Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Today Heathcote Botanical Gardens of Fort Pierce Florida was hot. It was my first time back since Tropical Storm Fay hit us. Heathcote was not damaged to much, the grounds keeper J.D. was telling us what happened, there was minor flooding in certain areas, some trees went down but for the most part Fay cleaned up.

Today Brandan and I cleaned up some areas that were affected by Fay and we transplanted a Red Feather Palm Tree ( Chambeyronia macrocarpa ) that was originally planted in the sun. These Palm Trees are much more happy in the shade. Some other names for this Palm Tree are Houailou Red Leaf Palm,Blushing Palm Tree and the Flamethrower Palm Tree. This Palm does not get very tall, they grow to heights of about 6 feet. This one wasn't looking at it's best so we thought it would be best to move it. We have documented today's transplant and I will show you step-by-step how we did it.

Here is the name tag.

Here is a before picture of the Red Feather Palm Tree. As you can see it is directly in the sun.

I thought that it gave off a nice shadow.

Here is a closer look at the Palm Tree.

After we picked out a location to transplant the Palm Tree into, we dug a hole for it.

Then we filled the hole with water. This is an important step in transplanting, always fill the hole with water.

Then we went over to the Red Feather Palm and dug it out of the ground and transported it over to the water filled hole.

After we placed the Palm Tree in the hole, we added more water. Water is your friend when transplanting, use lots of it.

This is another view of the watering. While adding water we added dirt back into the hole. When adding dirt back into the hole you capture air bubbles which can cause your roots to dry out and damage your tree or even kill it. To prevent this from happening I use a piece of metal rod and stab it into the ground surrounding the tree. This action releases the air bubbles.

Then we finalized the project by mulching.

The following is a close up picture of the Red Feather Palm Tree fronds.

I hope you enjoyed this post. See you again next time.


Anonymous said...

Great tips on transplanting trees. This Red Feather Palm tree has gorgeous fronds. I'm sure it will be much happier now in it's new shadier location.

I likE plants! said...

Well done!

Anonymous said...

I just found your site. I have a tall red feather that IS in the direct sunlight, and I think its too big to move. It looks healthy, tho. I have a question. I have a couple of spike growing out of the side, one appears to have very small seeds, thge other hasn't openedyet. Can these be planted and grown. I'd love to have a lot more of these beautiful palms.

Anonymous said...

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Lets Plant said...

They may be seeds, tough to tell without a pic. You will know. Let them mature on the tree until they fall off naturally then plant them.

Lets Plant said...

Mike, There shouldn't be any spikes coming out of your palm as they are not clumpers. Unless it has seeded before and started that way. And it is worth a shot. I would transplant them into a pot for a while first so you can baby them and let them grow some strong roots before putting them into the ground.