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  1. 18 points
    I germinated these from seeds in 2006. I can’t believe how cool they’ve turned out.
  2. 4 points
    Good article regarding one ( ...of a few, lol.. ) non native trees that almost everyone knows ..or has delt with that might have seemed like a close to perfect landscape option, but quickly revealed it's true colors.. Never liked them at all anywhere i have lived, esp. after seeing what a typical summer Thunderstorm ..let alone historic Ice Storm can do to them.. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/26/us/bradford-pear-tree-south-carolina.html?utm_source=pocket-newtab Flowers might look nice, from a distance ..but stink, and i myself end up w/ headaches whenever i'm near them ( same with X-plitive Ligustrum Privets ).. Good to see they're being banned in more places, and that bounties / incentives are being enacted on eradicating them. Hopefully those areas where the spawn of Bradfords has invaded natural areas can get a handle on these. A great lesson that while humans may try to tinker w/ a plant to try and keep it from reproducing, nature always finds a way to ..be nature.. Don't fall for " this cultivar is sterile/ won't fruit / set seed " bad salesman trap, no mater how " pretty " it might look. Pretty can turn into a curse- filled nightmare pretty quickly..
  3. 3 points
    Please consider visiting the IPS Main Site and reading about the new initiative that the IPS has created to help save palms and native habitat. You can click here for the full background and it's latest effort to save the habitat of the spectacular newly discovered Sabinaria magnifica in Colombia. A brief description is as follow. WHAT IS SAVE THE SPECIES? Our Save the Species effort directly targets rainforest and habitat protection. To do so, we: Provide financial support to in-situ conservation, upkeep, and preservation. Sponsor the ex-situ conservation of Sabinaria magnifica. Enable researchers to continue their scientific inquiries. With your help, we will acquire about 100 hectares of rainforest at La Paloma camp, with an additional 130 hectares to follow. Not only will this result in the successful conservation of Sabinaria magnifica in habitat, but at least another 30 species of palms, along with the “jaguars and wonderful monkeys and toucans.” Read more about the Sabineria efforts HERE.
  4. 3 points
    Hello palmtalkers! I've already had some experience of germinating Butia and now I'm starting my second palm from scratch - Washingtonia, possibly a pure filifera. This is a motherpalm, located in Termez, Uzbekistan. This Washy is 13 years old and it's fruiting for the first time this year. At age of 6-7 it managed to survive an extreme cold snap in february 2014, with a low temperature of -22C (-7.6F), the lowest recorded temperatures in the whole region, and continuous 168 hours of subfreezing temperatures, this is what makes this specimen interesting. These seeds arrived to me Cleaned and soaking in the water
  5. 3 points
    Surviving for now, but ring spacing is decreasing. This is in full sun, on the north side of Peninsula Ave. The adjoining Queens and P. roebelenii are thriving, so I think this gets enough water.
  6. 3 points
    Received four new thermometers with daily min/max recording to place around various parts of the yard. Hoping to see how much temperature varies across my one acre, which has a low lying area next to water, high side with oak coverage and large trees and bamboo on another side.
  7. 3 points
    I'll keep an eye on this palm. Given the health of the other palms on the property, I think irrigation and nutrition probably are fine. This palm appears to have a dedicated irrigation head. As you point out, I think this palm is limited by lack of heat. This climate is intermediate between Jim Denz's in Los Altos, and Darold Petty's in San Francisco.
  8. 3 points
    Keep an eye on my yard thread this spring. If you see any you like, speak up.
  9. 3 points
    They might stand up to some of the windstorms out there a bit better < not a ton better by any stretch though > ( Don't think they fare any better in the Pac. N.W. than back east either. ) but everything else gets to them ..heat, drought, insects that attack stressed specimens, etc.. Think the < cough> "appeal" was more about human desires -in the landscape- rather than properly accessing how tough the trees actually were.. The whole "ideal" of the perfect -sized tree that can fit almost anywhere / won't get too large, etc.. " When you think about it, this sort of thing happens often ..Designers get caught up in " plant fads " like almost anyone can.. Here, Sissoo, African Sumac, and Ficus nitida used to be planted by the dozens in a good % 'age of new sub divisions, until the trees started causing expensive repair issues.. Chilean Mesquite will probably be the next " not as great of an option as first thought " tree that gets planted less and less ( mainly due to how easily they can break up during storms ). Human tinkering is kind of a fine line, imo.. some positives for sure.. but, can look at Fountain Grass as one example where the " ideal " was just a sales pitch.. The so called " sterile " varieties?.. can still seed, and spread.. A hybrid bedding plant that might produce pretty flowers, but doesn't produce nectar for pollinators ( Pentas is a good example ) serves no real purpose other than to satisfy those who are needlessly afraid of stinging insects. Which are often better? Heirloom Tomatoes? or some newer, extensively over bred cultivar? You'll have to do an update next spring w/ the new Opuntias..
