Posted: 23/03/2016 at 14:34
I have moved house and inherited some lovely trees which I assume are "Palms".
I have no idea what they are called or how to look after them, so please help me identify (picture below) and offer any advice you have on how to look after them.
The large tree (pictured on the right) is about 9' tall, has a hairy trunk with large fan-like leaves on stalks.
It appeared to have flowered - I cut off the dead flowers, and a few scrappy lower leaves (I hope that was the right thing to do!).
The tree on the right looks equally old but has taken on a low "shrub" shape with multiple trunks. The leaves are incredibly sharp on the end, believe me.
It would appear to have been chopped back at some point. I am wondering if I can take off the entire left-hand-side trunk to the base. I want to do this because I would like the space on the left to plant something else. (My partner wants me to dig the whole think up.)
If I were to guess, I would say that they are 30-40 years old.
I do not believe they are too tender as they were not protected over winter and seem OK.
I would like to feed them / prune them / look after them correctly.
Any help would be hugely appreciated!Thanks!