The garden centre chain sold 41,000 palms in a year in 2009/10, a 68 per cent rise on the previous year, at an average of 1,640 palms sold at each of its stores.
Dobbies said then that buyers bought cordyline, trachycarpus and phoenix palms to make up for going without a foreign holiday. Prices ranged from £6.99, to £300 for an 8ft tree.
Dobbies said that 2010 "was the peak of our palm sales due to lower priced cordylines, but due to price rises we didn’t invest in them at the same rate in the years since. Palms overall have seen a 33 per cent increase in sales over the last year however."