Hemp palms have long not only adorned your own four walls. The hardy plant also thrives in the garden. Provided the environment meets their needs.Hemp palms also thrive outdoors, lying on a sun lounger under palm trees and hearing the sound of the sea - you feel like you're on vacation right? You can also experience the holiday feeling in your own garden. Admittedly, the sound of the sea may not be so easy, but the palms make up for it.
The hemp palm, which comes from Asia, has now become a popular ornament in home gardens. But they don't just thrive in rooms or tubs, larger specimens can also be planted in the garden. The palm is very hardy, but grows and thrives particularly well under certain conditions.
Location and soil for the hemp palm in the garden
For healthy growth, the hemp palm needs direct sunlight for several hours a day. So make sure you have a sunny and sheltered location. A planting place in front of a house wall is also good - with sufficient distance, because the palm can be quite large and spreading. If the space is too dark, the palm grows very slowly. The fan-shaped leaves also grow only slightly when the sun is not enough.
Young hemp palms feel good in slightly acidic soil. A mixture of normal garden soil, peat and compost is ideal. Prepare the planting hole generously, think of enough space in depth and width so that the root ball is not crushed. If the soil mix is too loose, mix in additional clayey garden soil. With older hemp palms, normal garden soil is sufficient.
Moving from the bucket to the field
Hemp palms are always repotted or planted out in spring. The palm no longer grows properly in autumn.
Location and earth fit? Then you can start! Take the palm out of the bucket and water the root ball thoroughly. Then insert the plant and pour the planting hole loosely with the excavated soil.
Water and fertilizer: the food of the hemp palm
The palm is in the process of getting used to in the first few weeks after being planted in the garden. All you need now is rest and water, fertilizer is not necessary. In contrast to many other types of palm, you can water freely in spring, summer and autumn - the hemp palm tolerates a lot of lime-free water, but no waterlogging.
When the top layer of earth has dried out, it is time for a watering. In free-range farming, the hemp palm gets everything it needs with rainwater. In the winter months, the palm is usually not watered outdoors. However, if the temperature is very mild, which is becoming increasingly common, you can occasionally water in winter.
Fertilizer is only used when new leaf shoots appear. Then fertilize every two to four weeks. A nitrogenous fertilizer (e.g. available here) is optimal. With well-grown hemp palms, you can also spread slow release fertilizers in April and June.
The right winter protection
So that your hemp palm is not damaged in winter, it is important to protect it from the freezing temperatures. To do this, give an insulating mulch protection around the planting area and cover the lower part of the trunk with straw and jute or pimpled film.