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Transplanting from earth to pot - thoughts and experiences?
Montengro's excellent thread about digging palm babies and potting them inspired this one.
In my time, I've planted too many (sometimes, way too many) of some palm, to realize later that it was a mistake. Sometimes years later. Sometimes, alas, the best thing is to harden your heart and do chain saw or lopper therapy and just remove the "extras."
Other times, it makes sense to at least consider digging up a palm of suitable size and sufficient rarity and repotting and re-homing, to someone you hope will be a bit more careful than you.
Here's a report on my basic experiences, including good and bad results. The rest of you are strongly urged to jump in and share. Particularly if you disagree, and who knows? Maybe I'll learn something.
Unlike a ground-to-ground transplant, near-continental size rootballs, which muscle-men (and -women) with big cranes recommend, aren't an option. All of the plants were moved with small rootballs, i.e., small enough to shoehorn into a 15 or 20 gallon pot, maybe a 24" box.
DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS "DROOPY"
Once upon a time I planted about 10 of these in the ground, mostly from one-gallons. All grew great, but I wanted some room for other things. So, I dug a couple up with relatively small rootballs and stuck them in 10 and 15 gallon tubs, kept in the shade, watered, and prayed.
And, lo! They survived and thrived without a problem. I eventually dug out most of them, and, eventually, sold them. If you bought one, let me know how it's doing. I hope okay. If not, that's important too.
Once again, 10 plants too many, and once again, dug a small rootball, stuck in pots. And, once again, success! No deaths.
I went yeti-poop and planted too many, and dug up all of them, six. Of these, one died, three have been sold and I still have two.
AFTER DIGGING CARE
Move the pot into the shade, keep moist, but not sodden, and most important, make sure the evil Santa Ana Wind doesn't hit them. Pack the dirt hard in the pot so water stays in and has time to soak the soil and stay long enough for the plant to drink it. If you get the rushing river syndrome after watering, pack in more dirt, repeat, till problem is fixed.
Anyone else have any thoughts?
Selling 10 seedlings for $25. Local pick up preferred. PayPal only. Here is a pic of the mother plant. It was bought as a Dypsis ambositrae which obviously it is not. I believe it to be a form of onilahensis but a unique form. PM if interested.
Question regarding coconut seedlings/young coconut palms
At what point in time (I guess measured by no. of leaves) does a coconut seedling grow "pinnae" leaves?
Also do the bifid leaves in seedlings open "windows" and turn out into pinnae leaves? Or are they completely different leaves altogether?
I hope I make sense with my questions.
Dypsis Onilahensis Seed Germination
By Darrin's Garden
Anyone know when the Dypsis Onilahensis seed is viable to germinate? My seed is green now, do I need to wait until it turns red? Also, what is the best method to germinate them? Thanks!
quick palm tour- and question.
Thought I would post a few pics of my palms. Also, does anyone know what accounts for the discoloration on one side of the hedyscepe? I think it has been discussed before but I cant remember.
I posted the foxtail becuase it's now doing quite well, and I have to take back what I previously said about their performance in so cal.
If you look closely you can see my D. leptocheilos under the canopy of the chamby. I'm told they're slow growers but I've been impressed with its speed.