This module discusses the basic types of palm trees. By the unit’s end, the participant will have learned to identify palm species based on leaves, trunks, and fruit; will understand the basics of each variety’s nutritional requirements; will be familiar with the salt, drought, and wind tolerance of each; and will know the basic transplanting, pruning, and fertilizing techniques for each.
This module describes the pest insects of the fifteen most commonly used Florida palms. By the unit’s end, the participant will be able to identify pests visually and by symptoms on the palms. Diagnostic and/or corrective pest management strategies are discussed for many of the varieties of palms and pests.
The focus of this module is landscape palm disease. Since diseased palms must frequently be removed, it is crucial to learn the difference between a disease and a disorder, which is often treatable. The participant will learn about the specific pathogens that cause palm diseases, the difference between host-specific and non-host specific diseases, and the common environmental causes of each. Treatment and/or corrective measures are also discussed. (2007 version)
This module names the most important macro- and micronutrient deficiencies in palms. Symptoms and effects of the deficiencies are discussed at length, as are the causes and prevention. By the unit’s end, the participant will be able to recognize, diagnose, and treat nutrient deficiencies in palms.