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Palm pot display


Less is definitely more when it comes to this spectacular container project. The spiky dasylirion makes a huge impact on its own - other plants would just be a distraction. Rather like a natural fibre optic light, its bristling leaves are dramatically set off when the fibrous tips are backlit by the sun.
Plant it: any time of year
At its best: all year round
Takes just: 20 minutes

How to do it:

1 Put a layer of crocks in the bottom of the container, then half fill it with gritty compost.

2 Knock the palm from its pot and stand it on the compost in the centre of the container. Top it up with compost, firming it around the rootball with your fingers.

3 Finish with a decorative mulch of gravel or pebbles. The dasylirion hates being waterlogged, especially in winter, so don't overwater it, and raise the pot on pot feet so it doesn't sit in a puddle.

Our tip

Dasylirion thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Given a sheltered spot, it will be hardy over winter.
If frost is forecast in May, bring the pot under cover to protect it.

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