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Needle Palm Getting There!
My little needle palm I germinated is growing well, but slowly!
Fast growing Dypsis species?
Thinking about what Dypsis to try out on the ranch in Ecuador, are there any that are relatively fast growing given plentiful rain fall year-round with mist in the early evenings, and temps that don't get above 90*F (32*C) or drop below 60*F (15*C)? I can only be there for a couple weeks each year, so they also need to be able to take care of themselves in my absence.
I would like to ask you if you someone have experience with growing Euterpe. What temperatures and air conditions it needs to have fruit? And how old palm starts having fruit? Here in Czech Republic are some corporations which sell those seeds and I want to know something more.
Thanks for replies!
Moisture availability in peat-based mixes
OK, so as I've been monitoring some of my new palm aquisitions, I'm noticing a trend: when the top of the soil even begins to dry out, the plants basically stop growing. A few inches down in the mix all the way to the bottom is still quite wet. As soon as a water them again (thoroughly), they start right back up. Everything is potted, this doesn't apply to stuff in-ground.
Does moisture availability to the plants become low once it's no longer saturated (basically being locked up in the peat)? The soil mix is basically 30% peat, 30% perlite, 30% woodchips/compost and a bit of lava rock.
Do I continue with watering them at the first sign of drying to keep them growing? I'm actually not watering very often, but thoroughly when I do, probably once a week for most stuff. All the roots look very healthy and are starting to penetrate into the new substrate.
Music and palms
I've just read the topic about music and plants. They say, that the classical music has a good effect on growth of plants, more leaves etc... Does anyone has the same experience? Thanks for reading.