CONTAINER PRODUCTION OF PALMS

Alan W. Meerow
Container grown palms are raised for essentially three markets: liners for field production; mass market retail sales for residential landscapes; and interior specimens, both mass market houseplants and interiorscape use. There are basically four production regimes for growing palms in containers each with their associated markets: containerized sun-grown; containerized, full sun grown, shade acclimated; containerized, shade grown; and containerized field grown specimens. A container medium for palms should be slow to breakdown with percent air space of 10–15% and a water-holding capacity of 30–40% by volume. Tropical palms grow most productively at temperatures between 24 and 35°C. Growth of many species may slow considerably below 18°C. Production times vary widely depending on the species and the finished size, from 1.5 years for fast growing species in 11.5 1 containers to 5 or more years for a slow-growing species in a 26.5 1 container.
Meerow, Alan W. (1994). CONTAINER PRODUCTION OF PALMS. Acta Hortic. 360, 173-180
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1994.360.22
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1994.360.22
nursery, shadehouses, greenhouses, interiorscape, tropical plants, horticulture

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