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  2. Young Needle Palm Hardiness

    I wish I could find needles for that price around here. All we seem to have a trachycarpus, chamerops, livingstonia chinese, and plenty of majestys/sagos. Nothing to really complain about, but I really did want to grow a bunch of needle palms in my yard, as well as I wanted to skirt a pine grove I was considering planting on my property with them. 
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  4. Newly planted Beccariophoenix Alfredii

    Thanks Dave. The current garden width, such as it is, measures about 2 feet (not less).  I don't foresee an issue. Like I mentioned, if push comes to shove, I'll just open a semi-circumference bit of concrete up around the bole of the Alfredii. One of the appealing traits the Alfredii have is just that: The more narrow and cleaner trunks compared to the more common coconut-mimics. I must admit, the extended petiole bases do give the illusion of a much wider trunk. However, since there isn't a trunking specimen outside of Madagascar, looking at all the B. Alfredii habitat photos, one can clearly see a much thinner trunk than what the crown shaft (at ground level) makes it out to be. I hope this is the case here in North America. In my garden, I can easily accommodate P. Dactylifera-sized trunks. CIDP, J. Chilesis or thick-Filifera trunks are a different story.      
  5. Newly planted Beccariophoenix Alfredii

    Alex, if yours gets a bit big for its britches, as we say, I wouldn't worry. It won't crack concrete. Palms are soft stemmed and grow around things, especially if the constriction isn't much, which I don't think will be a problem in your case. Looks like the trunk will be about a foot across, maybe 18". Thinking about it some more, maybe cut a strip out of your concrete for its entire length? It will be easier now than when your palms get large.
  6. Happy Birthday Red Rabbit

    Ah, the big 3-0! Still a kid, enjoy while you can.
  7. Dypsis ambanja

    Anyone tried these in FL? I've got a nice 3 gal size to put in the ground. Also, sun or shade? 
  8. Cyclone Debbie, Queensland

    ...very scary  
  9. Tropical Cyclone 'Debbie'

    ...very scary  
  10. Tropical Cyclone 'Debbie'

    Let us know how you are once you're back on air mate.
  11. What Is Up With Hawaii?

    Hawaii, thanks to its mountains, also has extremes of wet and dry climate.   There's some excellent books on the archipelago's natural history and conservation efforts.  
  12. Whould You Consider ALL of Taiwan Tropical?

    I visited Taipei once (there's a picture show somewhere in the forum archive).  The city gets cool enough in winter for temperate plants like Chionanthus (fringe tree) and others to do well.  But a lot of tropical plants including palms will also cultivate well.  It's a little bit like northern New Zealand,   Taiwan has the highest mountains in northeast Asia.  Those are definitely temperate.   If you spot a cheap air fare, visit!
  13. Tropical Cyclone 'Debbie'

    This is roughly what missed us last October.  I would be happy to never again see the wreckage of a strong 4 or 5 such as hit south of Miami back in 1992.   
  14. Who is growing Hydriastele ramsayi?

     In the wild, they only grow in isolated areas of the Northern Territory at around 11 deg South and are very tropical in their requirements.. I doubt they would grow in California and  are probably borderline for most parts of Florida. Here's a pic of Hydriastele Ramsayi I took near Annersley Point in Western Arnhemland, NT            
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  16. Suburban block, Darwin, Australia.

    I have Triangle Palms planted on my nature strip. A very hot and harsh environment with irregular watering hasn't deterred them from flowering and setting viable seed. I have lost a few to the dreaded wilt but the 3 survivors are thriving on wet season rain and dry season neglect. An interesting 'out of climate zone' plant is also growing at the foot of one of my Triangles, a Midnight Cactus or Epiphyllum Oxypetalum. I took cuttings from my mothers garden near Sydney 20 odd years ago and the plant thrives out on my nature strip in full sun. The flowering in Darwin always coincides with a downpour of rain, usually a heavy thunderstorm at the build up to the 'Wet' then later monsoonal bursts of rain promote flowering. This season I have recorded 7 individual flowering periods of up to a dozen or more flowers. A record flowering season for me. And a good chance of one more in April/May if we get a late downpour or two These photos taken this morning at 4.00am.  
  17. Thank you for the source!
  18. Who is growing Hydriastele ramsayi?

    From my understanding they are extremely difficult to germinate and then very temperamental as seedlings so pretty much nobody grows them but I agree with you, they are a beautiful palm and I would love to have one. Also, I would assume that both florida and california would be too cold a climate for them considering their very restricted habitat in the top end.
  19. The 'Golkoy' seeds were ordered from here:
  20. Yes, it would.  They have grown to about 25 ft. tall on North Padre Island in people's yards, with nuts on them between really bad coconut killing winters.  So, they can be grown to maturity here..  
  21. Cyclone Debbie, Queensland

    Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays has recorded wind gust of 262kph ( 163mph ) so far today.    When the weather clears it won't be pretty.  I just hope everything works out OK for the two or three palmtalk members that live in that area.        
  22. Jubaea x Syagrus update

    That looks crazy! Awesome palm. 
  23. This is one of my favorite palms that I don't see mentioned that often. After living in Florida for ten years, I don't think I've ever seen one, nor do I think I've ever seen one in a Californian yard!  Here is a photo of one taken by Willoughby Owen:   
  24. Super cool Ptychosperma!

    Bump any clue on this palm ID yet?
  25. - 11:51AM - Time for some careful and steady navigation. With his cart loaded, Jamalito began to guide it past customers, tables and other plants on his way out of the shadehouse. - One inch at a time. He still had to get the load under the shadehouse door, which was waiting for him. - 12:17PM - This was the scene along the side road, just past high noon on the second day of the Extravaganza. I went outside the shadehouse to check on the weather, as the wind had increased with momentary periods of cloud cover. One shopper must have really liked Vriesea bromeliads... - The wind had slowly increased throughout the day, but it didn't damper the sale. As many people enjoyed it as it kept the temperature comfortable. A tall clump of Golden Hawaiian Bamboo, Bambusa vulgaris cv. vittata, shrugs off the wind and remains upright in a cart. Ryan
  26. - 11:47AM - It didn't take long for the duo to start filling a large cart. The H. pleurocarpa was joined by a grouping of Licuala grandis in three sizes and a mature, large for the pot, 10 gal. Burretiokentia hapala, that was currently displaying a new inflorescence. - The specimen had been pot-bound for a while, but has shown no signs of slowing down. In addition to the multiple rings of trunk, the palm had managed to push out this large and fuzzy inflorescence. - Andre poses for a second next to the cart, as Jamalito approaches from behind me with another palm. In addition to his own botanical creation, 'Dre Gardens, Andre works with other gardens, collectors and plant collections in Key West. - 11:49AM - Within the span of a few seconds, Jamalito drops off a 10 gal. Kentiopsis oliviformis onto the end of the cart. Ryan
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