When shopping for palms, a buyer needs to pick one appropriate for his local climate and rain conditions; many palms are sensitive to cold winters. Soil and drainage matter as well.
Despite their name, palms aren't classified as trees, so potential buyers need to look at information designed specifically for palms. As with any plant, however, palms grow best in certain climates and may not survive the year in areas with incompatible weather. Many palms evolved in regions where the temperature rarely drops below the 60s or 70s, so buyers need to make sure the palms they buy can survive their typical winters.
Buyers should also look for a palm that thrives in their soil. Some palms grow best in alkaline soil, while others thrive in acidic soil, so it may be worth investing in a soil test kit. Palms are also sensitive to water conditions, with some thriving in rainy areas, while others do best in dry regions. Good soil drainage can go a long way toward helping a palm thrive, as too much water can lead to rot in the roots.
Palms are fairly easy to plant, although it's important to avoid damaging the root ball. After planting the palm, use of a brace ensures it grows straight. Fertilizer can help palms thrive and adjust to the area, but it's often best to wait a few weeks after planting to give the palm time to adjust.