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Trachycarpus fortunei

JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
Hi all,

Ive got a bit of a quandary with this plant - another gift from my zealous mother.  It’s taken me years to find a suitable home for the cherry tree she guerilla gardened in while I was away on holiday, now I’ve had this palm in a pot over winter and I think it will work in the south corner where we get afternoon and evening sun.

Given it’s spiky leaves I’m wanting to put it slightly out of the way and against a fence, and although the soil is richest there, this end of the garden does get pretty wet in winter.

It could also provide some screening as the neighbours have just cut down a massive evergreen that died last summer...but how quickly do they grow?

Cheers all.


  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    According to Hayloft about 30cm a year but as with all plants I expect it's slow to start with while it's settling in. Don't lije windy conditions evidently.
    Love your Mother though, so much nicer than socks or hankies!
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    Yeah okay, so not going to help this decade.  The corner/fence should give some shelter, but we get sustained cold winds like the rest of SE England.  

    I think there’s one a few doors down about 4-5m high, so I can’t go too far wrong.  I’ll stick it in the ground and see if I’m still here in ten years :)
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,245
    I have to admit they're hard to place. I bought one three or four years ago (price reduction impulse buy) and still not sure whether I actually like it. It has grown very little, but it's in a pot and not very well treated tbh.
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