Windmill Palms
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Transplanting a mature windmill palm

Zone OX14 1QP | Martin Buckland added on December 16, 2016 | Answered

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

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Alisma
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Answered on December 16, 2016

Yes, almost any palm tree species can be transplanted successfully even when it's mature. This article explains how to do it:
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep001

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.

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