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  1. 6 points
    I don’t care that there are more CIDPs than people in the southwest. Still one of my two or three favorite palms. Here is mine in April, then again in October:
  2. 6 points
    Your location will define the limits of what you can use. Can you grow orchids outdoors? For me they are a favorite for mounting on textured palm trunks at about eye level for some eye candy. Lately I have a developing addiction to Vireya, tropical rhododendrons. Vreisea bromeliads are lovely accents for their patterned foliage, and hibiscus are fine for taller accents. Certain gingers are quite lovely; I really like a tall purple flowering one that has variegated foliage. It appeared in the garden on its own, so I hope it doesn't become a management problem. Ti plants are so easy, and come in so many color variations. Examples below -- orchid, ti plant, bromeliads along a path, hibiscus, vireya
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    Here is another oddball in Hempstead,Tx. This one looks closer to Bermudana. It’s leaves are not recurved like the On this thread. I was told by Peckerwood Garden that they were planted in several location across the Deep South like along the train route or something. I am not sure why this one is leaning. My guess is that there was a tree that is no longer there.
  5. 3 points
    It’s -9 degrees Celsius (15 Fahrenheit)this morning in Ottawa Canada, but my Washingtonia Robusta is happy at 8 degrees (46 Fahrenheit) in its winter protection! what is the temperature at your location? And what kind of palms are you protecting this winter?
  6. 3 points
    Got some Winter planting to do. planted a Few Small Dypsis yesterday. Dypsis Affinis Dypsis Bertch Dypsis Pembana What I left Remaining is 4 Chamaedorea Woodsoniana 5ga’s and 15 GA Jubbie Already Planted a 15ga Jubbie a month ago, but got such a good deal on a 15ga Blue Jubbie had to grab it. Forgot, I also found couple Myolensis Kings which are hard to find so now I have every King Species growing in front yard. love being able to plant Year around in San Diego!
  7. 3 points
    I don't fertilize over the winter. It would just be wasted if the trees are not actively growing. April,July,and September are when I apply fertilizer - nothing special - just Arizona's Best citrus food.(plants can't read ) Good idea with adding a little acid for the queen palms. Manganese sulphate is also a requirement for them to help prevent frizzletop. Once queen's get about 10 feet of wood,they seem to develop a myriad of problems in our desert area. aztropic Mesa,Arizona
  8. 3 points
    It's always been one of mine too, I don't even understand some people's obsession with super rare, exotic, limited edition, palms...., unless one is a dealer and in a business, who cares how common they are?! I grew mine from seeds.
  9. 3 points
    I know in the Parks and Rec world there is a rivalry between the two, there is Parks and there is Recreation. Most of us think of them as the same thing but they are not. Recreation is the active part of it, ball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts etc. Recreation includes all the little league and other sports. Parks is much more subtle with its open spaces and landscapes. Many Recreation oriented people think that Parks is wasted space. Sometimes there are certain grants available that pay salaries, buy equipment if you have enough ballfields to meet the grant's levels. This might be part of it. Some federal or state agency or private foundation may be pro ballfield and is holding out the carrot for more to be built.
  10. 3 points
    Achieved almost 100% germination from this lot. They are coming along.
  11. 3 points
    A beautiful Acanthophoenix rouselii and a recently trimmed “California coconut”
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  13. 3 points
    Hopefully I get this in the correct order: Dypsis manajarensis crown and Rhopalostylis cheesemanii trying to break through neighbors canopy:
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    It’s also a VERY slow-growing palm, at least once it reaches a certain height. It hasn’t grown much since 1994, when Tom McClendon discovered it (pictured). It sure does remind me of bermudana, but the seed size matches palmetto. Quite an oddball, indeed!
  16. 2 points
    DYPSIS PEMBANA: seeds from @NatureGirl and seedlings from @PalmatierMeg I used a converted ice chest with 40 watt drop light, lid raised 1+ inches and the temp. is 85 deg. F 24/7, 50-50 Peat / Perlite mix, open plastic tub (no drainage so moisture is more critical - so no standing water, heavy misting daily). Photo is 1 month after first sprout. I HAVE A WAY TO CAUSE THE DEATH OF SOME OF THESE SEEN AND THOSE PURCHASED FROM MEG.....I use 16 oz. styrofoam cups with 4 drain holes in the bottom for potting up from the community pot, moist soil mix, poke a finger hole to allow roots to lower and put more soil mix around those roots.....BUT I LEARNED THAT I DO NOT PACK ENOUGH OF THE SOIL AROUND THOSE ROOTS, so an air pocket is present causing the death. I am making the mix a little more moist and pushing the outer most soil inward on the roots. The family photo of germinated seeds and seedlings was taken in September and most are now creating their 3rd set of leaves.
