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Trithrinax campestris

Caranday Palm, Blue Needle Palm

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Caranday Palm is a strikingly architectural plant. It slowly forms a stout trunk, clothed in wickedly sharp fibres (hence the name Needle Palm) and has varyingly green or silvery grey stiff, plastic-textured fan leaves that are tipped with vicious points. All in all, not a plant to cuddle and best sited away from high traffic areas. Trithrinax campestris is a slow grower and particularly takes a long while to recover from disturbance. It is best planted in sandy, well-drained soil and, although considerably drought tolerant when established, benefits from being watered copiously during summer. Interestingly seeds will usually contain two embryos and produce twin plants!

Trithrinax campestris Identification Sheet

Origin
Argentina and Uruguay
Genus
Trithrinax
Species
campestris
Common name(s)
Caranday Palm, Blue Needle Palm
Situation
Full sun, well-drained soil
Eventual height
3-4m
Eventual spread
1-2m
Hardiness
hardy to -8C or lower
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. 

Reviews

Rated 5.00 on the scale 1 - 5 based on 2 customer reviews
Verified purchase

Great 10 litre plant with unblemished foliage. Transplanted easily into a prepared spot in the garden and looks superb with its grey/green frond colour. Would recommend this unusual palm.

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Trinthrinax arrived safely today. Beautiful plant,exactly as described and delivered next day. Fantastic service. Many thanks