Overwinter Fan Palm - How to survive the cold season

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Fan palms come from warmer regions and are not used to cold temperatures. That's why you have to protect them well in winter. Otherwise they will not survive him.

Fan palms tolerate no cold

Fan palms provide South Sea feeling in the house and garden. When you see them, you automatically get longing for the sun, the beach and the sea. In order to keep it that way, you have to overwinter the fan palm properly, which in turn is not rocket science. After all, the plant can certainly be planted in the garden (notes here) and survives quite mild winter unscathed. Nevertheless, you have to pay a little attention so that you can enjoy new growth in the spring.

Winter fan palm in the interior

Keep your fan palm in the house or put it only on the balcony or the terrace during the warm months, you do not need to pay much attention to during the winter.

How to do it right:

It's enough if you bring the fan palm into the house in autumn and set it up in a bright location. It is only important that you start with the care of the plant before the resting phase. This means that you carefully remove kinked, dead and dried leaves and check that the fan palm does not need to be planted in a larger container.

During the winter months, be aware that the palm needs less water. But beware: The earth must not dry out completely. Always check that the soil below the top layer still has moisture.

Hibernate fan palm outside

One thing in advance:

The fan palm can be planted in the garden or kept outside in the bucket. However, this year-round location is only suitable for regions in which the winters are quite mild and the night temperatures do not fall at all or rarely fall below minus 8 degrees Celsius. If you live in clear winter regions and you know that the likelihood of icy nights and days is high, you should plant the palm tree so that you can bring it to the house in winter.

When wintering, the protection of the plant is always in the first place. Especially the young fan palms or palms that you have recently set free could not develop their roots so that they penetrate into the deep earth regions. Such fan palms die off in winter, unless they receive additional protection. The same applies to potted plants. The soil completely freezes in the bucket and offers the palm no protection.

How to do it right:

Styrofoam protects the fan palm from cold temperatures. If the plant is in a bucket, it is advisable to place the bucket on several styrofoam plates. It is even better to build a substructure of wooden planks and polystyrene so that the distance to the ground is as large as possible. You can also work with insulating foil around the bucket.

If possible, protect the stem of the fan palm with mulch. Since the fan palm needs less light in winter, you should also protect it from the cold with a plant bag. The bag must be airy so that it does not form any moisture on warmer days. So now carefully tie a rope around the trunk to keep the palm fronds upright. Make sure that the palm fronds are pulled upwards - just like you know it from wrapped Christmas trees. Now put the protective bag over the trunk, do not break off the palm fronds.

Our tip:

Despite the winter resistance of fan palms we recommend you to put the trees into the house during the winter months. In fact, only old, well-matured and large fan palms are truly hardy because they already have sufficiently widespread roots.

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