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Vacation in Thailand Golden coconut.
By Kevin S
Just got back from a vacation in Thailand. Saw a coconut palm I wish I had.
What Is The Absolute Hardiest Coconut Variety?
What is the Hardiest variety of coconut? About what tempatures can it take?
Sickly coconut palm new symptoms
Hey all. Sorry for a somewhat duplicate thread. I posted this on the end of my previous thread, but then I found out that I can't update the title, so I fear people might not look at it since they don't know there's new info. And I'm a little concerned, so I thought I'd create a new thread. Sorry if that's taboo!
Old thread is here: http://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/53846-coconut-palm-ganoderma-potassium-deficiency-ly-nothing/
I had mostly been reassured of my coconut palm's health as of late. I had been using some solid palm tree fertilizer at the normal suggested amounts, as well as some of the liquid Southern Ag stuff, at the doses recommended for medicating sickly palms. I slowed down applications lately because it looked to be improving. Some of the lower fronds kept dying, but at what looked like a slower rate. Lots of healthy new growth. The fraction of growth which looked healthy appeared to be increasing. Plenty of healthy flowers (no necrosis and I've been watching like a hawk), and fairly few premature nut drops. A full-view photo from today is attached as the first photo. Clearly looks like maybe it was/is sick, but seems better to me than it used to.
If anything besides nutrient deficiency was ever wrong, I think I can safely eliminate LY, because I don't see many of the symptoms, and the decline has been slower than LY ever is. I do still check the trunk for possible ganoderma conks. Haven't seen any.
Well today I was poking around looking for conks, and noticed something that to me looks very concerning. I think I recall seeing maybe the beginning stages of this a month or so, but didn't think anything of it at the time. It looked worse today. I saw what looked to be a part of the trunk that was almost bursting at the base (photo 2). I think most trunks must go through something like this at some point, because it's common to see the exposed roots at the base. That's why I didn't think anything of it the first time. But this time it looked worse... almost rotten? I poked at the base of the 'bursting' part, and noticed I could probably pull of a piece. So I did, so I could see the back (photo 3). Should I have even been able to pull off a piece? It didnt exactly fall off, but it wasnt terribly hard to pull off either. I didn't see anything too concerning... a little bit of white sinewy stuff on the back, but it looks more like fungus in the picture than it did in person... looked more like snail tracks in person.
I then also noticed these little white specks on the roots in this portion of the base (photo 4). Do you recognize those? Are they normal, or some sign of disease?
Lastly, and perhaps most concerning, is what I noticed in the portion of the base just to the right of the 'bursting' portion. It looks almost concave inward, as if its almost buckling under the pressure of the weight of the tree. It was hard to capture in a photo, but I tried (photo 5). Do you see what I mean? Is this concerning to you? Is it common for the trunks to have a little inward notch like this, or is it a sign of very bad things?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Coconut palms 1 year anniversary in the ground San Diego/Tijuana region
Well today is the big day. 1 year in the ground for my golden Malayan dwarf coconut.
What began as a late summer impulsive purchase has turned out to be a great adventure. I am not out of the woods by any means. At this stage it would only take one dip into the low 30's to wipe em out. But still, I am hopeful.
^^Originally planted horizontally on native soil. July 27th 2016.^^
^^Replaced its plot with pure sand and planted it in a vertical manner (yes, a tad bit too close to the fence) August 29th 2016. One year ago to this day.^^
^^ Mirror "Techniques" in order to give them more light/heat throughout those colder months.^^
Well, here is the coconut along with all the other cocos planted between September 2016-Feb 2017.
I would like to say thank you to all the members here for their support, tips and advice.
Especially to Cristóbal for the pure sand idea and Walt for advising me to "tear down that wall". I took out several dog-eared fence planks in order that the cocos get a lot more sun. They have grown exponentially since. I do water almost every day during the summer. The moisture meter reads between 1-2 after 24 hours. In the spring I watered every 2-3 days.
Without further ado, here's the birthday boy. The one that started this whole thing.
^^Narrow garden atop a 24ft. rock-retaining wall^^ (What you see on the other side is my neighbors roof about 5 ft. below wall height)
^^Storebought Mexican tall dehusked golden coco germinated in outdoor bathroom (Nov '16) shown in next pic ^^
As it stands right now:
1 Golden Malayan Dwarf, 2 Green Pacific talls, 1 B. alfredii, 1 Storebought Mexican tall germinated in outdoor bathroom-now greenhaus-lol Nov 16' (golden!!) dehusked, 1 Jamaican/Atlantic tall coco and 1 B. fenestralis.
Except for the golden Malayan dwarf (birthday boy) and the storebought coco, all the talls have half of their leaves pinnate already. Incredible.
God-willing it's going to be a jungle out there.
Thanks again Palmtalk!
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By Florida Grower
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