*** PLEASE NOTE ***
CA and AZ restrict the purchase/shipping of the Date Palm
Date Palm are decorative palm that work very well for vertical arrangements in the sanctuary. Their presence on Palm Sunday will emphasize to the congregation the beginning of Holy Week, and help signify the remembrance of Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem. Use a Date Palm arrangement near the entrance of the church, and a Fan Palm arrangement near the altar to emphasize the priority of the inner sanctuary in your church. Each bag of Date Palm includes four (4) un-stripped palm leaves (as pictured left) Average size 24" - 36" inches high.
How to Care for Date Palm for Palm Sunday Altar Décor
- Altar Decorations are just like fresh flowers – keep refrigerated until ready to arrange. DO NOT OPEN THE PLASTIC BAGS UNTIL READY TO USE. Three (3) hours prior to arranging the decorations, cut the stems of the Altar Décor at a 45 degree diagonal just above the bottom end of the stem and place in ICE WATER to make the leaves open and achieve their maximum beauty.
- To help the Altar Décor leaves stay beautiful after arranging, keep the stems in water to maintain their green and fresh appearance
- The best temperature to store palm is at 40° F to 50° F but make sure you DO NOT FREEZE!
- People who are not refrigerating their palms should open each box and take three or four UNOPENED plastic bags of palms out of the box. When the palms are enclosed in plastic and packed in a box, heat may begin to build up in the box between the plastic bags. Any perishable plant material will begin to break-down if there is heat present.
- By taking several bags out of each box, you allow the air to circulate more freely around the plastic bags left in the box which keeps the palms cooler and fresher.
- Brownish tips on the leaves are a natural characteristic since drying begins even before the leaf matures.