This palm is a very large specimen. Native to Mexico, the Brahea armata, is also known as the 'Mexican Blue Palm'. It is suitable for growing in the UK, remaining evergreen all year round, and is the bluest palm hardy in our climate. This stunning plant is slow growing although this specimen is nearly at it's ultimate height. The Brahea palm is becoming popular in the UK, and for optimum growth it needs full sun - the more sun, the better the colour.
The Mexican Blue Palm is suitable for growing in a container but can also be planted directly in the ground. Being native to desert regions, it requires a very well drained soil. This is why container planting can be an ideal option if natural soil conditions on site are not ideal. These beautiful architectural palms grow well amongst other hardy palms and serve as a striking focal point when planted singularly or in multiples. If you would like to buy a planter or pot suitable for this palm, we recommend http://www.vasotoscano.com/ for stunning superior quality terracotta pots.
As this is a large specimen palm it cannot be delivered by our usual courier, therefore we send these palms out on a pallet and this incurs a small surcharge of £20 which is added at the checkout.
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Situation Open Close
This plant loves a hot sunny south facing position to help improve the growth and retain a strong blue colouration. The hotter the better!
Feeding Open Close
Feed occasionally in the growing season with a good fertiliser.
Pruning Open Close
Remove any naturally occuring brown leaves which develop, cut these off with a pruning saw back to the trunk.
Compost Open Close
Does best in a free draining rich soil. Will also tolerate a poor dry soil.
Watering Open Close
Be careful not to over water, let the compost dry out in between waterings. We find it beneficial to water containerised plants around the roots rather from above, try not to wet the trunk excessively.
Pests and Diseases Open Close
None to note.
Winter Care Open Close
Keep dry in the winter. When established will be hardy to -10C, may need some protection for the first winter in the ground.