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Gophers vs. Voles
I had the opportunity last weekend to talk with Bill (BS Man about Palms) while eating lunch. One topic brought up was the burrowing critters you guys have out west. We don't have burrowing rodents that attack our palm roots here in South Florida. I would be very frustrated nursing a palm along for years to have these destructive guys erasing all that care in a very short period.
Just curious, which of the two do you out west consider the worse case sceario regarding damage to palms? The Gopher or the Vole?
I would gladly give ...
The obsession to grow Coconut palms in California has always bewildered me. I have a fruiting red Matayan and a fruiting Somoan (Fiji) Dwarf Coconut Palms that I would tear out immediately and replace with Jubeas if they could survive here. The Coconut palms are nice, but are so common here. Jubea is such a massive stately palm, I envy those who can cultivate them.
Location, Location, Location
The other day I was in conversation with a Realtor and was asked, "Where is the best place in orange county for building a palm garden?" This really got me thinking. If I were to ever move, where would I want to go based on palms alone, within Orange county of course. I'm in Orange, about 14 miles from the ocean. We can tend to get a bit cool but also fairly hot. I've been here only 2.5 years and have recorded 107. My soil is fairly well draining and rich. The winds and dry air can get downright nasty with 40mph gusts with single digit humidity. I assume that this question is also dependent on what kind of palms. For discussion sake this palm garden would be focused on Dypsis and Pritchardia.
Taking all things into consideration such as temperature, wind events, soil type, sun exposure, microclimate, and geography, where is THE spot.
Looking forward to learning.
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.
R I P Elva West
He was a longtime member of the PSSC and I remember his enormous Hyophorbe langencaulis at his estate in the hills of Anaheim, before they called it Anaheim Hills.