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    [align=left]I purchase a chinese palm from Lowes is the spring and the salesperson said it would be fine outdoors*in our Maryland winters if I cut it back, wraped it in burlap and mulched it heavily.* My question is how far so I cut it back?* It stands about five feet tall right now and its getting cold out.* Thanks[/align]

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Maryland zone 7
    Hi Paul,

    Sorry to say either you misunderstood or the salesperson didn't know what they were talking about.* Maybe they meant you can grow it outdoors in summer in a pot.* Chinese fan palm aka Livistona chinensis is only hardy to zones 9b to 11.* I too live in Maryland and it's not hardy here.* If you cut it back you will kill it by cutting off the growing tip.* You will need to dig it up, put it in a pot and bring it indoors.* This should be done before the night temps dip below 50*F, and best before you turn on the heat indoors.

    Here's how to move plants indoors and outdoors.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Hi Paul and Newt,

    while Newt is right about the Chinese Fan Palms, if it is
    5 ft tall it's not very likely to be a Chinese Fan Palm as
    those are very slow growing, and if you (Paul) bought
    it in the spring you either must have paid an arm and
    a leg for it for even the fronds reaching 5 ft, or it's
    a different palm. I have 15 year old Chinese Fan Palms
    and they just barely have a stem yet.

    Sorry I only found this post now, as it's probably too
    late in the winter now ...


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Whittier, CA
    That thing is a annual in MAryland.

    Livistona Chinensis is a slow grower but we have plenty out here that are over 5 feet tall. Post a picture so we can I.D. it. I do not believe there is any palm species that could survive year round outside in Maryland.

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