronds, however, mean that your Palm is not getting enough water and needs more. Using a well draining potting mix is key in getting this balance.
3. Pruning: Simply any fronds as they turn yellow or brown. This improves the look of your plant and creates clean space for healthier green fronds to grow.
4. Fertilizing: You can apply palm fertilizers that contain specific nutrients best suited for palms. If you prefer, you can also use a balanced fertilizer, such as an 8-8-8 formula, for quicker growth in spring and summer.
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship within 1-2 days. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Less than $100
Growing Zones: 7-10 outdoors
- Mature Height: 3-9 ft
- Mature Width: 6-8 ft
- Sunlight: Full to Partial Sun
- Spacing: 8-10 ft.
- Growth Rate: 1-2 ft.
- Does Not Ship To: AZ
Planting Care for the Needle Palm Tree
Plant your Needle Palm in an area that receives full-partial sun (4-6 hours of direct sunlight daily).
Water your Palm 2-3 times per week for the first month, then once a week for the remainder of the first year after planting. Keep the soil moist but well-drained, watering more in times of drought and less when there is rainfall.
If necessary, apply palm fertilizers that contain specific nutrients best suited for palms or a balanced fertilizer, such as an 8-8-8 formula, for quicker growth in spring and summer.