People come into contact with Palmco’s palms every day. Our palms are the ones that nestle beside you when you sit down in a café to enjoy a coffee. They greet you when you walk into a shopping mall or hotel. They are in town centres, along motor ways, outside supermarkets, in council parks and casting shade over countless swimming pools all over the country.
With over 50 acres of palms in production it is not surprising you see our palms every day. From small container grown specimens to large seven metre field grown palms, Palmco is unrivalled in the range of palms it has on offer and as a result Palmco is the first port of call in the country for palms.
Unusual indoor palms or large outdoor specimens suitable for developments or adding instant impact to a town garden. The size of our nurseries means that we can supply customers with the species that they are after, and that we have the numbers to fulfil even the largest orders. Because of the size of our nurseries we can always find the palms that our customers are after - one small palm to sit in the living room or one hundred large palms to enhance a new subdivision .
Being able to supply the full range of palms is only part of the picture. What makes Palmco different is the way we care for our palms and then harvest then to ensure they reach our customers in the best possible condition.
How we grow our palms
Like children palms need the best possible start in life. To ensure we only grow quality palms we start our own from seed and when bringing plants into the nursery to grow we only use trusted suppliers who meet the highest quality standards the industry has to offer.
With 3000 square meters of hot house and the latest techniques in palm care and pest management our palms are grown in the optimum conditions to ensure a healthy and happy palm. Palms that do not meet our exacting standards are weeded out early so that we know when it leaves Palmco it is only the best of the best. Every palm we grow is constantly monitored to ensure it is getting everything it needs to be the healthiest palm. While we like our palms to grow well we do not force their growth through large amounts of fertilizer or water, because we know that they will never get a better home than Palmco and that it can be a tough world out there, so we make sure they are ready for it.
Because of the size of our nurseries we give each individual palm enough space to stretch it fronds and reach for the sun. This means that they do not have to compete for light and water with other palms, which gives you get a strong and healthy palm that height is not disproportionate to the size of its trunk. If palms are not given this opportunity, when they are planted, then they can suffer the effects of wind and sun which results in a straggly burnt palm that can rock forwards and backwards in the wind ripping the roots and thrashing the fronds.
While many smaller growers know how to plant a palm it is the digging and transport of palms that ensures a perfect specimen arrives ready to be planted and thrive. All palms are different and in order to ensure that we can always provide a quality product we have spent years researching palms and the different techniques to ensure best practice.
This starts with our pre-harvest process where we reduce the amount water and nutrients feed to a palm before they are harvested. This toughens up the palm and lets it send down more roots and prepares itself in preparation to be lifted. We then dig around the root ball in stages, so that new roots can grow along where it has been cut. This is done over a period of months so that the palm does not have to struggle with too much stress caused by the cutting of the roots.
Throughout this process we carefully monitor the palm to ensure that it is still in optimal condition. When a palm is deemed ready to be lifted from ground we water it and lift it from the ground and package it ready to be delivered. We don’t however send it to our customers before it has had time to recover from the harvest. Instead we place it on a standing ground until has recovered from the transplant shock.