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Medjool Dates (Phoenix dactylifera)

Rare as a hen’s teeth!

Medjool dates are a variety of date enjoyed for their natural sweetness. They’re larger, darker, and more caramel-like in taste than other common types of dates. Many people refer to Medjool Dates, which are native to Morocco as “the king of dates”.

They have been dubbed "nature's candy" for having a semi-soft flesh that is similar in texture and taste to delicious, chewy caramel.

Medjool Dates tend to take years to produce so now is time to future proof your garden with this exotic plant. Makes a beautiful landscape statement for the garden.

Plant Care

  • Soil: Prefers deep, sandy loam soils with good drainage, pH 6.0 to 8.0.
  • Watering: Requires regular deep watering to develop a strong root system, reduce frequency in cooler months.
  • Temperature: Best in hot, dry climates, can tolerate temperatures up to 40°C.
  • Light: Full sun for maximum fruit production.
  • Fertilising: High potassium fertilizer is beneficial, particularly during the fruiting season.
  • Pruning: Prune to remove dead or damaged fronds and to manage plant size.
  • Mulching: Mulch to keep roots cool and conserve soil moisture.
  • Pest Control: Watch for pests such as date palm spider mites; manage with appropriate treatments.
  • Flowering and Fruiting: Male and female flowers on separate plants; pollination required for fruit, which ripens in late summer to fall.
  • Potting: Not typically suitable for potting due to size and root system requirements
  • Feeding Regime: Regular feeding with a high potassium fertilizer during the growing season supports healthy fruit development. Supplement with nitrogen-based fertilizers early in the season to promote vigorous growth.



We ship our plants and garden supplies throughout New Zealand. Due to the increased costs of shipping and packaging, we now apply a minimal delivery charge. After offering free shipping for three consecutive years, we find it necessary to adjust this policy to align with current market conditions. However, we have lowered our prices to help offset this change.

Please note, we do not ship plants or garden supplies internationally from New Zealand. We do export plants and tissue culture materials from our overseas nursery, which requires a minimum order. Please contact us at hello@exoticanz.com to discuss your specific requirements.

Shipping (per plant)
Auckland & Northland: $20
Rest of North Island: $25
South Island: $35
Rural Address: Additional $5

Shipping Garden Supplies
Auckland & Northland: $10
Rest of North Island: $15
South Island: $20
Rural Address: Additional $5

Delivery

  • Our plants are available for shipment throughout the year, depending on stock levels. Typical delivery times range from 5 to 7 business days, although they can take up to 10 business days depending on the destination.
  • We take extra care in packaging; most of our plants are secured in bespoke inserts and shipped in individual boxes to ensure they arrive undamaged.
  • Deliveries are scheduled once a week, typically on Monday. If you place your order over the weekend, we aim to dispatch your plants on the following Monday. This scheduling allows our team to prepare your order thoroughly and ensures the courier has sufficient time to deliver your plants safely, avoiding any unnecessary delays over the weekend.
  • All orders are shipped via courier track and trace service (not signature required)
  • We cannot deliver to PO Box addresses.
  • If you have a rural address, please contact us beforehand to discuss the best delivery options and avoid any potential issues.

Additional Delivery Information

  • We dispatch our plants year-round, as most are shipped with soil. During the winter months, we closely monitor weather conditions and may temporarily delay shipments if the weather is particularly severe. Our packing process includes adding insulation when necessary to protect the plants against temperature extremes.
  • In summer, we ensure that plants are thoroughly watered before they leave our nursery. Occasionally, we may need to ship plants bare-rooted, particularly when they cannot be comfortably re-potted into smaller packaging for shipping. We will always discuss this with you in advance if your plant needs to be shipped in this manner.
  • It's important to note that shipping can be a stressful experience for plants, often due to spending several days in a dark, confined space. While most plants withstand this with little to no stress, some may experience leaf drop. However, they generally recover quickly with some additional care, including proper watering and gradual reintroduction to light after arrival.

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Medjool Dates
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Adele McLean
Medjool dates

My forth plant from Exotica and as with the others packaged well, great condition and healthy looking plant. All have been larger than expected for the price. Fast deliveries too. Perfect online plant shopping experience.

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