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  1. 26 points
    Finally! An old tattered frond sloughed off the Dypsis hovomantsina. Mr. D. carlsmith dropped a frond a few weeks ago and made a display but now it has colored up with a red ring. Ooo là là! Nice contrast with the yellow! Elsewhere, in the spiny forest, Verschaffeltia splendida reveals a demure new leaf. I am enjoying these new purchases on the lanai as a spring arrangement together with the nest found on the ground. Soon they will take their chances in the garden. …and a couple of orchids that popped open recently. Post your spring colors here!
  2. 20 points
    I have not posted much over the past year or so but I wanted to share my yard's progress in St. Augustine, FL. I live across the Bridge of Lions in the Davis Shores community, a skinny section of Anastasia Island that jets into the intracoastal across from St. Augustine's famous Castillo de San Marcos. There was luckily no cold damage this year and everything is off to a fantastic start. It is a very special location considering the latitude! Over the past couple of years I have brought up some bigger material from South Florida, so some here may consider that cheating. The light was a little harsh being midday when I took these and I was not aware how much the site would compress everything. Palm List Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Archontophoenix alexandrae Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix purpurea Arenga engleri Bismarckia nobilis Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaerops humilis Dypsis cabadae Dypsis decaryi Dypsis lutescens Gaussia princeps Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Livistona chinensis Phoenix roebelenii Rhapis excelsa Roystonea regia Syagrus romanzoffiana Thrinax radiata Washingtonian robusta Wodyetia bifurcata The REAL king of the house Argena and Archie Chammys as understory plantings Hard to keep the algae out of the pool this time of year! Bottle n Bromes Are non palm pics allowed here? The yellow plumerias just started here if sited in a warm spot. Cunninghamiana that I should have divided when it was much smaller. It is a quadruple clump lol. Wow, this site compresses the crap out of your photos, huh? Palm Forest Royal gained about 2.5 feet gray wood since last year (planting)! Can't wait to see it fill out its crown this year after getting quite tattered this winter and in a November noreaster we had. Got to get the bananas out of here as well. This year's addition's behind the royal. Thankfull FP&L put our electric underground last year so these all have clear shot to the sky. Only low hanging Comcast remains on the pole. I am a firm believer in the "moat method" for getting palms established their first growing season! Try to fill em up as often as possible. One of my favorite views down the back lawn. My zoysia always seem to take forever to get going with a little bit of shade here. Heliconias waking up! Archie triple shooting for the stars out front! Queen n things So many lovely fronds in one picture. Some light oak canopy helps the front yard for frost events. I planted this royal this year in my deceased date palms ex-gandoderma hole. Wish it luck! These cannas are from my childhood in Illinois. They will likely smother the royal a bit during summer. For the succulent lovers. More Bromes! Is this allowed on here? I am serious. Bizzy Baby Hope you enjoyed! See you at CPFACS
  3. 19 points
    Ok. Ok. Undoubtedly there has been a topic titled this before. Was I going to make the effort to look for it? No, but on this day, which was yesterday, a Thursday, I took these pics of my Archontophoenix purpurea. I thought it was looking nice and purple so I am sharing. Share your Archontophoenix purureas.
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    Visiting a friend north of Hilo and was admiring this little grove of A. catechu ‘dwarf’ palms. Such chunky little guys and look great in a grouping. There is absolutely no petiole on the leaves. Fairly small when planted, these are good growers. Tim
  6. 14 points
    A few more random pictures. Will try to take some more soon. I have some pig damage to repair in the front yard. First time in almost 5 years that pigs have been in my yard. So once I clean up, it will give me an excuse to take more pictures. Heterospathe Barfodii is showing off: One of a trio of Bentickia Condapanna in my driveway: Dypsis Basilonga: Dypsis Ampasindavae:
  7. 14 points
    Wow! It's been quite awhile since I've posted updates to this thread. Not much has been planted since the last post as all new palms are being planted or prepared for our new property (new thread coming soon on that project). But the growth continues to amaze me here, so thought I would post some updated pictures. These pictures are from the last 6 months or so. The jungle is filling in: "Big Dypsis" are starting to get big and many are now trunking: Dypsis Prestoniana Hybrid! Even larger now as this is several months old, will try to get another updated picture. Pinanga Coronata wall is succesfully blocking out the road traffic Rocky (the Pit Bull) hanging out with his buddy Oscar (the rabbit)
  8. 13 points
    Well, the box came today. I was home, just finished the lawn, so I cracked it right open…. Stuck my hands deep in the shredded paper, to firmly grasp hold of the palm booty! In my haste, I was suddenly reminded that I ordered a spiny palm this year. Burning pain, and a handful of broken off finger and palm splinters were my reward. I quickly plucked them out, a little wiser from the experience. I continued like a kid on Christmas morning…. Apparently, Jeff ran out of bigger pots, or nobody likes spiny red palms, because he sent me some monster Acanthophoenix rubra. 4x-1gallon. Huge. This year’s palm-crack. The biggest is near 50 inches from soil line to tip of leaf. Red, angry, and violently defensive. Took a beating in shipping, due to the leverage, and very wobbly, so I staked them right away. Hopefully roots are OK. Score! (PS-spines and shredded paper go together like you might imagine) In contrast I also got 6x-4inch Copernicia Hospita. If anyone wants one when they reach 3 gallons, you can contact me in 10 years. They should be just about ready. I will add them to my collection of slow palms. They look very fragile right now. I plan on potting them into sandy, alkaline, Carribean-like soil ASAP. Some are propped up on their roots a centimeter, like some little coccothrinax do sometimes. We shall see what they become. .. I also picked up a proven winner in these parts… Dictosperma furfuraceum 4x-4inchers. I like proven winners / easy grows. It means they have at least a 50% chance with me. These look great when they get little trunks. Hope I see that someday…. In the “similar palms” category. I picked up 6x-4inch Dypsis Basilonga, and 6x-4inch Dypsis Saintelucei. I’ll have these in pots for a while, but my goal is to get them in the ground when they beef up. Spindly and wobbly bean sprouts right now. And finally, what’s a Floribunda order without something you have a 0% chance at? Bentinkia condapanna 4x-4inchers. I got these for pots. I know it’s a long shot here. It’s said they are fast. Grow baby grow. So here we go again. Happy growing season 2022. Thanks, as always to Floribunda for getting these here. Any advice, inspirational pics, relayed experiences is always welcome….. I’ll take whatever you got.
