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How are palm trees delivered?

There are three possible options:

  • Semi Truck (the most common)
  • Local/In-house
  • Do it yourself

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How do you plant a palm tree?

Most of the palms we sell weigh well over 1,000 pounds. For this reason, we never recommend you install a palm yourself. If you need help selecting a landscape contractor, download our guide here.

How do you measure a palm tree?
To measure a palm tree, which ultimately determines the palm tree’s price, Desert Empire Palms, along with many other palm tree nurseries, uses a crain surveyers rod. This rod is essentially a long pole with units of the english measurement system, feet and inches. Each measurment starts from the base of the tree, and ends where the last of the visible brown trunk ends. (The crown of the palm tree is not included in the measurement.) The number of feet indicated on the rod determines the size of the tree. For every order placed with our company, an employee walks the field to find trees that fit that exact order.
What is the best climate for Palm Trees?
Before a customer considers purchasing palm trees, it is very important to understand the climate that the trees are suited for and will ultimately survive in.
This understanding is the first step that we consider imparitive for all of our customers. Palm Trees are known for their tollerance to heat, as well as drought. All Palm varieties supplied by Desert Empire Palms are well adapted to living in the southern United States, where the temperature remains warm year round.

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How often should I water my Palm Trees?
We recommend deep water irrigation for all palm trees. This method involves placing bubblers inside of hollow tubes that are buried near the tree. This allows water to be delivered directly to the roots of the tree and prevents evaporation. Palm Trees thrive when watered in this fashion.
For trees planted in a lawn or other areas regularly watered by traditional sprinklers, this may not be necessary. Our installation team can determine the best method of irrigation based upon the moisture content of the soil when the hole is dug prior to planting. If the land has high clay content, less water is recommended.
When can I cut the ties around my palm fronds?
Tying the fronds together makes it easy to work with the palm tree and protects the heart of the tree from sun when it is most vulnerable, after a transplant. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend keeping the fronds tied for two months. They can be untied sooner if the palm tree shows signs of good health. The health of recently transplanted palm trees is indicated by the growth of new fronds from the center. If the center fronds begin to grow taller than the ones on the outside of the tied bundle, then you can cut them free, as this is a sign that the roots are taking to the new soil and the tree is not in shock from the move.
How are palm trees removed from the nursery?
Watch our video of a tree spade as it digs a Mexican Fan Palm for transplant at our Desert Empire Palms nursery.

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How do you price your palms?
Palm trees are measured and sold per foot (trunk foot) and breed.
Per foot is the standard established by The American Nursery Standard Institute. The palm tree industry measures palms based off of the brown-trunk-height.
The price per foot is different for every breed of palm tree, but the most expensive and saught after tree is the Medjool Date Palm. This tree produces a delicious fruit and is debatably the most aesthetic palm tree. The Deglet Noor is the second most valuable tree. This tree produces fruit that is used in major food production operations. The California Filifera is the third most valuable palm tree. This tree is a very slow growing palm tree with a very large trunk base. The cheapest palm tree for sale at Desert Empire Palms is the Mexican Fan Palm. This palm tree grows relatively fast and has a thin trunk base.
Do you palm trees come in a box?
Only our shoots come in boxes. No large palms come with boxes. Instead, they are sent with an approximately 3x3x3 square cut, plastic wrapped root ball.