Transplanting Specimen Palms: A Review of Common Practices and Research-based Information

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  • 1 Botany and Plant Sciences Department, University of California-Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521.
  • 2 4800 Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 91022.
  • 3 669 County Square Dr., #100, Ventura, CA 93003.

Successful reestablishment of transplanted palms [members of the Arecaceae (Palmae)] depends on rapid regeneration of roots, avoiding injury and desiccation of the trees during transit and handling, and maintaining sufficient soil moisture around the root balls after transplanting. Since landscape contractors and nurserymen spend considerable resources and labor transplanting specimen palms, understanding the seasonality of palm root growth, how palm roots respond when trees are dug, and the effects of canopy manipulation during transplanting will enable them to adopt effective and rational transplanting practices. This manuscript provides a review of research findings that can be applied to maximize reestablishment of transplanted specimen palms.

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