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Brahea armata

Mexican Blue Palm, Blue Hesper Palm

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A slow growing palm, although quicker given summer irrigation, the Mexican Blue Palm eventually forms a fat 45cm thick trunk topped by stiff, powder blue fan leaves, the central point of which points downward. Brahea armata is a wonderfully bright accent plant for the arid garden making a perfect companion for hardy succulent plants such as yucca, dasylirion and nolina. It also makes a wonderful palm for a hot conservatory as it is able to tolerate a position in full sun with dry air.

Brahea armata Identification Sheet

Origin
Northwestern Mexico
Genus
Brahea
Species
armata
Common name(s)
Mexican Blue Palm, Blue Hesper Palm
Synonym
Erythea armata
Situation
Full sun, dry, well-drained soil
Eventual height
2m
Eventual spread
1.5m
Hardiness
to -8C or lower if dry
Skill level
Intermediate

Pot sizes

With items such as ferns, juvenile tree ferns and herbaceous plants it is difficult to give the exact size of each species when such a wide range of plants are grown so we specify standard pot sizes to give an indication of the size and/or age of the plant you are buying.

Sometimes the pot size might vary slightly from the standard or we might listed as 2-3 litre pot, depending on the growers we purchased them from. However, the sizes of the plants are similar in height and spread.

Sometimes the plants might be photographed in decorative pots. However, please bear in mind that our plants are kept in plastic nursery pots.

Plant height

For the outdoor plants, that are meant to be planted in the ground, the height of the pot is excluded from the measurement. The height is measured from the top of the pot to the tallest leaf or branch of the plant.

All plants are measured when brought to our nursery, however, due to natural factors, the actual size of the plant might change over time due to adjustments to the environment. When picking multiple plants for an order, we aim to pick matching plants.

GENERAL CARE

Most palms need tropical or subtropical temperatures, but there are some suitable for planting outdoors in the British Isles. Hardy palms are invaluable as structural plants in tropical-style gardens and look effective when planted with bananas, bamboos and New Zealand flax. 

PLANTING

Hardy palm trees can be planted at any time of the year, but ideally it should be done during spring and summer. 

Try to dig a hole a good deal bigger than the root-ball, which should be given a good soak before planting. Back-fill the hole with a free draining mix

Water thoroughly. This will be beneficial to the establishment of the root system. If planting during a dry spell, water the hole first, allow to drain, plant, back-fill, and then water again. 

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Product warranties

We can guarantee that the plants leave our nursery disease free, but weather and local conditions might affect their survival. Make sure you always make an informed purchasing decision.

The plants that leave our nursery are in the best condition, free of disease. Kept in adequate conditions (positioning and care), the plants are guaranteed for 3 months if they are planted in the ground or one year if they are kept in their original pots. Return policy applies only to plants that are in their original pots.

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Delivery location

Due to the nature of the consignments, the courier's drivers are not insured to carry goods through your property. The standard delivery location is the border of your property or the entrance of a communal space. If other arrangements need to be made, please get in touch with us as soon as the order is placed.
Vouchers and small boxes can be posted through the letterbox, provided there is unrestricted access to it. 

Customer reviews

5
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Delighted with this excellent specimen.

5
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A superb specimen - looks wonderful. Very well packed and delivered in under 48 hours of ordering

5
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This palm is stunning and was superbly wrapped to ensure that it was not damaged during delivery. It was easily planted and has prompted many favourable comments from my neighbours.

5
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I bought one of these beautiful Blue Palms 2 years ago from the bargain section. I am pleased to say it is thriving at 1.5m! It is slow growing but if you feed with Palm fertilizer and water it well in the summer months, the rewards are amazing! If you find that the leaves are not blue enough move it to a more sunny spot.

5
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Stunning plant. Arrived in tip top condition. Thanks palm centre for another stunning specimen. 5* plus

5
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my second purchase from the palm centre the palm arrived in perfect condition bigger and better than expected truly happy

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