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NEW EDITORS: January IPS Newsletter
All about Chilean Wine Palm! What to do for yellow palm leaves? Read it here in the monthly newsletter of the International Palm Society, featuring our new editors, Francisco Daniel Meza Rengel and Kevin Hrycay.
Tropical Garden in Imperial Valley
I recently purchased a home with a double lot in Brawley, CA...and the yard was a blank canvas. I have seen some tropicals here and there around Imperial County, so I thought I would give it a try.
I have planted two 6 foot Roystonea Borinquenas, several Royal Poincianas, an African Tulip tree, a Keitt Mango, two Biscmarckia palms, quite a few Sea Mahoe trees, a Black Olive (Bucidas bucera), Plumeria and some Ponytail palms. Oh, and a Tipu tipuana tree as well.
Does anyone have experience growing these types of trees in the lower desert heat/cold? I am in a solid 9B zone. There are regular light frosts here in the winter, however I have seen large fruiting Mangos and Royal Palm trees in the area....so I figure if I baby the trees through their first few winters they should do well.
I would love to hear others' stories and experience since most people that try tropicals are on the coast in cool zones.
Butia capitata yellowing
By County Ag Agent
Dear Palm Enthusiasts, I am new to this blog...frankly I have never been on one. I have over 250 cold hardy palms on my 1/4 acre of land in Las Cruces, NM. Our elevation is 3,850' and it is in the Chihuahuan Desert. I can grow palms very well despite our rainfall of <8", unlimited sunny skies and lack of water. However I am having a problem that I just cannot seem to correct. I have four Pindo Palms planted in a palm garden along with Brahea armata, Jubaea chilensis, Butiagrus and Chaemerops humilis var. cerifera. The trouble is that while all of the other palms look spectacular, the Pindo's have yellow new growth that continues past maturity. I have Pindo's in my front yard and they are fine. I have applied potassium, boron, magnesium, manganese, zinc and iron to the palms with only slight success wiith the EDDHA Chelated iron. I have given them balanced palm fertilizer as well. This has been going on for three years now. The palms have been very well fed as per the others surrounding them. They have been watered properly and not overfertilized. they are growing well, but they are not the color you'd expect with a healthy Pindo. I am the Horticultural Agent for the county and I have been diagnosing and growing plants for over 40 years...yet I cannot figure out why I cannot improve these palms. The palms were purchaased at different times and all were healthy when planted. I have suggested to the IPS that a data base be formed by the IPS that contained healthy leaf analysis of all the palms of the world so that sick palms would have a standard to diagnose from. Therefore, I am opening up a two parted discussion. Any suggestions?
Post your prettiest weed
By Cindy Adair
I had one of these for years in a pot in Virginia Beach that I carefully tended to and gave space in my greenhouse. I knew it would probably never bloom but I'd seen photos in my books and wanted one anyway.
Now my husband machetes them down right and left and they come back stronger when we next visit Puerto Rico. He has declared war on them but I think he will lose. The photo is of one he had just toppled still in flower.
Somehow someone in Virginia left our small one in a pot out when it turned cold a couple of years ago and it died. My husband says it was me, but I'm not so sure. Pretty suspicious to me.
So what's your prettiest weed?