[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]
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.
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 ...
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.