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Lanai Container Garden Fall Reorganization
Days have gotten shorter and rains stopped even though the weather is unusually hot and humid. But our bi-annual cleanup and reorganization of the tropical palm container garden proceeds. We emptied the lanai of everything except my huge Areca catechu dwarf, swept up loose debris, pressure washed the concrete, then soaked it overnight in bleach water. Yesterday I returned the tropical container palms to dollies or plastic shelving units (I don't let any pots sit directly on concrete, which can conduct cold in winter or stay wet after rain). I repotted and staked palms as needed, then watered them with Merit imidacloprid powder dissolved in water. My Cham metallicas were already developing mealybugs. I still have to fertilize and spray miticide to ward off spider mites that thrive in cool, dry weather. I tie lengths of fluorescent plastic ribbons on all highly cold sensitive palms to aid IDs when I have to move them indoors on cold winter nights. A lot of work but necessary if I want to keep palms healthy.
I took the following photos this evening.
Sabal minor Emerald Isle Giant w/seeds: any interest?
About 4-5 years ago I got this Sabal minor from Plant Delights in NC. S. minor Emerald Isle Giant is a variant of Sabal minor whose ancestors were rescued from a construction site near Emerald Isle, NC. It is notable for growing very large (up to 7' tall and 10' wide) with exceptionally blue 5' wide leaves. It is slow growing even compared to other Sabals. My mother palm is flowering and setting lots of seeds. Is there any interest for germinating and growing this palm on the forum? If so, I will clean them when ripe and post them for for sale. This is a very beautiful Sabal and quite cold hardy (see photos below). The rescued ancestors have been growing in Raleigh, NC.
Sabal minor Emerald Isle Giant, Cape Coral, FL
Naturalized Florida Coconut(?)
I believe this is naturalized, I found this when looking around on street view in inland South Florida. https://email@example.com,-80.8995018,3a,62.5y,351.69h,94.44t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sHWqyr5gpKPWrnnVv8ObX2A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
Bloemfontein Palm Garden II
A recently completed addition to my garden in Bloemfontein. I planted three Trithrinax campestris & a Livistona decora. I'll add ground cover etc later.
Bloemfontein Palm Garden
My garden is situated against an East facing slope of Grant's Hill in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Bloemfontein has hot dry summers (summer rainfall) and cold winters down to -10 degrees Celsius. My garden's microclimate is more a 9b though. My lowest temperature this past winter was -0.9 degrees Celsius. The flat ( lower lying areas) recorded -9 degrees Celsius.
I moved into this house about 3 and a half years ago. The beginnings of the garden was cleaning up and eradicating alien invasive species and weeds. I started in the back and concentrated on South African indigenous plants. Now that that is settled I'm starting to add palms. The front and sides are now only starting with cleanup and planting in some areas.
i have 33 palm species thus far. Herewith some pictures. I'll add as the summer and the garden progresses.
These three pics are of the back garden planted with SA plants: