Pritchardia pacifica

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I recently was given Pritchardia pacifica seed, which I'll be planting soon. The problem is that our winters are too cold to grow this species in the ground, so I'll probably keep these potted for as long as I'm able to. Does anyone have any experience with these in pots, or more specifically indoors? I bet those large leaves would look great indoors. 

 

Thanks for any input!

 

-Josh

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1 hour ago, Jdiaz31089 said:

I recently was given Pritchardia pacifica seed, which I'll be planting soon. The problem is that our winters are too cold to grow this species in the ground, so I'll probably keep these potted for as long as I'm able to. Does anyone have any experience with these in pots, or more specifically indoors? I bet those large leaves would look great indoors. 

 

Thanks for any input!

 

-Josh

JDiaz: I've no experience with the species you mentioned, but I've grown this Pritchardia hillebrandii 'Blue Dwarf' in a pot for years. It spends summers outside in shade and overwinters in my sunroom. I've found this species continues to grow, even in low-light conditions indoors. Not a trace of blue in the leaves yet. (see discussion http://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/9404-pritchardia-hillebrandii-blue-dwarf/)

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55 minutes ago, Hillizard said:

JDiaz: I've no experience with the species you mentioned, but I've grown this Pritchardia hillebrandii 'Blue Dwarf' in a pot for years. It spends summers outside in shade and overwinters in my sunroom. I've found this species continues to grow, even in low-light conditions indoors. Not a trace of blue in the leaves yet. (see discussion http://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/9404-pritchardia-hillebrandii-blue-dwarf/)

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Thanks for the input! And from what I read, they are generally slow growers (perhaps pacifica is not?) so they should live a long life as potted plants before they become too large. 

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They like sun and heat,and are damaged below 45 degrees .But will recover when it gets some warm weather.

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I am curious of this as well. Being in Naples East of I-75, I get occasional frosts in the winter. Sometimes hard frosts, though not for the past 2-3 winters. Anyhow, I also plan to keep my two P. pacificas in pots for as long as I can. I have two one gallons.

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We had one here in Sydney for a couple of years. Grew it from seed before we realized that it could not actually live here.

We bought it in every winter, and moved it around from warm rooms at night

to sunny windows in the day and outside when warm.

After a few years we got tired of that and gave it to someone from up in Queensland. 

But to answer your question, yes the plant was happy enough in the pot getting that treatment.

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I snapped this photo on a trip to Natal, Brasil a few years ago.  I believe it's P. pacifica and it seems to be doing quite well in a container.  I haven't been able to germinate any of the seeds I collected, but I don't think they were very fresh.  Hope you succeed - I think these are awesome palms!

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I had one grown from seeds in the bathroom with less light for a few years. But then it became to big so I decided to move it outside in summer and back into the house in autumn. Last autumn it suffered a short cold spell and lost nearly all leaves. Now it's out again and starts to come back slowly. Not worth a picture actually :wacko:

But I can confirm it's an excellent palm for indoor cultivation.

Eckhard

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