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Sun Hardy Palms in the Balboa Park Succulent Garden
By Sabal Steve
I'm not sure that many know of this spot, but it is definitely worth a look. I'm sure that there's a half dozen species in this area that I didn't even get a picture of. These are BIG palms, reaching maturity in many cases. The park is on the East side of Park Blvd, directly on the other side of Park from the Natural History Museum. A bridge crosses over Park blvd.
Phoenix sylvesteris (I think), Phoenix dactyliferia, Brahea "Super Silver", Brahea aculeata
Phoenix dactyliferia trunk
Phoenix sylvesteris trunk
Sabal sp. with Phoenix dactyliferia in the foreground
Bismarckia nobilis trunk
Brahea "Super Silver", Brahea aculeata
Tender palms in ground with greenhouse over them in winter?
By Palm crazy
Anyone growing any tender palms this way…I’m thinking of trying two of my tender palms a Dypsis Boronii , and Chamaedorea plumosa.
Love to know if anyone has this type of set up and what palms or plants are you trying? Mine will be heated with thermocube 45/35F, heater will be oil base.
Rhapidophyllum hystrix Seed Variability
I wanted to share a couple of pics I took today of some Rhapidophyllum hystrix seeds from different areas of the Southeast. Of particular interest are the very large seeds, which actually come from a cultivated palm in Gainesville, FL. Of the wild-collected seeds, the ones from Randolph County, GA are significantly larger and darker than the others, followed by Chambers County, AL.
Which Species ???
Which species of palm that you had to have have you killed the most?
Was it because it took multiple attempts before you figured out its cultural needs?
Was it a zone push?
Was it a continued failure scenario that was frustrating and caused you to give up.
I've had troubles growing palms from the genus Areca, especially the rare ones. Many have succeeded in South Florida, I got tired of the negative results and have pretty much given up. The Areca ipot was my last victim.
Cleaning Rhapidophyllum hystrix seeds
Somebody please just kill me. I've soaked them, then got the wire brush attachment on the drill going on them. Then soaked them some more, followed by another round with the drill. I've still got some fruit and/or fiber clinging to some seeds, while other seeds are perfectly clean. Wishing I had a setup where I could use a pressure washer on them now. I don't think I can try the drill with wire brush again, as I've damaged a few seeds during round 2. I don't want to soak them for much longer either, because I worry about leaving them in water for too long.
Any suggestions? If it was just a few seeds, I'd just clean them by hand. But it's many thousands of seeds. I thought about just drying them thoroughly in their current state, then soaking again for a few days. Maybe this would help to loosen stuff up a little more. I think I may have to resort to individually picking out the perfectly clean ones out by hand, which might take days, lol. I really need one of those concrete mixers.