What do I need?
• A deep pot or planter with holes in the bottom
• Pot shards or pebbles
• Potting soil
How do I plant the Chinese Windmill Palm in a pot?
The Trachycarpus fortunei is a brilliant container plant. This palm tree grows well in a large and especially deep flowerpot or planter. But there must be holes in the bottom of the pot or planter. Cover the bottom with pot shards or a layer of clay pebbles. Add potting soil to the pot and place the root ball of Trachycarpus fortunei at the correct height. Fill it up with potting soil and press firmly. Give the Windmill Palm plenty of water immediately after planting. Place the pot in a sheltered area, yet in the sun. A patio or balcony facing west or south is ideal.
The Chinese Windmill Palm in outdoor soil
The Trachycarpus fortunei does very well outdoors and can stay in the same spot for many years. Choose a sheltered spot in the garden for this strong palm, preferably in full sun. Create a spacious hole for planting and till the soil well. Place the root ball of the Windmill Palm at the correct height in the planting hole. The top side of the root ball should be just below ground level. Fill the planting hole up with soil, press it down firmly and water immediately. The Chinese Windmill Palm looks beautiful near a pond, in a rock garden or border, or combined with other exotic plants.
Chinese Windmill Palm - PlantTrachycarpus fortunei
Tropical palm tree (winter hardy)
The Chinese Windmill Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) gives every garden a tropical touch. The trunk of the palm tree is covered with jute-like fibers, from which spectacular fan-shaped leaves grow. What is so special about this Chinese Windmill Palm is that the adult palm is fairly hardy. If planted in the garden, this palm tree can withstand temperatures of up to -18°C. Plant the Chinese Windmill Palm in a deep pot or planter for balcony or terrace.Show more
Show moreWhat do I need?
• Plant nutrients
• Cow manure pellets
How do I take care of the Chinese Windmill Palm in?
The Chinese Windmill Palm is a strong palm that is very easy to grow. Water the Chinese Windmill Palm on a regular basis, as the root ball must not dry out. For good growth in the summer, add plant nutrients to the irrigation water each month. Give cow manure pellets in early spring. Is the palm growing too big? If so, transfer the palm tree to a larger pot, using fresh potting soil.
Is the palm tree outdoors? Make sure that the soil does not dry out. Fertilise the palm in the spring.How do I care for the Trachycarpus fortunei in winter?
The Chinese Windmill Palm is quite winter hardy. Is the palm tree outdoors? This palm tree can withstand temperatures of up to -18°C, sometimes even -25°C. Is it getting even colder? You can temporarily wrap the palm tree with a reed mat or fleece cloth. This way, the plant can remain outside. Shake any fallen snow off the leaves.
Is the Windmill Palm located on a balcony and in a pot? If so, you should bring the Windmill Palm inside if it frosts. Is this not possible? If not, wrap the plant with a reed mat or fleece cloth. Young plants are less winter hardy. It is best to always protect them from frost.
Show moreThis evergreen palm from southern China has large fan-shaped leaves. Over the years, the trunk of the tree becomes more and more covered in brown rope-like fibres. In China, these fibres are used to make many products – carpets for instance. After a number of years, Trachycarpus fortune can eventually flower with hanging clusters of small beautiful yellow flowers.