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I've obtained a double seeding with this mule palm seed but one of them look like it's developing two different plumules. What do you think?
Cold Hardy Hybrids
I've never been a big fan of hybrid palms, they just make me think of Frankenpalm, freaks of nature. However, I've been knocked out by some of the pics of hybrids on PT. I'm old, my question is, what hybrid does PT think would be the fastest grower in coastal 9b Texas, very hot and humid with two months of ridiculous cold, 32f average, but occasional lows into the mid twenties. I intend to live forever. So far, so good.
Spear pull victim: B. Odorata
B. Odorata in the ground for two years. About 5.5ft tall.
The plant saw lows this winter of 12ºF and 14-15ºF twice. A few days ago I noticed some of the newest growth had died but it didn't alarm me at the time because the same had happened to the S. Mexicana.
When I took a closer look today, I noticed the new growth was dead all the way down to the base, in stark contrast to the Sabal. I gave a tug and the two newest fronds came out:
Leaving this bottomless pit:
Is there anything I can attempt like Hydrogen Peroxide or the partial beheading surgery? Does this look like damage induced by cold temperatures or cold rain? It saw no ice or snow this winter as I wrapped it for those events but it did see cold rain.
This comes as a total shock as the plant otherwise took minimal damage
Phoenix and butia after winter
So I went for a drive to the south coast to look at the maturing Phoenix and Butia there.
Despite being a bit windswept in places they are looking quite good. Butia seeding quite heavily (tried to germinate before but no success) Phoenix have produced lots of seed too which I've collected as should provide quite cold hardy seedlings.
Trachy's are already blooming.
Trachy's are already blooming here in mid Feb.