August 28th, 2009, 07:24 PM
When we were @ TI in June, we noticed the bottom of the palm trees were painted white. Is their a reason or just because? Just curious.
August 29th, 2009, 11:00 AM
I'm not 100% sure but I think it's to keep the bugs off of them.
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August 29th, 2009, 12:42 PM
I may be wrong but I'm pretty sure its a special paint (or something) that helps to keep the ants and whatnot off so they don't destroy the trees.
August 30th, 2009, 03:39 PM
Well, that would make sense! Thanks!
August 31st, 2009, 06:15 PM
August 31st, 2009, 10:49 PM
Sorry, guys, but the paint is there for nothing more than decoration. For years, people painted the trunks of Royal Palms in Florida with white paint in the hope that it would prevent insects from crawling up them. In fact, it does nothing to stop the bugs. The practice was extended to Coconut Palms during the first serious onslaught of Lethal Yellows back in the early 1960s. Again, the treatment was useless and the City of Miami lost almost half of their Coconuts.
The paint does prevent various lichens from taking hold and is often pressure-washed and repainted to keep the stately appearance intact. But as far as preventing any form of pest or disease, it's only a myth.
Boca Raton, Florida
(just a 75 minute plane flight from paradise)
August 31st, 2009, 11:56 PM
It's regular old paint does nothing for ants head gardner at CTI said it was just decorative. You see it all over the caribbean.
Shari & James
Members of the 4 for 4 club
September 1st, 2009, 11:09 AM
So you won't walk into them after a few to many late at night!!
September 1st, 2009, 04:11 PM
September 1st, 2009, 04:49 PM