We inherited this palm from my elderly mum but it hasnt really grown much over the last four years and the ends of the branches have always turned brown. We live in south devon and since the cold weather noticed the leaves turning yellow It is established as proved impossible to dig up and noticed some new growth in the middle. What sort of palm is it, should it be covered through the winter and should we feed it? Regards Kathy and Alan
This appears to be a small Bismarck Palm. If it gets even close to freezing in your area, then it will not survive. These are very sensitive to the cold. You best option will be to dig it up and re-pot, any way that you can.
This article will give you more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/bismarck-palm/growing-bismarck-palms.htm
We live on the boarder of NSW and Queensland, Australia. So can you please tell us whether the wind can uproot a "Bismark palm" and bring it down? Its about 15 years old and 9- 10 meters, or 25 feet high. Thanks, Maria
It certainly can! Unfortunately, this can happen if broad open areas that experience quite a bit of wind. This article will give you an idea of what to expect when growing these:
I live in New Orleans. We had about 24 hours of below freezing temps about 4 weeks ago. My 15ft bismarckia palm is now looking dead. How do I know if it is dead? Will it recover? Should I prune ?
There is a chance that it will recover. The only thing that you can do is wait for now. Do not trim the fronds until you are certain that there is new growth. Once you see the growth begin, then you can trim a few fronds off per day.
Does a Bismarck Palm tree drop many leaves after it is well established?
This is not normal, and is a sign or stress or cold damage. This article will help you to narrow down the culprits: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/palms-trees/palm-tree-dropping-fronds.htm
Planting a bismark palm. How often and how much water is required?
This article has some good tips on water your palm:
IS THERE A WAY TO PRUNE THE FONTS [?], TO CONTROL THE HEIGHT / TO KEEP IT CLOSER TO THE GROUND?
Unfortunately, there is little that you can do to control the height. If you were to cut off the top, it would likely kill the palm. This article will give you more information about the care of these trees: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/bismarck-palm/growing-bismarck-palms.htm
The hole was bigger than a golf ball & had water in it. Do those red Blossom shoots leave a hole in the tree trunk. I just started last summer getting those red shoots with a little white flowers
The drainage and darkening around the hole is concerning.
This could be caused by an animal; bird or my concern is a disease issue or possible palmetto weevils.
You may want to have your Palm checked by a qualified Palm Arborist.