  17. 2 points
    I used baggy method, sphagnum moss with perlite mixed in and dampened. I occasionally spray into the baggy to add moisture, but use a dilute hydrogen peroxide for adding moisture and reduce the probability of them molding. I had a similar issue with Dypsis onilahensis, but success with D heteromorpha and D prestoniana. Ahh... gas water heater in a closet, so I put the baggies in aluminum foil and set on top of the water heater. Still waiting to see what happens with the lanceolata seeds from this season. Your question is almost two parts... which are the easy ones and which are the hard ones that take some unusual tricks or patience. I assumed that I did a poor job cleaning my D onilahensis seeds, but maybe that wasn't the issue.
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    Seems to me that there are a few exceptions for using higher heat with a few of the Dypsis. Baronii and perhaps malcomberi(?) come to mind as germinating better at room temperature. May be others.
  19. 2 points
    Hi ZenMan, You really shouldn't post your address on here in public. PM bill with it. Anyone on the internet can see your name and address now.
  20. 2 points
    You're growing the wrong palms...
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    Just a couple quick color shots from around the garden as I head out the door cheers happy Sunday to all
  22. 2 points
    Hey all, Its a blustery late fall day today and I’m doing some much needed maintenance on the garden. Here are a few things that caught my eye as I did some cleanup. Some Dypsis thingee, possible hybrid:
  23. 2 points
    A pellet gun should do the trick!
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    There are a lot of tropical “companion” plants for palms. If you want that look, many have Bromeliads, Crontons, Ti’s, BoP’s (you mention), Agave’s, Cyad’s, Bamboo, Heliconia’s are just some. One also has to consider your zone of course.
  25. 2 points
    November 28, 2021 After this year's cool summer, growth is less noticeable (although it still produced 4 leaves).
  26. 2 points
    I live just off of lake Brantley, in Longwood FL, about 300 yards West of the lake. There’s a few 20’+ Roystonia regia directly on the waterfront in back yards, (will get photos soon) and this coco just a few blocks away. This coco is on the NW side of the lake, not sheltered much from the main lake affect, I believe.
  27. 2 points
    I usually use pruning shears or loppers, but when that isn't enough:
  28. 2 points
    The IPS board recently approved a tentative tour to Hawaii starting with a welcome dinner on Sunday, October 9, 2022 and ending with a farewell dinner in Hilo on Saturday, October15, 2022. Although planning continues, there is great uncertainty regarding how the pandemic will affect travel.
  29. 2 points
    Finally, someone helping himself to Butia fruit as I post.. Thanks for looking!
  30. 1 point
    Do you guys keep fertilizing over the winter? Specifically for queens. I've also been doing the 1 cup pool acid per 5 gallons of water every 3 months and it seems to have made a difference for the queens. Also this extremely mild summer helped
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    Flooded them through the entire summer and now they are thriving! Thanks everyone!
  32. 1 point
    I agree with Scott above. Some make it and some don’t. The Royal I bought from @aztropic is still doing well. Grew some this summer.
  33. 1 point
    Yes, very fragrant....the scent wafts up and down the street and throughout my yard.
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    Everything is sold, thanks.
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    They are doing great . It might be where I live and my internet I am having trouble downloading pics but here a a couple of them. Florabunda has a few but limited amount
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    Here is the ficus at Palomar. This guy is growing fast.
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    Funny, up until a few years ago the neighbor on the other side of the fence had numerous large pines right against the fence. Between the roots and the pine needles, palms were almost un-growable in this area. So among the palms I planted was this one from a seed collected at mission bay a dozen years ago. It survived to see the pines cut down and is on its way now. It’s a perfect size right now. I’ll reassess one year at a time!
