Okay, so I have been a palm enthusiast and exotic gardener for about 4 years now. Most of my palms are still quite young/small, as I am only 26 years old, therefore it's not like I have been growing palms for 20 years or anything. I have only been doing it for a few years.
At 51N, in the southeast of England, the climate can be a bit of a challenge for me. Summers are generally pretty warm here, but winters can get cold as I am inland, away from the coast. Growing my favourite palm types, such as Phoenix & Washingtonia, can be a bit of a challenge here. Fortunately this winter has been pretty mild for us. Last night the low was 10C (50F) and today we reached a high of 55F (13C). Considering we are in the middle of winter, at lat 51N, that is pretty good weather. We haven't actually had a frost yet, in 2019. But on average, I can generally expect a frost on 1 in 8 winter nights, and I average around 30 frosts a year in total.
The reason for a lot of my palms being containerised is that I am planning to move house in the not too distant future, and I want to be able to take most of them with me. I don't want to go to the effort of planting them in the ground, then having to dig them back up again. Or having to leave them behind altogether. Hence all the pots. I'm sure people will understand.
All the photos below were taken on 13/01/2019...
Trachycarpus Princeps Hybrid
Cordyline 'Pink Passion'
Another Fortunei - some don't handle the wind well at all, and have less robust fronds...
Trachycarpus Takaggi & Chamaerops Vulcano
Cordyline 'Red Star'
Cordyline Australis, Butia Eriospatha & Jubaea Chilensis
Phoenix Canariensis - grown from seed and very hardy. It doesn't show any damage at -5C and has survived -8C in a pot, with minimal frond burn.
Washingtonia Filibusta & Filifera seedlings (6-9 months old)
Washingtonia Robusta seedlings (2 months old)
Assorted Cacti planter - this stays outdoors all winter, but is protected from rain and excess moisture by overhead shelter, as they MUST be kept dry in winter.
Opuntia Microdaysis (bunny ears cactus) - also remains outdoors year round and can take -5C no problem.
Citrus Calamondin - I bring my citrus indoors if an overnight frost is forecast, to keep it actively growing and fruiting. It hasn't come indoors yet in 2019, and is now flowering again due to the mild, spring like temperatures.
Serrano Pepper - I also bring the peppers indoors on nights that frost is forecast, to keep them producing. This one has actually taken a few light frosts, to no ill effect.
Lovely sunset tonight...
I have been using promix hp and adding more perlite as my main potting mix. A couple problems I am running into are that when dry, its so light weight that a small gust of wind knocks them over and if not watered enough, the soil locks up and doesn't allow good water saturation throughout all the roots.
I've heard that adding silica sand into the mix can help with both problems I am dealing with...
Does anyone use silica sand in their mix? If so, any suggestions on where to bulk purchase?
Any other ideas?
Thanks so much!!
I'm not a big fan of Mediterranean fan palm. But I came across this weird looking chamaerops humilis that i found to be interesting. There a ton of mediterranean palm around the town and city but I have not seen one like it.
What is your favorite palm that tends to be scrubby and more low lying (typically) in habitat? Mine is the Sabal minor, simply because I love the looks of them and because they are hardy here. What is yours? It does not have to be hardy!
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