How do you start a new windmill palm? Do they grow from seed?
They do grow from seed. You will need to assist the seed in germinating by soaking them in water for a few days, changing the water daily to avoid any fungal growth. Here is an article on assisted germination;
Can you transplant the palm and when?
Windmill Palms can be transplanted any time of year but they will have fewer problems if moved in spring or summer.
Dig out the new hole at least 1 to 2 feet larger then the root ball.
Plant the palm to the top of the root ball, important to not plant to deep.
Keep the palm soil damp but not to wet.
We have just moved into our house and have a fairly large Windmill Palm which is too close to the house and blocks the light. Can we move it? How big is the root ball? We like it, but not where it is, so any advice would be much appreciated. We will remove the ivy very soon! Yours sincerely, Martin
Yes, almost any palm tree species can be transplanted successfully even when it's mature. This article explains how to do it:
I am not sure how big the Windmill Palm root ball is, but assuming 3 feet across by 3 feet down is a safe size for almost any palm. As explained in the article, the root balls for some palms are 2 to 3 feet, while others are significantly smaller.
I have a windmill palm that is fairly young. I purchased it last April. It did very well all spring and summer. I brought it home with me from the Jersey Shore to a suburb of Philadelphia. I have kept in my house for the winter. The problem is the fronds are turning brown and dying. What am I doing wrong?
Give your Windmill Palm as much sun as possible. If you don't have a good window location, you may need to use a grow light.
Brown leaf tips can be caused by sporadic watering, low humidity, build up of chemicals from tap water, and fertilizers.
It is a good idea to water palms with distilled water or even rain water. If necessary, let the tap water set out at least 48 hours before using.
You can flush the soil by running distilled water through the soil until it runs through the soil. Repeat this process several times and remove excess water from the drainage tray.
The soil should be moist from spring through summer, but barely moist in fall and winter.
Mist regularly while indoors for the winter.
A good average room temperature is 65 to 75 degrees F. Windmill Palm actually can tolerate a cooler indoor temp.
Fertilizer only in spring in summer. An application of a slow-release fertilizer, a rose fertilizer works well for this palm as it has the micro-nutrients needed.
Are the yellow seeds poisonous?
ASPCA lists Windmill Palm as non toxic to cats and dogs.
I would advise checking with your vet.
If you are worried about human toxicity, I would call the Poison Control Dept. or check with your local hospital.
My Windmill Palm Flowered for the first time in 10 years. It is June in Washington State and the yellow seeds are dropping off. When the seeds are all gone , do I cut the flowers back or do I just let them go?
You can do either one. Remove the stem close to the palm but avoid injury to the trunk.
Our 18 yr.old palm tree is starting to shed it's hair, we never had this with any of our other 5 palm trees, do you have any idea why this is happening??
The shedding of the 'boot' happens at different ages of the palm.
This link has more information.