Trees and Palms
Watering Your Plants
The success or failure of planting depends on whether the
plants receive adequate moisture.
Remember that all plants take months to develop roots and should be
watered frequently. Daily
watering for 4-6 weeks is recommended to establish such a good root
system. Do not rely on the rain to do the work for you. Once the plants are
established you can cut back your water to two-three times per week.
We recommend checking
with your local County Extension Service regarding water restrictions and regulations
in your area.
Watering Trees and Palms
Trees and palms need lots of water. After the installation of your
tree or palm, these instructions of care and maintenance will ensure
proper growth and good health of your new plant.
Fill the dirt ring with water, slowly, full to the top, but not
breaking the ring. This should be done twice daily for the first
four weeks, then once a day for the next four weeks. Then slowly
taper off to twice a week for the next six to eight months.
REMEMBER: RAIN DOESN'T COUNT AS WATERING!
Please water your tree or palm as instructed even if it rains. Newly
transplanted trees in Central Florida require 1.5 to 3 gallons of
water per inch of trunk diameter per watering. This water must be
applied so that it penetrates into the root soil ball. It does no
good if it runs around or off this ball. Tree establishment periods
for Florida are three months per inch of trunk diameter for most
trees. Slower growing trees will take longer, and larger trees will
require more time, i.e. a 6 inch diameter tree will require a
minimum of 30 months. The amount of care you give your tree will
always be directly related to the rate of its growth and its health.
The final step in planting is the addition of three to four inches
of mulch around the plants. Mulch keeps plants warm in winter and
cool during the summer months. It insulates the roots against
extremes of temperature, slows down evaporation of moisture from the
soil and helps to keep down weeds. Mulch also provides an attractive
appearance to your landscape.
After application, wet the mulch thoroughly, then pull it back a few
inches from the stem or trunk. This allows adequate air circulation
to the base of the plant and prevents rot.
All fertilizers contain nutrients that are essential to plant growth
and survival. When buying fertilizer read the labels and make your choice based on content and
desirability for your particular plants. There are fertilizers made
especially for acid-loving plants such as azaleas, gardenias and camelias; bloom boosters for flowering plants; palm tree food and
* Fertilize your plants trees and palms three to four times per
year between march and November.
* Always use a good quality fertilizer and remember you get what you
* Palms should be supplemented with manganese sulphate and magnesium
sulphate (epsom salt)
* Always water the night after fertilizing
||Malathion, Cygon, Diazinon, Orthene
||Cygon, Malathion, Diazinon,
||Malathion, Orthene, Cygon, Dipel
||Diazinon, Cygon, Malathion, Sevin
||Malathion, Cygon, Orthene, Diazinon
||Orthene, Diazinon, Sevin, Cygon
||Sevin, Diazinon, Thurcide
Spray three times at 5-7 day intervals for insect
and fungus control
Never spray during the heat of the day
Liquid Copper and Daconil are good general fungicides.
Remember a fungus is usually a round spot on the leaf
that burns through.
Have fun and happy gardening!!!
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