Saw Palmettos prefer full sun but can tolerate partial shade. They have a high salt tolerance and do best in well-drained soils, but can be difficult to transplant. Due to a clumping growth habit, at maturity, Saw Palmettos can be 3 to 10 ft. tall by 4 to 10 ft. wide, so selecting a planting site with enough space is important.
Toward the end of a heavy rainy season, Saw Palmettos in the landscape may occasionally exhibit a potassium nutrient deficiency (e.g. yellowing fronds or yellow/brown spots on fronds). Prior to applying a fertilizer specially formulated for palms to address nutrient deficiencies, it is recommended that a soil pH reading is done. Click on the link to learn more about palm nutrient requirements fertilizing palms.
Pests and diseases
Generally, Saw Palmettos in the landscape do not experience significant pest and disease issues. To support optimal plant health however, regular scouting for signs of pests/diseases is recommended.
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