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Anybody have any ideas for a Northern Virginia zone where the Arecaceae family is concerned? I tried an unknown garden variety one but with no success. I'm limited here but would like to round things out with a feather palm addition...so far, Trachy, needle, sabals McCurtain and brazoria and Mediterraneans are doing fine...any suggestions?
Trachy Winter Behavior
Hello folks...I'm new here and had a question. This past winter, mild by any standard in Northern Virginia, however...we did have a couple 17 degree F. nights followed by below or near 32 degree F. Days... I noticed my Trachy's leaves folded up like a closed accordion at night but would open slightly during the day. Once the cold snap passed, they opened up as usual. My question: Is this a sign of dodging the bullet of death or is the folding up a natural, protective reaction that can be repeated in a normal No. Va. Winter?...this is it's 4th winter in ground and the first that it got too big to protect...all it got was an umbrella over the crown and a 50w spotlight on the trunk, but it's never gotten more than a loose burlap corral with a burlap roof and some c9 lights laid out on the ground (winter 2014)
North Texas Nannorrhops
By Ben OK
I mentioned (in another thread about Sabal mexicana) some mature nannorrhops I saw several years ago in Paris TX, when I was driving through. Rather than post more about them in a thread about Sabal mexicana, I thought I would give them a thread. Here they were the week between Christmas and New Year, 2012:
The quality isn't great because I didn't have a great phone camera back then.
Anyone else have experience and/or pics of nannorrhops in zone 8 or colder they would like to share?
Yet another Sabal mexicana survives a south central Kansas winter!
Checking around the yard today, I noticed something very surprising on a palm I had given up for dead...this Sabal mexicana was planted as a one gallon strapling last summer, northeast side of the house (I know, worst place to plant palms, but I'm out of room! ). When winter came, I didn't have the means to protect it, as I had several other larger palms I wanted to keep healthy, so I said goodbye to it and gave it up for dead...and it appeared so as of last week, completely brown, so I planned to dig it out and replace with something else. I'm glad I waited, as today, I noticed this:
It lives! It may not look like much, but here in Kansas, I'll take what I can get...I love experimenting with different palms, some of them are far hardier than given credit for!
Happy spring to those in the Northern Hemisphere, to those in the southern hemisphere, well, I wish you as happy a fall as can be!
Trashy Spear Fully Pulled
Well... My Trachy spear pulled from the worst cold snap we have had here, the funny thing is my Butias, Mediterranean Fan Palm, and of course my Needle Palm are all thriving right now. I put most protection on the trachy and it is having the problem. The inner spear pulled but some fronds on the outside are green. Will it survive or is it likely dead?