Where to buy palm trees is something you'll think about when making that fun purchase. You want your palm to begin its life happily. Just like when your kids came into the world, you want to know the origins were done right!
Your palm tree is an investment. Starting with buying palm trees from somewhere that knows palms just right...
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Best to use some caution in your decision on where to buy palm trees! Know what's best for making that purchase. We have tips & ideas for you. To have a successful experience figuring out how to buy palm trees.
When beginning your search for where to buy palm trees, local plant nurseries are good sources for your start. They know your area, the typical weather your local climate.
Often they have expert resources for planting advice. Maybe even services that can plant them for you. And very important - can help you choose the palm tree to buy for a successful outcome.
WHICH PALM TREE TO BUY?
Yes, that's vital. Because there's much to think about first.
Have you made a Landscaping Plan, evaluating how your palm tree will look when fully grown?
Do you have a specific budget? Rarer palm tree species, especially, are costly!
What type of climate do you live in? Palm Trees Can Grow in many surprising places!
Our main suggestion is to visit your local plant nurseries. It may be a good thing to look them up online first. Especially if you have several to choose from. Their website should answer certain questions, provide important details.
If they don't have a website, don't necessarily rule them out. Call them first to ask your questions. Or visit them to see how they interact with you. Especially when you ask them questions.
We have a checklist below to help you in prompting needed questions to ask.
QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT A NURSERY
First you'd want to know if palms are regularly in stock? Does the nurseryowner ensure that happens?
Many nurseries are throughout our city. Since it's a desert town, several focus strictly on cacti, agave, yuccas and succulents.
Others do that also. Because Native Palm Trees are in Deserts, they add in a few of those palms. Then many offer multiple types of other plants.
Many Tucson nurseries cater to people who love gardening. Who like caring for plants. Even the unusual. So, for those willing to put in the work & extra expense of palms that aren't native, they have offerings based on where Palm Trees Do Grow. Some will have (or get) those palm species.
In our desert city, there's not anywhere to buy palm trees in a Nursery that specializes in Tropical Plants.
Other choices are the "Big Box Stores." Those you're familiar with, where you can buy palms trees near you. Are they a good idea? We'll see what you think, compared to how we view it!
Let's evaluate where to buy palm trees, that aren't local nurseries. There may be reasons nurseries aren't available for you. Whatever that may be! It's personal to you, after all.
I know we ourselves contracted with a landscaping design firm. They arranged for our palm tree plantings. We requested our palm trees to buy and plant. But they acted as the "middle-man" for purchase.
That's just one example of why you might not choose a local nursery.
Another consideration you may have: how much does it cost to buy a palm tree? Because your budget is important! And that's only the first cost. There will be more afterwards.
So you might wonder where to buy cheap palm trees. Because they'll fit your budget. That's why you think: Big Box Stores!
Another point is the shipping. Will they ship for free? But also will shipping be harmful to the plant? Plus, not all facilities are authorized by all states to ship certain types of plants. State Departments of Agriculture may not authorize it. That's definitely true of palm trees.
For instance we can't get Windmill Palms shipped to us here in Arizona. From out of state.
The Plant Protection Act 2004, Subtitle A, Section 412 [U.S.C. 7712] authorizes the USDA to regulate plant shipping across state lines. To prevent spreading of plant pests, invasive species, noxious weeds, etc.
The basic answer is yes, you can buy a palm tree in Lowes, at Home Depot, or Walmart. Target doesn't carry live palms. Only Artificial Palm Varieties.
But is a Big Box Store palm tree purchase a good idea?
Let's review each of the Big Box Stores. When they're saying they're where to buy palm trees - is that a good thing or not!
LOWES LAWN & GARDEN
Real palm trees, potted palms & artificial varieties all available here. Order online, or pick them up. Options depend on where you live, time of year & what you want.
They seem to generally have the largest palm selection when the timing's right.
They help you figure out your planting zone when at their Garden Center.
Their policy allows a palm tree replacement or refund within one year of purchase, with your receipt.
One year guarantee states "on select plants." Difficult to determine which in advance. Check when you're purchasing.
Selection is limited compared to many nurseries.
Choice of delivery or pick-up limited by local factors.
HOME DEPOT GARDEN CENTER
We've gone into their garden area a few times. Always seems like a wide range of plants for pick-up. Including several palm species.
Relatively large selection of palm trees, many for pick-up.
Good selection of potted indoor palms.
Some prices lower than nursery averages.
For choosing your palm they give comparisons for others
They have an overview on palm tree care. Plus available care manuals specific to some palms
Guarantee of one year, with receipt, for refund or replacement.
Order online for quick curbside pick-up at the local store.
HOME DEPOT DOWNSIDES:
You must know your hardiness zone.
Has ability to ask questions, but seems they're rarely answered.
Free shipping has some qualifications. Check product descriptions to see.
WALMART GARDEN CENTER
I know our local Walmart Garden space I've gone into have a small selection of desert plants, like cactus. I've seen a few palms on occasion.
You can choose plants by hardiness zones.
Palm-like plants available...
See the whole range of palms carried, by searching "live palm trees"
Takes longer to find a successful palm for your area.
Decent return policy. Two types, Walmart (90 days) & Walmart Marketplace (may be longer, possibly up to one year). Be sure to retain receipt, check which return policy applies.
You can add planting service to your order.
Mostly good prices with many indoor palms available.
Wide variety of Imitation Palm Trees with whole range of prices.
Amazon has many sellers available, including nurseries. What's the deal there?
Usually many reviews to get an idea of seller's reliability.
Many choices of sellers.
Offers palm-like plants as well.
Choose A Palm Tree & immediately know if/when it's available, or even ships to your area.
Wide assortment of potted palms for Inside The Home & imitation palms.
Pretty fast delivery, anticipated date. Have Prime? Even better!
Discounts & coupons available.
Alternate offered: Online Shipping.
Guarantee/warrantee can vary, per provider. Possibly more difficult to locate.
Return policies can vary...
Care advice can be spotty & sometimes sounds more like marketing spiel than good tips.
Looking for where to buy palm trees from nurseries that ship? You'll find them in the United States. The UK also has nurseries that ship palms.
Plants may arrive with a healthier glow! And as described.
More palm tree options. Occasionally even rentals!
Some offer 2-day shipping. But what's the cost? Worth it? Maybe!!
When looking online for where to buy palm trees, you'll find nurseries' shipping and/or return policies may not be as flexible as Big Box Stores or Amazon.
If not very close to you, the palm may struggle in its packaging. Like having claustrophobia!! 😮
International shipping often isn't available.
It's best to find one nearest you. So the palm won't be worn out from a long trip! Think how you feel when you're on a plane, or on the road for hours & hours! Yikes!!
UNITED STATES SHIPPERS
Nurseries in Western States
Nurseries in Southern States
Nurseries in Eastern States
Elsewhere in the US
A professionally run local nursery is often your best bet for where to buy palms. We recommend this above all else.
Yet you could check into your local Big Box store, to find your best palm tree. Finally a place to go if you didn't have success with trying those listed here.