Sabal Minor Palm of average size of 6 pieces in vase Ø20cm
Ideal for them transplanted in pots to beautify your balcony or garden!
The Sabal minor is a small palm tree, of Central-North American origin; the adult specimens reach 180-250 cm in height. It has a short roundish stem, 40-120 cm tall, consisting of segments of the fallen leaves, green or brown-green. The fronds of this plant are green on the upper page, bluish green on the lower page; they have a long petiole, thick and stiff, which reaches 90-100 cm in length; the foliage is roundish, consisting of 20-50 lanceolate segments, rigid and with a papyraceous appearance. In spring it produces small whitish or brown flowers, gathered in erect, ramified inflorescences, which rise from the foliage; the flowers follow numerous dark, oval fruits, whose weight generally causes the arc of inflorescence. Each fruit of sabal minor contains a fertile seed. These palms are quite widespread in the Mediterranean area and are also cultivated in continental Europe; they are often placed in groups of some specimens or at the foot of taller palms.
It is a species that grows in the undergrowth in the places of origin, therefore it prefers shady or semi-shaded positions, with a few hours of direct sun a day; does not fear cold weather and can withstand winter temperatures close to -15 ° C; it may happen that particularly cold winters damage the plants until they are completely frozen, in these cases, usually in spring, the plant starts again producing new fronds.
From March to October we water the sabal minor regularly, avoiding leaving the soil dry for a very long period of time; in any case these palms can tolerate short dry periods without problems. During the winter months we water only in case of very prolonged drought. Pay attention to the water stagnation that can be tolerated for short periods but not very long. In fact, this plant suffers from the prolonged water stagnation and the continuous humidity.
These palms love soft soils, rich in organic matter, and quite well drained. You can also grow in containers solving the problem of winter with the move of the plant in a sheltered area, away from cold currents and frost. If we grow up in the future, we will have to remember fertilizations from time to time. If you have no idea how to fertilize your plants you can use a very simple method: observe the plant. In general, the plant that needs to be fertilized appears to be perishable, yellow and poorly put and these signs of malaise are typical of a plant that needs fertilization as soon as possible.
If we do not want to arrive at this stage but we intend to intervene before the plant emits signs of discomfort, let us remember to fertilize at the beginning of each season with natural fertilizer (pelleted or powdered) or with slow-release granular chemical fertilizer. In both cases, but especially with the chemical fertilizer, we take care not to overdo the quantities because we could burn the plant.
Sabal multiplication typically occurs by seed; the young specimens should be grown in a place protected from direct sunlight for some years before they can be planted; remember that young plants may be more susceptible to damage caused by cold or drought, so we will have to pay particular attention and appropriate care at this stage of its growth.