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Caring for Trachycarpus fortunei: from watering to fertilising

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Caring for Trachycarpus fortunei: from watering to fertilising

Are you a proud owner of a Trachycarpus fortunei, also known as the Chinese windmill palm? This beautiful palm species is a beloved species due to their hardiness and ornamental appearance. To ensure a good health for your Trachycarpus fortunei, it is important to provide the right care. In this article, we will share tips and guidelines for caring for a Trachycarpus fortunei. Read all about the care, from watering to fertilising your palm tree.


Watering Trachycarpus fortunei is important for its survival and growth. Generally, this palm species needs additional water, particularly during warm, dry summers. Keep the soil humid, but avoid overwatering, as overwatering may cause root rot. Check the top layer of the soil and provide water where necessary. You can lower the amount of water given during winter. Vary the amount of water given based on the needs of your palm and the weather circumstances.

Soil and drainage

Trachycarpus fortunei thrives in well drained soil. Keep the soil around the roots particularly well drained to avoid water damage. A mix of organic materials, such as compost or peat, mixed with sand, can increase the drainage. Palm potting soil is a great alternative as well. This ensures enough oxygen for the roots and prevents stagnant water.

Sunlight and temperature

Trachycarpus fortunei loves sunlight, but can also thrive in partial shade. Keep it in a location where it receives sufficient sunlight. Regarding temperature, this palm tree can withstand severe and prolonged periods of frost. We do recommend protecting the palm during longer periods of frost, however, by using winter protection or by moving a palm to a sheltered location. An adult palm, that has been planted multiple years ago, will be able to withstand a lot.


To keep a Trachycarpus fortunei healthy and to boost growth, fertilising is important. Use a balanced palm fertilizer and always follow the dosage on the packaging. Dosage can vary per fertilizer, but generally speaking, palms require more during Spring and Summer. Once per 4 weeks is often sufficient. Avoid overfertilizing, as this can cause problems to your palm. Always stick to the recommended dosage.

Pruning and maintenance

Trachycarpus fortunei generally requires very little pruning. Remove dead or damaged leaves to increase the health of your palm. Use sharp and clean pruning tools to avoid complications. It is possible for a Trachycarpus fortunei to get damaged leaves in winter, especially with younger plants, You can simply remove damaged parts at the end of winter.

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We hope that these tips and guidelines can help you with caring for your Trachycarpus fortunei. If you still have questions or need advice, do not hesitate to contact our team. We are always happy to help you with caring for your palm tree!

  MyPalmShop     09-01-2024 10:52