Posted 12 December 2010 - 12:42 PM
A little over a month ago my dad cut down a Queen palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana?). He had it cut into four foot sections. I was curious to see if I could root up the top if I just stuck it in the ground. So I did. It's been in the ground now for about a month, and it's actually put out new growth -- but pretty pitiful new growth. I'll take a picture of it.
Seriously I doubt that I'll be able to root it. But are there palms that you can root this way? I know that cycads, and some tree ferns will -- but they're totally different.
It's worth a try. I wish I had tried it with the head of my Jubaea when it fell over. It appeared everything above the rotten spot on the trunk was still alive and healthy, but I assumed it wouldn't work. Now I still wonder from time to time what would have happened if I had cut off the rotten part, painted the bottom with rooting hormone, and planted it. Let us know if it works.
Martin Farris, San Angelo, TX
San Angelo Cold Hardy Palms and Cycads
Jul - 92F/69F, Jan - 55F/31F
07-08: 14F 147.5 Freezing Degree-Hours http://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?sh...ee+hours\;
09-10: 12F 467.6 Freezing Degree Hours, Average Temperature During Freeze 24.2F;
10-11: 13F 1,059.5 Freezing Degree Hours with Strong Winds/Rain/Snow/Sleet, Average Temperature During Freeze 19.4F;
Record low -4F in 1989 (High of 36F that p.m.) 1,125.2 freezing degree hours, Average Temperature During Freeze 13.6F;
Record Freeze 1983: 2,300.3 Freezing Degree Hours with a low of 5F, Average Temperature During Freeze 13.7F.