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All My Cham tuercks: Spring 2018
For several years I posted photos of my 5 potted Chamaedorea tuerckheimii that I took every spring and fall when I gave them their semi-annual checkups and fertilization. Normally I keep them in shade in my back yard jungle where I can look in on them but otherwise let them commune with Nature. I've learned that these are palms that hate to be toyed with, worried over or put on display - they grow for me on their terms only. I'm fine with that. However, in fall 2016 I knew they need to be repotted (2-3 years in one pot is enough). I approach repotting with surgical care & precision but this time the two smallest palms took issue with my actions. Both went into decline and died within a few months. I was so bummed I took no photos last year.
I've had no luck germinating seeds but I decided to bite the bullet and ordered 4 seedlings from Floribunda. So far those are doing great for me. Then last fall I bought 2 1g from Scott Cohen. I just finished my spring checkup on my 9 Cham tuercks and took the following photos today. I estimate the largest, bought from Dale Holten in 2011, to be 22-24" tall. The second & third tallest are 15-18" tall.
Chamaedorea tuerckheimii x9
So I forgot to bring my Coconut palm in a pot in last night... The tempature got down to 34 degrees F and there was frost in the yard. Do you think it will be ok?
By Cindy Adair
For learning about a genus it is easier for me to see different related species nearby.
However aesthetically I would much rather have several of the same species together, but not too close to similar ones.
Thus I plan to put my two C. sullivaniorum seedlings
in a different spot than my 5 little C. tuerckheimii trees (3 girls, 1 boy and 1 unknown)
I have heard that many Coccothrinax species interbreed easily.
Is that of any concern between Chamaedoreas or within the Licualas?
Sadly only one lonely C. amabilis.... Unless any of you have a source of more?
2 C. frondosas although I think I have a third somewhere.
As to Licualas, right now my 1 L. cordata (bottom left) and 2 L. orbicularis look alike to me, but no flowers yet.
Or should I worry more about the chance of snow in the tropics than hybridization of most palms? Thanks!
What Is The Longest Time You Went Without Water a Palm In a Pot?
What is the longest time period a palm of yours went in a pot without being watered? Yes, rain counts as being watered. For me it was about one month.
C. elegans, the most underrated palm ever. It grows everywhere on earth, requires little attention, and its gorgeous. I found the one on the right last week at my local sprawlmart, removed 90% of the seedlings and got this triple. I'd love to see more. Eventually they'll go to to the garden, until then I enjoy them up close. My last dollar for scale.