Wholesale Palm Trees Washington DC
Palm trees are all around in Florida, Palmco’s home state.
They can be seen in almost any direction – along our beaches, and in front of our stores.
But they are not exclusive to Florida. Palmco offers many cold-hardy palms to landscape architects, landscapers and other wholesale buyers that will grow well in Washington DC.
Palmco, located in the community of Bokeelia on Pine Island, Florida, has 600+ acres of palm trees and clumping bamboo in production. Our long growing season allows tropical palms to develop to their most beautiful potential.
Aside from palms and bamboo, we can source almost anything, from rare wholesale magnolias and live oaks to shady ladies, sea grapes, and other quality plants.
The Climate Of The Washington DC
The nation’s capitol has a climate in the USDA Zone 7A-7B range.
With cold winters, a lot of snow and occasional blizzards, it can be challenging to grow palm trees. It will be important to create a microclimate and provide winter protection for your palms.
The Windmill Palm is one of the most cold-hardy palms and can withstand temperatures as low as 5°F.
Trachycarpus fortune is a slow grower at only about 1 foot per year. Although they can reach heights up to 40 feet tall, most top out at 25 feet with a frond spread up to 10 feet. It has palmate, sword-like leaves that are about 4-feet in diameter and grow upward.
The Windmill Palm is popular in states like Alaska, Delaware, Massachusetts and Maryland for its cold hardiness.
The European Fan or Mediterranean Fan Palm is a popular variety that will give an exotic look to your landscape.
Chamaerops humilis features fan-shaped leaves and produces small yellow flowers in the spring. It is wind-resistant and one the hardiest of all palms. Growing to only about 10 feet tall, it makes a stunning focal point in spaces of any size. It will tolerate cold temperatures down to 5°F.
If you purchase container-sized palm trees, they will most likely need to be transplanted in the ground in a couple of years. Here are some transplanting tips to ensure that your palms stay healthy and happy.
Transplanting a Palm Tree
Step by Step:
1. Timing. Palm trees typically go through rapid root growth in warm months; plan to transplant your palm before the warm weather starts.
2. Find the right spot. Some palms love full sun while others thrive in partial shade. Look for the perfect location, taking into consideration how tall the tree will eventually grow.
3. Acclimate it. If you plan to move the palm when you transplant it, move it in its container to the new spot for at least a week to avoid what is referred to as “transplant shock.”
4. Hole diameter. The hole should be two times the diameter of the container. Add a high quality transplant root stimulator to give the plant a good start.
5. Plant it. To avoid root rot, place the palm at the same depth it was growing at previously, add soil mix, and water it. Avoid further shock by leaving any old soil around the roots in place.
6. Water it. Each tree needs its own dedicated source of water; i.e., 2-3 gallon-per-minute bubblers placed on both sides of the root ball. Water deeply for 20 or 30 minutes and do it every other day for the first two weeks.
7. Untie it. Under dry, windy, hot or cold drought-like conditions, we recommend leaving the heads of most palms tied up for 2 to 4 weeks.
Turn your customer’s outdoor space into a tropical oasis with trees from one of the largest palm plantations in North America.
Contact us about wholesale palm trees that will grow well in Washington DC, or call (239) 283-1329 or (855) GOPALMCO to talk to an expert.