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Fan palms come from warmer regions and are not used to cold temperatures. You must therefore protect them well in winter. Otherwise they will not survive it.Fan palms do not tolerate cold
Fan palms provide a South Sea feeling in the house and garden. When you see them, you automatically long for the sun, the beach and the sea. To keep it that way, you have to spend the winter right over the fan palm, which in turn is not rocket science. After all, the crop can be planted in the garden (notes here) and survives quite mild winters undamaged. However, you have to pay a little attention so that you can enjoy new growth in spring.
Winter fan palm in the interior
If you keep your fan palm in the house or only place it on the balcony or terrace during the warm months, you do not need to pay much attention during the winter.
How to do it right:
It is enough if you bring the fan palm into the house in autumn and place it there in a bright location. It is only important that you start caring for the plant before the rest phase. This means that you carefully remove the kinked, dead and dried leaves and check whether the fan palm does not need to be planted in a larger container.
During the winter months, you must then note that the palm requires less water. But be careful: The earth must not dry out completely now. Therefore, always check whether the soil below the top layer still has moisture.
Winter fan palm outside
First of all:
You can plant the fan palm in the garden or keep it outside in the tub. However, this year-round location is only suitable for regions in which the winters are quite mild and the night temperatures do not or only rarely drop below minus 8 degrees Celsius. Live in clear winter regions and know that the chances of icy nights and days are high, you should plant the palm tree so that you can bring it indoors in winter.
In winter, the protection of the plant always comes first. Especially the young fan palms or palm trees that you have only recently placed outdoors have not yet been able to develop their roots in such a way that they penetrate deep into the earth. Such fan palms die in winter unless they receive additional protection. The same applies to container plants. The soil freezes completely in the bucket and offers no protection to the palm.
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 polystyrene plates. It is even better to build a substructure from wooden planks and polystyrene so that the distance from the floor is as large as possible. You can also work with insulation film around the bucket.
If possible, protect the trunk 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 planting bag. The sack must be airy so that no moisture forms on the inside on warmer days. So carefully tie a rope around the trunk to hold the palm fronds upright. Make sure that the palm fronds are pulled up - similar to what you know from wrapped Christmas trees. If you now put the protective bag over the trunk, the palm fronds do not break off.
Despite the winter resistance of fan palms, we recommend placing the trees in the house during the winter months. Only really old, well-developed and large fan palms are really hardy because they already have sufficiently widespread roots.