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Trachy petioles not extending out from crown
I have a 7' trachy fortunei that I planted in March this year. It was Balled and burlapped. The pal petioles do not seem to extend out of the crown area. it has about 4 that are not extended but bunched around the crown. Will it grow out of this or is there any thing I can do to help it. It has been watered well and new spears are coming in. It has also had osmocote & Epson salt.
What temp to bring indoors potted Trachycarpus fortunei
For a potted Trachy in a large plastic 28" pot (double wall with 1" air pocket), around 1.5 feet of trunk what temp would you bring it indoors to prevent roots from damage?
Seed grown Palm collection
A few pictures of some of my current Palm collection. Very pleased with the growth. For the most part they have been slow to start but now some are getting bigger they are putting on faster growth
Pretty Little Things
By JT in Japan
I got these seeds from Gary in May 2013, and they were unknowns (not part of my order). Gary guessed some time ago that they might be Trachy Tesan. Any guesses if he is right? One of them (4th pic) is certainly different from other two (slender leaves, faster to pinnate...). They're almost 3 years from germinating now, so not really fast, but they sure are pretty at this stage.
Trachycarpus Fortunei spear partially pulled!
I am new to the forum. I have been growing palms on and off for a good portion of my life, and have recently moved into a new home where I have planted a few palms in the yard. Among them are Sabal Minor, Rhapidophyllum Hystrix and also Trachycarpus Fortunei. I live in the northern Atlanta suburbs and there are many fine examples of Trachycarpus that thrive in our area. We are zone 7b according to the 1990 USDA zone map, the 2010 map places my location right on the border of 7b and 8a.
I purchased a distressed T. Fortunei from a local garden center back in April and immediately planted it into the yard. It was in very sad shape with many yellow fronds -the lower fronds being completely brown and dried- but I thought I would give a shot and see if I could rescue the palm. It was actually quite irresistible to try since the palm has a few feet of trunk and was priced reasonably given its condition. When I planted the palm into the ground I did not locate any healthy looking roots, and it appeared the palm had lost its roots during transplant, and I believe it was field dug. I didn't mess around with the rootball as I did not want to injure any existing roots which may still be there.
Since April, the palm has been sulking - and I have not seen any new growth above the trunk of the palm. I have been watering it regularly (nearly daily, never letting the soil dry out completely, but also not having the palm sit with wet feet) and also applying SuperThrive in hopes of stimulating root development and helping the palm establish for the winter. The spear of the palm however was a very light green/grey and brown color. I checked the palm for spear pull a few times and each time the spear remained festly attached to the palm and would not pull. The newest spears opened prematurely and both have a lush, deep green color.
Over the months, the upper fronds have begun to shrivel some and are taking on a bit of yellow, but this process is very slow and I have attributed it to the lack of roots. However, just yesterday I checked the newest spear and it partially pulled. By partially I mean that the individual leaflets of the spear seemed to have detached from the palm about 3/4th the way down, but the bottom section of them are still attached to the palm and do not pull. I have begun to treat it with hydrogen peroxide.
I am concerned if I should leave the palm in its current state or if I should do the drastic surgery and cut a few inches off the top of the palm and check to make sure the main growth point has not rotted. I am tempted to leave it as is - and hope that the palm will recover from this and manage to establish itself by winter, but if the palm is rotting I would be simply wasting my time with this project I am afraid.
What do you all think would be the best course of action for this palm? Leave as is, or perform surgery? It is getting fairly late in the year being July, so any advice would be greatly welcomed. The images I have attached show the growth point before and after the pull, as well as the individual pulled pieces from the spear.