  10. 3 points
    That is weird they’ve been tougher out west than east…Agreed overall. Human intervention has its place in plant cultivation for sure, but with huge landscape trees that can damage property I’m not a fan. What was the big push with the Bradfords anyways? Side note I’ve been trying to gather a bunch of opuntia hybrids lately, trying to get a bunch of different bloom colors and different shapes and sizes.
  11. 3 points
    @Ryland It has been an exceptionally cold spell for late autumn/fall here. Certainly one of the coldest I have ever experienced. I mean even St. James Park in central London went down to -2.1C last night. London City Airport had its first frost too with a low of 0C there last night. My lowest here was -1.7C last night. On the whole, very cold for the time of year. Clear skies at night causing severe radiation freezes for most of the UK. Autumn has been pretty mild-warm for us in general this year and pretty good, but this last week has been one of the coldest ends to an autumn in decades. Hardly palm killing temps, but certainly cold for the time of year. I am surprised how cold it got in London especially. Ireland on the other hand escaped it with parts of southwest Ireland not dropping below +9C last night. Part of that is just due to freak luck though as we have a cold northeasterly wind blowing in from Scandinavia and they probably had plenty of cloud cover in Ireland, unlike England and Scotland. The dusting of snow I had yesterday evening has melted by now thankfully and it is currently 3.3C with sunny skies. Cold as hell though with a northeasterly wind still. I’m expecting it to go down to 0C around 6pm this evening, before a warm Atlantic front moves in overnight and lifts the temperature to +10C by sunrise tomorrow.
  12. 3 points
    Never got the appeal of trees that smell like canine excrement.
  13. 3 points
    My Livistona chinensis did a funny thing. I have multiple clusters of them around the perimeter of a large ficus tree. Most are about 12 to 15' tall. Last year I did a major pruning of the ficus tree, and one of the Livistona chinensis that was about 20' tall quickly shot up to over 35' tall once it got more sunlight with the ficus canopy partially removed. The other Livistona chinensis nearby did not have this sudden growth spurt. The one on the upper right is the one that shot up.
  14. 3 points
    A few from the Christina neighborhood. Dypsis lutescens ~20ft. Large Delonix regia: Adonidia merrillii: Roystonea regia in flower:
  15. 3 points
    My primary methods: Typically use 50/50 standard potting mix/vermiculite or perlite, especially for the smaller seed species. Keep it moist, either baggy or open air, and crank the temperature to about 90F. Make sure to keep about an inch or two of potting medium between your seeds and the bottom of the container or bag if you're using a heat mat. This is what I used for the batch of Teddy Bears I shared with you and just pulled two germinated seeds out of the bag. For larger seeds like Dypsis decaryi, you can grab a bag of the cheap big box Orchid moss, cut the top of the bag and dump a 24 oz. cup of water in and let it soak for about 10-15 minutes. Grab a handful of the soaked orchid moss, put your thumb from your opposite hand longways across the orchid moss, squeeze hard until all of the water comes out. The orchid moss will still be moist, but not wet. Lay a bed of this in the container or baggy, set the seeds on top, then grab another handful of orchid moss and repeat for the top dressing.
  16. 3 points
  17. 3 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
  18. 2 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:
  19. 2 points
    Likely "Green Maylayan dwarf". Welcome to PalmTalk. Coconuts want lots of light, heat and humidity. You should consider grow lights, a small space heater and humidifier. My son lived in Montgomery County for years and I'm a Washington, DC native so I know that area well.
  20. 2 points
    Foxtails suffer from frequent nutritional issues. Don't under fertilize and provide extra micronutrients. If you are in the SF Bay Area lack of regular heat may also cause slower growth and shorter internodes. Foxtails also don't deal well with cool/chilly weather. A very needy palm
  21. 2 points
    I had two of the accursed trees, fortunately I have almost no sense of smell so they didn't bother me or seem all that different from the other flowering plants. Last winter we had a historic ice storm and things got ugly. There might have been 30+ of them in my neighborhood that the city planted back in the mid 90's. Now there's less than ten, and for those that didn't properly remove the trunks they are suckering like crazy.
  22. 2 points
    Here's one to compare that's about the same age,I grew from seed, entirely in Arizona. About the same size,but unfortunately,I can't let mine show it's true beauty yet,due to space constrictions. Hopefully someday... aztropic Mesa,Arizona
  23. 2 points
    Bradford pear trees get branches ripped off or whole trees toppled here in “normal” storms. Really bad ice storms and tornado related thunderstorms will have the streets littered with branches from Branford’s
  24. 2 points
  25. 2 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!
