9 posts in this topic
Your First Time Germinating a Palm?
Mine was about a year and a half ago, I believe. I forgot what palm it was, but I remeber the seed sprouted and of course I ended up killing it somehow.
Your Messiest Palm!
What is your messiest palm? Mine at the moment is my Mediterranean Fan Palm.
Coconuts In The Desert?
Is anyone in a desert region growing coconuts? If so how well do they do and do you have any pictures?
Coconut palm surviving(ed) in Sydney
Long time reader, first time poster.
Often, some members have raised the question, and even tried, growing Cocos Nucifera in Sydney. Last July, I have noticed one of these palms at the Royal Botanical Gardens of Sydney. It was very hidden among some other plants (coffee, tapioca, taro...) as you can see in these pics.
When I contacted the RBGS through Twitter they told me the coconut survived 2 winters outdoors and it was on its third. I will always regret sending that tweet because I am pretty sure they were unaware on how the coconut was doing until I pointed.
Just a few days after, in the middle of the Sydney winter, they decided to do an early "spring clean" leaving the poor palm completely unprotected of any kind of canopy. I think they also increased the irrigation. The photos speak for themselves:
And the obvious R.I.P. in October 2016:
Sad. I call this negligence and I never expected from such a respectful organisation like the RBGS.
I'm sure Sydney is given to more spots where coconuts can grow, specially around the Eastern and coastal suburbs. Winter lows hardly fall below 7°C / 45°F (see here) but protection from the rain in the coldest months would be useful to let the plant dormant for a few weeks and so, less prone to cold.
Needle Palm Getting There!
My little needle palm I germinated is growing well, but slowly!