Last May I planted 2 Sabal Palms in my yard in the Tampa Bay area (We're in
zone 9B). The palms were planted by a reputable vendor with a money back
guarantee. The tops of the trees were pruned severely. The trees are
approximately 5 feet apart. One tree is 12' and the other is 8'.
I dutifully followed the water directions (heavy the first couple of
months). The taller tree produced leaves and seems to be fine. It's been 4
months now and the smaller tree looks the same as the day it was planted. It
appears not to being growing (but it's still green). I called the vendor and
they didn't seem worried and suggested some palm fertilizer. That seemed to
have no effect.
One tiny detail -- while working in the yard one day about a month after the
tree was planted, I sprayed some Round-up on a weed near the problem palm.
Approximately 1 tbs (diluted) fell into the soil very near its roots.
Do you think the Round up hurt the tree? Fatally? Is this slow rate of
growth normal for sabal palms that have been transplanted?
Thanks in advance.