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Sabal minor 'McCurtain' Street View
I looked around southern McCurtain county, Oklahoma and found some palms on street view in Google Maps. It is like an online Easter egg hunt!
Sabal minor Chipola Dwarf: another super dwarf Sabal
Last week I received seedlings from yet another super dwarf Sabal minor. This one is Chipola Dwarf from Marianna in NW FL. One of my seedlings is starting to go palmate. This palm is a bit larger than the better known Bountstown Dwarf and Wakulla Dwarf. It is a bit larger than those two palms (18" high x 30" wide). Adults can reach 5' high x 2' wide. All three dwarfs can be found within 50-75 miles of Tallahassee and SE, SW and NW of it. I've been looking for this one for quite a while without success. I moved them into 2g pots. Right now they don't look particularly distinctive but I look forward to growing them. These tiny Sabal minor dwarfs have promise for cold winter climates and can be easily protected. I know of someone in the Midwest who grows Blountstown in a pot and had them seed successfully. Very cool little palms that should be more easily available. However, tiny palms don't produce bumper crops of seeds. My largest Blountstown has not produced even 100 seeds in a crop. This year, probably because of our severe drought, it has not flowered at all. Enjoy.
Sabal minor Chipola Dwarf
Got 10 washingtonia robusta as a "free gift". After 2 weeks, every single one germinated. I ordered some phoenix theophrasti seeds from another vendor. What arrived looked more like dactylifera, with the elongated seeds ~2cm with pointy edges. I decided to keep them and get theophrasti seed from another source. So far, 5 of them have germinated and are sending up their first leaf. I picked a few sabal minor seeds from a blue plant at a botanical garden, and one of the seeds has just broke the ground. Enjoy!
Do I Buy S. Minor 'McCurtian' or a "Normal" S. Minor?
I was originally planning on ordering some Sabal minor 'McCurtian' to plant here soon, but, I have read that Sabal minor 'McCurtian'defoliate quicker than other Sabal minor ecotypes. I am on the boarder of zone 7a/7b in Virginia, so wouldn't any Sabal minor be "bulletproof" here?
Sabal minor At Their Range Limits?
Anyone have any pictures of native Sabal minor at just about their fattest northern ranges? I want to see more Sabal minors at their limits, inspired by this awesome thread: http://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/52756-sabal-minor-in-habitat-mccurtain-county-ok/