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Short video. The only day of rain we have had (until now) this winter.
Video taken Jan 9th 2018
Rain began at noon lasted till dawn. We had a break right before 5pm, took this short quick video.
Temps dipped to 8C/46F right before dawn the next day. So I turned on the IR heat lamps from 4pm (9th) till 9am (10th). It's probably overkill, but I must admit, this winter (knocking on wood), has been very benevolent with us. Days in the 70-80's and nights in the 50's. This time last year, I had the coconuts completely covered. I think last years winter rainfall was a record-setting one.
So far, I have set up the tarps only to deflect the cool rain from pelting directly onto the coconuts.
This weekend they're calling for 80's again.
The video abruptly ends with with a bad shot of the 6-month old unprotected Adonidii merillii seedling.
As I said, a quick video. As of 1:20pm pst, we are at 24C/75.2F (Jan 11, 2018)
Seeding time again.
Well, now I can't kick the habit. It's that time of year again. I went to the supermarket in San Diego and I could not resist picking up four dehusked coconuts. Two dark and two "white". They all have the same brand. They're from Mexico. But this time they don't specify east or west coast. They're big. So they're the tall variety.
Disclaimer: you can take coconuts into Mexico as part of ones' groceries.
It's against my better judgment to germinate these little fellas, since I have no room to grow them. Here again, it's become a habit of mine.
I soaked them in a 5 gallon bucket. Two of them sank, almost instantly. One white and one dark. The other two floated. Yes, all were checked for cracks and made sure they had plenty slushing water inside before purchasing.
But let's see what happens.
Here are the pics.they are now in my "greenhaus".
Btw, this winter hasn't had winter weather. We've been hitting mid 80's these past several days.
It's 11am (pst) and we're at 81f.
Leland Fletcher garden Palm Society of So California visit
I'm sure there are other photos, but thought I might share some of the highlights for me from Mr. Fletcher's garden. Thank you to the PSSC for organizing the visit and Leland Fletcher for opening his garden.
Sabal Growth Rate
By The Steve
I planted this as a big boxed palm, 3-4 years ago. It's grown much faster than I had expected. Photos maybe spaced a year apart? It's about 30 inches at the base, with boots.
Planted a few years ago, for a neighbor. This thing has been a surprising grower, as well. Planed as a big 5 gallon, maybe 2 years ago, it now has 4' wide (1.3 meter?) fans.
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!