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by Peg Ordway
on April 1, 2014 at 6:21 AM
What spots on back of plant leave
by Karen
on April 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Is the Khalil stage of dates dated raw or do you have recipe suggestions?
by Wayne Bryan Crawley
on August 24, 2015 at 5:45 PM
I see alot of date trees around palm Beach county with yellow fruit to day I say one that had alot of red fruit are they edible?
Reply by Jeannette E. Warnert
on August 26, 2015 at 1:30 PM
Our date palm expert, Don Hodel, said, "The palms might not be the edible date, Phoenix dactylifera. But if so, some varieties are generally edible in the unripe state."
by Pat
on May 15, 2016 at 12:10 PM
Maybe people here can help me?  
I grew a date palm from store bought dates, it made up to 5 adult leaves, when i noticed the pot being too small. So i repotted it in a huge container.  
It did not grew anymore for 2 years,  
Now it starts growing again, it made a new leaf, and it is a lot smaller, the previous are twice as big.I hope he will pick up its usual growt.  
I live in the netherlands and winters are too cold to put it in soil in the garden.  
So when winter comes i keep it in a greenhouse at 59 fahrenheit.  
The question is, is it possible to grow n nice tree this way?  
I know harvesting dates wil never happen, and they become really big,but just information about how to care for P.Dactylifera is rare, i never found any, only thing i find, is info for date farming, nothingabout care for dates as potplants in colder regions.  
Sorry for my elaborate story,i hope it is not full of mistakes, because english is not my native language.  
I am very curious, so i really hope someone has a clue about growing them in colder regions, already thanks, Pat.
by Christine Payne
on June 10, 2016 at 7:48 AM
I have a date nut palm that is around 20 ft tall and the birds have deposted tree ferns seeds in the trunk of the tree. It is completely hiding the trunk. Will this harm the tree?
by Donald R. Hodel
on June 13, 2016 at 10:21 AM
The ferns on the trunk of date palms typically do not harm the palm. They are just growing epiphytically and are not deriving or competing with the palm for water or nutrients. Some people find epiphytic plants on palm trunks to be very attractive, but it is a personal choice. If you do not like them you can remove them.
by Donald R. Hodel
on June 13, 2016 at 10:35 AM
In reply to the person growing a date palm in the Netherlands:  
Yes, palms can be grown indoors in cold temperate climates like northern Europe. Select palms that grow slowly and/or do not get too big and can tolerate extended periods of low light and low humidity, like Chamaedorea (bamboo palms) and Rhapis. Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) will grow indoors but needs lots of light, even direct sunlight, for much of the day. Consider artificial lights for additional light, especially in the winter. Keep soil evenly moist, not too wet; you can even let it dry out slightly before applying water again. Apply a slow-release fertilizer once a year. Watch for insect pests like ants, scales, and mealy bugs.
by Gelaina Lovario
on July 29, 2017 at 3:45 PM
Hello, I live in a humid and hot area on the coast of florida and i wanted to add a date palm to my backyard garden in order to harvest the edible dates. After reading this article I think maybe the humid climate here will not allow the dates to reach the nice dried-out stage as discussed in the article about California. Could I use a dehydrated machine when the dates are in the kahlal stage in order to get the results of a sweet dried date? Thank you
by Barbara Krencicki
on June 30, 2018 at 6:44 PM
I an try to find out what type of dates these are and are they edible?
Reply by Jeannette E. Warnert
on July 2, 2018 at 8:12 AM
I suggest you contact your local UC Master Gardener program for more information on your dates. Click here:
by Christine Payne
on October 26, 2018 at 8:50 AM
Ny datenut palm is about 30 ft tall and its lower limbs are dying. What could be the cause of this? Thank you.
by Linda L Scott
on December 21, 2019 at 10:48 AM
What variety of date fruit is seedless?
by Harry
on May 21, 2024 at 10:34 AM
Please help!  
Have a sick date palm in Florida.  
They state the soil should be a pH of 8 to 10.  
I have put tea leaves around it? This wrong?  
I assume it could have acidified it.  
What would use to alkalize it? They state not to us calcium.  
What also would be a good general fertilizer?  
Thank you!
Reply by Pamela S Kan-Rice
on May 21, 2024 at 10:40 AM
Hi Harry, you should consult the Master Gardeners in your county in Florida. They should be able to give you good advice for your area.
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