Most palms like to be well drained and therefore site selection is very important. Dig
your hole 3 times larger for smaller palms and 2 times larger for larger balls. This will help loosen the soil so the roots
can more easily penetrate the existing soil. Plant the palm so the top of the palm is at the same level as it was growing.
Use a hose to wash your palm and push the hose along the root ball to make sure you get rid of all air pockets.
Palms like to be planted when it is hot outside so it is important to water your palm daily or every other
day for the first two weeks. Over the next few months you can taper off the watering to twice a week and after established
it can survive on your normal watering plan, making sure in times of low rainfall the soil does not dry out completely. Palms
especially bothered by wet feet once established are the European Fan palm and the Windmill palm.
Palms like a fertilizer with a 3-1-3 ratio with minor elements such as magnesium, manganese, and iron. A soil
sample is a good practice to determine what your soil might be lacking. Soil samples can be done for a small price at your
local Cooperative Extension office. Here in South Carolina it is done by Clemson University. Palms like a pH that is
slightly acidic normally around 6-6.5.
The bamboo is pretty much pest free. The only pest issue normally
for palms is scale. These are small white specs that form on the leaves and horticulture oil will eliminate this problem.
Horticulture oil should not be used when the temperatures are going to be above 90 degrees.