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    Here’s a pic of me with the same Dick Douglas Jubea, just having a little fun (photoshop)
  39. 1 point
    I've got 5 gallon plants,5 years old, I grew from seed I collected from the blue jubaea in San Diego. I've found that even 15 gallon size Jubaea plants (3 different times) I brought back from CA growers, would ALWAYS die in our humid monsoon season of July/August. I have only been successful with this species by growing from seed I collected myself from the 1 Blue Jubaea in Mission Bay,(San Diego) CA. The ones I've got as survivors that I grew from seed, are over 5 years old,in 5 gallon pots,and still growing strong. The weakest seedlings have already checked out. There are some good sized specimens in Tucson ,AZ,but I suspect the 20 something seedlings I have already sold locally, may one day be able to make statements in the Phoenix,AZ landscape. I DO have 1 of them planted in my own back yard from my 5 gallon stock. Collecting the seed yourself,then growing it on yourself,is the ONLY way to know exactly what you have. Buying from growers, that are buying from unscrupulous seed sellers,only have second hand information. Unfortunately,... there are seed collectors that will label their seed as whatever is currently the "must have" species.Get to KNOW your grower to be SURE of what you are buying. aztropic Mesa, Arizona
  40. 1 point
    The largest diameter one in SF is in the Sunnyside Conservatory on Monterey blvd. I measured it several years ago at 51 inches dbh. ( 130 cm )
  41. 1 point
    Could be 3 to 4 feet diameter,but would guess 3 ft or less in Arizona. aztropic Mesa,Arizona
  42. 1 point
    Oh, you mean these guys! Tim
  43. 1 point
    Ha! Back in the day you best not remind my native Californian parents how their homeland was destroyed by non-Californian transplants from "Back East." Did you know people from "Back East" steal the best California produce for themselves and leave the dregs for Californians. It's true - gotta be! I heard it myself on a news report on a San Francisco TV station back in 1981.The prices of avocados and artichokes had soared to $1.00 for 10. Oh, the humanity!
  44. 1 point
    No, don't need any protection. I'm borderline 7b/8a and have got one in my yard that's about 4 feet tall. One in a while a nearby nursery gets them in. Could have bought ten 3-gallon plants for $30/each a couple years ago but I procrastinated. This one gets a little shade from the house and a gingko tree. Might dig it up and divide it sometime, but the needles are wicked.
  45. 1 point
    wow! heres a few more photos in Pahokee . not too much interesting was planted besides the Coconut and Lines and lines of royals . Did see this Alexander palm with a larger crown though . of course the hundreds of ancient royals many the size of the few original Edison plantings in Ft Myers \ Another view of the Giant Coconut . It is on the center right side in the photo. Notice the height compared to the nearby royals
  46. 1 point
    @Dave-Vero, if you can, try to see the San Diego Botanical Gardens. They're about 30 miles north of the airport, but lawdy miss clawdy . . . .https://www.sandiego.org/members/parks-gardens/san-diego-botanic-garden.aspx OOPS I missed it. Try if you can, and bring a swooning chaise for all the plants, palms included. Oh yes.
  47. 1 point
    Basselinia pancheri Raphia farinifera Tom's Parajubaea torallyi with Tom for scale! Loxococcus rupicola!
  48. 1 point
    Are you going to crunch the resulting data and publish a scientific study with the results? I am 100% certain that my generation of my family are the first to have close encounters with palms. Current: 32.42N San Diego, California, USA, no native palms, but those that have become weeds: Washingtonia robusta and Phoenix canariensis Birth: 34.943N Santa Maria, California, USA, no native palms, but the most commonly seen is Phoenix canariensis, well established in the area Furthest south lived: 19.4725N Leilani Estates, Hawaii, USA, Pritchardia sp., climate is hospitable to most tropical palm species. Furthest north lived: 43.5297 Aix-en-Provence, France, no native palms and I don't recall seeing any in town or surrounding areas. Maternal surname bearing ancestor: 59.3293 Stockholm, Sweden (largest percentage of parental DNA traceable to a single locale) no native palms.
  49. 1 point
    Congratulations! The instant gratification of planting a tree of at least a foot or two in size is nice, but the ultimate satisfaction of starting plants from seed is immense. This forum is great for inspiration. It helps my imagination to picture a trunk from what my eyes report as a tiny sprout! And I have more fingers than palms of the two foot size or larger that I have personally planted on my farm. Easier on the pocketbook too....
  50. 1 point
    If I had listened to the long list of tropicals that aren't supposed to grow in Virginia, I wouldn't have 3 skylights, then 2 backyard greenhouses, then a farm in Puerto Rico. I wouldn't have ever visited this website nor gone to Thailand for the Biennial. It is useful to me to read what is easy and what is hard to impossible. Then I can have the proper mixture of "quick fixes" that I can stick in the ground and do nothing such as culinary bay (Laurus nobilis) and real challenges such as clove trees (Syzygium aromaticum) that I ultimately had to get the farm in PR to grow well. So if I want to grow xeric plants in PR, I'll have to protect them from rain and they will probably never look as good as the ones in SoCal. Will I still try? Yes, I already have a few under eaves in pots as a test. So please keep telling me what palms I probably shouldn't grow so I don't think it's my brown thumb if they die. I do want to avoid costly mistakes as well. However, when I do succeed, even with no fruit, such as cacao (Theobroma spp.) in Virginia, I can show them off in the tropicals forum. So keep posting those Coconut pictures wherever you live and I'll be wishing you all the best!



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