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Coconut palms for sale at Lowe's in Austin, TX

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Yesterday I visited two Lowe's (in Austin, TX) and they were selling coconuts palms.  That's fine, they won't live outside here but what really got me was what was written on the tag for the palms.  It said they were hardy in zones 8 and 9.  I couldn't believe this, how could this palm vendor not know the climate requirements for coconut palms? Maybe they're just trying to make a quick buck or have developed a new variety of cold hardy coconut palm. ???

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It's the same wholesaler from the Valley who sends non-hardy citrus to Austin as well.  Their zone recommendations are overly generous to say the least.  Good for those who know better than the tags and want to try portable containers for non-hardy goodies.  Bad for those who trust the tags and stare at their their brown palm through the winter thinking it might recover next spring.   ???

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Ikea sells coconut palms here too....... but at least they have the decency of labeling it "Houseplant"

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You need to be in the valley or possibly Corpus or Galveston to even try coconuts.  And even then, no gaurenteed success.  Although I have seen pics of fairly large ones in the valley.  Stick with Queen palms for your "marginal" palm for Austin.  At least they will make it a good number of years.  Cocos, no chance unless you are going to construct with some type dome over it like BobbyinNY is doing.

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its green valley growers from willis texas . not from the valley, from north of houston!!!!

they are big time in with lowes, so please try not to blame us (whosalers in the rgv) for another company's shenanigans.

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