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Translanting considerations for tillering palms
By Brian F. Austin
When I looked at my 5 gal Sabal X Brazoriensis I noticed the small heel protruding from the soil. I didn't know too much about heels, but thought it was best to NOT prune it. But I'm not sure as far as transplanting goes... should the heel be left a certain distance above the soil level? I read to keep the top third of the heel above ground from palmpedia, but how do I even determine the top third without removing the soil around the roots?
I'm new to growing palms and any general tips for transplanting would be greatly appreciated. Like mounding and basins and such.
here's some links I was looking at: http://w3.biosci.utexas.edu/prc/Sabal/saxophone.html
Sabal and massive strangler fig
By Yunder Wækraus
This is one of the most massive strangler figs I've seen this far north.
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!
Sabal x Brazoriensis
By Brian F. Austin
I saw a mature brazoria palm at barton springs for the first time and was amazed at it's incredible mass and huge leaves. They almost remind of green bismarcks or a sabal minor on steroids. I thought sabal mexicanas were cool until I saw this Brazoria. For some reason I assumed this ancient hybrid had a small trunk. Not so.
Anybody here growing these? I would love to see more photos of them.
Here's a picture of it... sorry for the quality... it was taken from the car through the fence with the phone. I'll get a close-up next time I'm over there.
Mystery Cuban Sabal Wild-Collected in 2014
Back in 2014 I took a post-Biennial eco-tour of Cuba. That was before that island supposedly opened to American tourism. During my week on the island I offered asylum to seeds from wild native Cuban palms, esp. for Copernicia spp. In the course of my travel, some of those seeds lost their labels. When I got home I potted up those seeds, including some I labeled "Copernicia sp". Only last year when I repotted some of those seedlings did I realize that some of my so-called Copernicias were Sabals. I don't remember seeing any Sabals during the course of my travels nor did our guides point any out as they concentrated on the really rare stuff. And I didn't examine every single seed I potted or I might have noticed some were actually Sabals. I can only assume that birds may have carried them some distance and they ended up mixed in with the Copernicias. Anyway, I have a total of 7 Sabals from wild-collected Cuban seeds.
My research tells me Sabals native to Cuba are: domingensis, maritima, palmetto, yapa
I also know young Sabals can be difficult to tell apart but I hope someone can give me a clue. I don't have room for all 7 and would like to sell them if possible as I'd probably cry if I have to compost them. The more I know the better chance I have of finding them new homes.
I took photos of one of them today. All are in 3g pots.
Mystery wild-collected Cuban Sabal