  26. 2 points
    Scott, that D. decaryi is one of the best examples I have seen!
  27. 2 points
    DYPSIS DECARYI (Triangle Palm). I did NOT germinate these, but purchased them as seedlings from Ed @The Germinator and would like to have him give us the details....These are the strongest, healthiest species I have ever potted up and maintained as I have NOT LOST A SINGLE PALM. ONLY A GUESS FROM ME: It appears Ed filled a 10" container (perhaps a 2 gallon) with his soil mix, sowed the seeds on top with perhaps a little of the soil mix covering them all and kept his many containers outside in the shade to germinate. First photo is Ed's with donor behind the container. Next photos are day one of repotting each as individuals. The vertical height is 24 inches and almost not enough. The last photo shows the ones that have completed second phase of growth.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 2 points
    Sorry, I know I have posted this before but never gets old ( for me.)
  31. 2 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.
  32. 2 points
    Fog rolling in on Seal Beach Pier CA... Butch
  33. 2 points
    A few from last week... The 1st from Seal Beach Pier CA... The second bunch from from desert camping near Ridgcreast CA Butch
  34. 2 points
    Aphonopelma chalcodes i believe, though it could also be Aphonopelma iodius. One of the bug guys will be able to tell you for sure. They’re both equally friendly.
  35. 2 points
    Public park, botanical garden, back yard... 6 of one, half-dozen of the other
  36. 1 point
    Yep, they stink too.. Flowers on male Carob Trees aren't exactly alluring either, lol.
  37. 1 point
    While I mostly agree with everyone's opinions on bradford pear, I find red tip photinia to have the most obnoxious smell.
  38. 1 point
    A Darwin sunset from the Ski Club last night. ( pic by Caroline Brooksby )
  39. 1 point
    They are Good! Normal looking, nice white embryo. You should have only cut one open. A lot of seeds have that ‘brown stuff’ inside.
  40. 1 point
    Hi everyone, I have had the fortune to see some awesome palm gardens lately, looking good after a very wet spring which is unusual for this area. Photos aren't in any particular order, but these first few are from the garden of Will and Margaret Kraa...some of you may know them, but they have an impressive collection which has been thinned out a bit recently, which makes for better viewing IMO. This is in the suburbs of Brisbane. Plenty of lovelies there... Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis canaliculata
  41. 1 point
    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.
  42. 1 point
    Its easy to get into the crown of a Washy but not so easy to get out, thats when the sawing begins... I can sympathize with the squirrel a little bit having been in a similar situation.
  43. 1 point
    Are the petioles armed? I can’t see any teeth even when zooming in although it might just be the photo resolution which makes it difficult to see. If they’re not armed, it probably has to be B. ‘super silver’.
  44. 1 point
    The last picture is I believe Dypsis malcomberi towering overhead.
  45. 1 point
    All in all Great day with a large Crowd, probably largest of year. trying to do my part n grow the club, brought a newbie, and I’ve got another friend hooked and told him about the Mtgs. He couldn’t make it and I told him he truly missed out. A lot of my friends wife’s hate for Getting their husbands the Disease, much like our host wife standing next to me as he buys palms during the auction one after another lol. I always tell them there is a lot worse things in this world to be addicted too, and you never have enough to look at or find a spot. I tell people that think I’m crazy. It’s like a never ending Painting we are always creating and shaping. And over time we can change that painting either a little or a lot as our taste changes or what we want to see. It never gets old to paint a beautiful canvass. It never gets old to see others paintings or creations as the grow in change. Kudos to This Masterpiece.
  46. 1 point
    Here's a drone video made by GMann on the trip,showing more of the Pedernales,DR area,and what we were up against. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3D2Kx4_SlGWOI&ved=2ahUKEwj-ivzqj570AhU5FjQIHcRwCnYQ3e4CegQIPxAm&usg=AOvVaw0P7T8NlCab0YJgIJhURXin aztropic Mesa, Arizona
  47. 1 point
    Just harvested these Wettinia hirsuta seed today….boy they do look similar in markings and size. Tim
  48. 1 point
    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. https://goo.gl/maps/g1DRgMP3ZHR2
  49. 1 point
    Hahaha.. My problem is I don't have a conservatory or outhouse, it's my dining room table (which is in the sunniest corner of the house) which is beginning to look like that... And I'm not sure how much longer I can get away with it with the missus... (I told her it was only for a couple of months, tops, until the "worst of the winter" is over...)
  50. 1 point
    Another half hour south you reach Brookings, Oregon. I found a couple more on Google street view. Too bad it didn't map the whole town. Judging from the aerial views these palms are pretty rare in each town. Why wouldn't you plant one if you could!



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