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Good Idea or Bad Idea?
Last year we lost a mature queen palm to the freeze and I am trying to prevent losing my last Queen Palm. The heart had frozen and subsequently rotted from the inside out before. In an attempt to protect my last queen palm from the freeze rolling through Louisiana, I took some preventative measures which may or may not have been a good idea.
Because Christmas just past, I left my LED Christmas lights wrapped around my palm tree. I then took two moving blankets and wrapped the palm from the head of the tree to the roots Then I wrapped a tarp around the moving blankets. The tarp prevents the majority of the water from a rain from reaching the moving blankets, but it is not water tight. The tarp is loose enough that if water does reach the blankets from the head or base of the palm that can hopefully escape during the day.For example, I can reach my arm under the tarp mid way up the trunk to feel if the moving blankets are wet. Most of the time the blankets are dry, but sometimes they are slightly wet. The Palm has been wrapped this way for ten days now.
I have included attachments which include a picture of the palm tree when healthy during the summer, current picture of the palm tree now and the ten day weather forecast for my area. It looks like will be below freezing Tuesday and Wednesday.
Should I stay the course or take alternative actions?
Thank you everyone for your knowledge, wisdom and time as it is greatly appreciated.
Parajubaea torallyi v. torallyi seeds wanted! (Bolivian Mountain Coconut)
Hi palm growers,
I'm looking for some Parajubaea torallyi v. torallyi (Bolivian Mountain Coconut) seed. If anybody has any i would love to buy some. I live in Melbourne, Australia.
I just bought this poor tortured baby for 5 bucks and hope that I can salvage it. I think it is a Dypsis Leptochellos.
What think you??
Happy and Prosperous New Year
Coconuts in Lakeland, FL
Since I have planted mine, a number of folks around town have also planted some coconuts on their property. Here are a few I have noticed in my travels:
This is the photographed lot before the coconuts were planted:
Here is the lot with young coconuts in elevated plantings. The one on the right isn't doing so hot, but the rest seem to be doing well after our brief cool snap.
Caring for Gold Malayans in RGV winters
Just today, thankfully, I’ve finally been able to get my hands on some fairly priced coconut sprouts online. I came across a certain company that has a small coconut plantation in Broward County FL, and to my surprise were giving 5” coconut sprouts for 5 dollars each, minimum purchase of two sprouts. The shipping was the only downside: 23$ to get them to the RGV! But nonetheless, I realized that I pretty much wasn’t going to find anything cheaper online. And a total of 33$ for two palm sprouts that aren’t very common here wasn’t the end of the world either. So now I’ve got two Gold Malayan cocos on the way! However, taking into consideration that these will be the first cocos I’ve gotten my hands on, I’d like to see if anyone can provide some helpful feedback on how to grow these cocos in the RGV, Zone 10A. I’ve read that they aren’t as hardy as the Mexican Tall variety that tends to be found here in South Texas, but taken that I’ve seen a fruiting gold malayan (it was just about as tall as the house it is in front of!) in Brownsville gives me some hope that the job can be done.
Anything will be appreciated!