I live 40 miles north of Atlanta and have several windmill Palm issues/questions. I planted it in August of last year and it did well until a few weeks ago. We had a wet winter and 1 8 inch snow. The tree came through snow but a few weeks ago the middle leaves starting dying and turning brown. Outer limbs and leafs look good. Questions below 1. Do I trim these middle limbs off? 2. I planted tree 3 feet from swimming pool. Will tree shed leaves and stuff in pool? 3. It is now middle March. If it will drop stuff in pool should I try to transplant now? The temps are in 40’s at night and near 70 in days. I have attached pics Thanks Ron
Windmill Palm Issue
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I think now will be the best time to transplant. They will, definitely, shed leaves into your pool. I think a few things are happening here. It seems to be, mostly, frost damage, but magnesium deficiency seems likely as well!
I would recommend dolomitic lime, and wettable sulfur. These will help supplement magnesium, calcium, sulfur, carbon, and oxygen back into the soil. It will also kill off any infection that could be starting.
You can go ahead and cut off any dead fronds, but leave the living growth alone.
This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/windmill-palm/growing-windmill-palms.htm
Thanks for the info. How often should I apply the lime and sulfur? What type of fertilizer do I use for the windmill Palm near Atlanta and when to apply?