Windmill palm

(trachycarpus fortunei)

Growing zone 7-10

hardy to 10*F

1. Planting: If you plan to plant your windmill in the ground windmills grow best in shade or partial shade and are tolerant of a variety of soil types. If you plant to leave it in a pot just increase the pot size by 2 inches each time you repot to accommodate new growth.

If growing outdoors make sure you give the palm well-draining soil and adequate space above to grow.

2. Watering: It is important to maintain a routine water schedule as they do like fertile well-draining soil. If you're not sure when to water, simply check the soil about 2 inches down. If the soil is dry here, it's time to water.

3. Pruning: Cut at the base (close to tree) fronds as that turn yellow or brown. This improves the look of your plant and creates clean space for healthier green fronds to grow. *Good rule is don't cut green fronds and don't trim past a 9-3 line on a clock.

4. Fertilizing: You can apply palm fertilizers that contain specific nutrients best suited for palms. If you prefer, you can also use a balanced fertilizer, such as an 8-8-8 formula, for quicker growth in spring and summer.