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Planting Palms: 
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.


Watering Palms:
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.


Fertilizing Palms:
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.


Planting Bamboo: 
Your bamboo will likely have a well established root system that might have to be loosened to make sure they do not circle the new hole. Your bamboo loves fertile soil so addition of 10%-15% composted manure will make your bamboo happy. Your bamboo would also like a well drained spot.  Use the hose to wash your bamboo just as recommended for the palms.


Watering Bamboo:
Your bamboo although it does not like constantly wet feet, it likes deep watering. As with the palms the first two weeks you should water everyday. Over the next two months you can back off watering to twice a week watching your bamboo for any sign of leaf curling. Curling leaves is a tell tale sign that it is beginning to dry out and would like to be watered. Once established your bamboo should get a good soaking making sure that the water gets to the lower roots for better growth.


Fertilizing Bamboo:
Your bamboo is a member of the grass family and therefore responds to fertilization.  Bamboo will begin to throw out new rhizomes in April and an application of 16-4-8 would be advisable. An application of 10-10-10 during the summer would be helpful too. Bamboo likes silica so an application of silica spray would be advisable. After established the bamboo will produce silica in its leaves and eventually the liquid silica will no longer be necessary. If you decide to thin or trim your bamboo the leaves should be distributed under the bamboo to allow the silica to be utilized by the bamboo.