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Q.Need some information on Pygmy Date Palm.

Zone Chesapeake Va. 23320 | Anonymous added on March 31, 2020 | Answered

I bought one last weekend and temperature dropped to 20 degrees at night. Monday, and now some of the leaves have browning — not bad but just trying to keep it healthy. It’s in a pot but was to big to bring indoors.

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Answered on April 2, 2020

You are in zone 8a, which gets down to 10-15 degrees F (-12 to -9 C.). The Pygmy Date Palm has been known to survive in USDA zone 9b (20 to 30 degrees F. or -6 to -1 C.) without significant frost protection. However, zone 10-11 is its preferred zone.

Since your zone gets below freezing, you will need to cover your fern when temps drop below 30 degrees F., unless you can get it on wheels and bring it inside.



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