Needle Palms in Perry Hall, Maryland and Windmill Palms on the Outer Banks
by Calvin Glover
Updated May 7, 2006
I've got two needle palms growing on the south side of my townhouse here in Perry Hall, MD (around 85 miles south of Phila. and 12 miles north of Baltimore). The plants have done quite well in a slice of garden that is mostly under my deck. They've been here for around 10 years and came from Woodlanders in Aiken, SC.
We see much of the same cold winter weather that you have in PA., but apart from some burnt leaf ends, the plants seem to be thriving. I've got to come up with something to feed them; the soil here is bit poor.
At my place on the NC Outer Banks, I've had mixed results convincing windmill palms to be happy. This spring, I'm experimenting with Mexican fan palms. Believe it or not, drought in a constant problem on the OBX, so drought-resistant plants are desirable.