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By Chester B
I've yet to visit southern Oregon, but a quick scan of google maps showed some a real nice CIDP in Gold Beach. As far as I know these are the northern most ones in North America. I have a feeling their range may be creeping slowly Northward.
Fall Palms Update
So far we got down to 23 degrees F. All of the palms (of course) are fine. Some get pretty big over the summer, especially my needle palm, it was covered by the bananas, and now that I can see the while palm, it got really big, much bigger than it looks in the pictures.
S. louisiana Bluestem
I decided to move a little (one zone) out of my comfort zone and try out S. louisiana Bluestem. I just got these 1 gallons from Mail Order Natives and they look very healthy with a good size root ball. They'll spend the winter in pots and then get planted in the Spring.
For many years I've played it safe with the pretty much bulletproof dwarf palmetto, needle and windmill palms. If we get a truly zone 7a winter after they go in the ground these bluestems may be toasted, but I'll chance it.
Does anyone else have experience with S louisiana in zone 7a?
What do you think of my protection method?
Here's how I'm attempting to protect my palms: I wrapped a couple of little filiferas in Christmas lights and attached a thermo cube. I've done this to just the trunk before and it was fine, but in my climate I can expect total defoliation every year. I'm trying to avoid that by binding the fronds and wrapping all the way to the top.
Is there any way this will backfire on me?
Fruit on Sabal minor heading into fall
This summer I finally got two of my Sabal minors putting out fruit. All the seeds have firmed up but are still green and aren't fully ripe. Unfortunately we are in fall and while we haven't had a frost yet it won't be long. Will they ripen when we reach low temps and if not if I remove them and let them dry will they still be viable for propagation?