  9. 13 points
    It's got a good start to the season . It's almost respectable and can look decent into January some years . Will
  10. 13 points
    A few more, why not? Some eye candy caught in a brief respite from the rain
  11. 13 points
    Colorful Dypsis Crowns More Big Dypsis: Zingiber flowers:
  12. 12 points
    Planted 10/20 from one gallon from FB. 1 1/2 years later WOOZER It will be ready for full sun this November. Tallest frond almost 5' high.
  13. 12 points
    I was blessed to meet a very generous person today when I responded to a Craigslist ad that I replied to in order to obtain a very nice size J altifrons and grabbed a C macrosperma and a replacement Areca catechu alba, I was then gifted 2 others, one is Licuala Cabalionii the other I can not find listed on Palmpedia but the tag says something like Areca rappavia var. Vietnam - anyone know this by another name (1st photo)? In total I spent an embarrassing paltry $120 for these 5 palms.
  14. 12 points
    Hey palm people! So we bought our house a little over a year ago here in Lake Charles, La zone 9. And have been using the natural subtropical jungle feel of the area and putting a spin with different exotic things. We get alot of rain and that helps but we have to struggle with some cold for a few months in the winter. But I wanted to show off some of my favorite additions and if y'all have and tips of what we could ad that would be cool. Let me know what y'all think.
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  16. 11 points
    Many of you order from Floribunda, but mine was a relatively large order so I thought you might find it interesting to see my relatively large delivery. The reason it was large was because: 1) I'm completely redoing my yard front & back. 2) I like the "multiple" look with some of these. 3) My parents and sister would like some plants as well. 4) I'm paranoid I'm going to kill some of them, so ordered more than I need to "hedge my bets". Worst case I'll sell or trade the extra plants. Experience was same as has been described by others... Filled out the order form from website stock, got a call from Jeff to review the order (and get to know me), paid for plants before they shipped, and shipping/handling after they arrived (S&H was approx 35% of plant cost, which is fair considering most were in pots). Upon arrival I carefully unpacked the plants (which were packed amazingly well) and lined them up for their photoshoot. I used a ruler so I could track growth and measured the nicest plant of each type. Ruler was in 3-inch increments, measured from the TOP of the pot (not the ground). I'll post the photos here in case it's helpful for anyone else planning a Floribunda order (or "palm porn" for the rest of us). Night shots just to be different ;-) * If replying about a specific plant, try to include only that plant in your reply and delete the others (if you can). I'm curious if any comments. For me the "Pinanga Javana" was the biggest surprise (only 4" but HUGE). We repotted some of these already, and are excited to watch them grow over the years. Group photo: Bentinckia condapanna (1g): Burretiokentia vielillardii (1g): Chuniophoenix hainanensis (4"): Clinostigma savoryanum (4"): Cyphophoenix nucele (4"): Cyphosperma balansae (1g): Dypsis baronii (1g): Dypsis baronii “black stem” (seedlings) & Dypsis "lafamazanga" (seedlings): Dypsis lanceolata (1g): Dypsis leptocheilos (1g): Dypsis "maroantsetra" (1g): Dypsis onilahensis “weepy” (4"): Dypsis "orange crush" (1g): Dypsis pembana (1g): Dypsis saintelucei (1g): Euterpe edulis “orange crownshaft” (1g): Licuala distans (4"): Pinanga coronata (1g): Pinanga javana (4"): Pinanga philippinensis (1g): Pritchardia martii (4"): Verschaffeltia splendida (4"): Enjoy!
  17. 11 points
    I’ve been watching these trees grow the past few years and thought I would share a couple of photos. they are located in the Presidio of San Francisco. I think they are all torallyi except for the one with me in vest - I think that’s sunkha. I’m 6’1” for reference. The one at 58 Presidio could be cocoides? It’s smaller in stature than the surrounding torallyis. I’m soooo glad I didn’t plant P. torallyi in my small garden after watching them grow in open spaces!
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    Thanks to your recommendations and a lot of reading, in 2 years I have achieved this humble collection. Trachycarpus fortunei (2020) Washingtonia filifera (2020) Brahea armata (2021) Chamaedorea radicalis (2021) Butiagrus (2021) Livistona nitida (2022) Washingtonia robusta (2022) I will try to update annually. Temperatures down to -8°C (17,6 °F), inland Spain (Salamanca).
  20. 11 points
    No, not that. In a different post recently I posted my discovery of this Dypsis decipiens I stumbled across while dropping off my sons friend. It’s right next door to their house. At rough inspection I thought it had split into two trunks with a third on the way. A few days ago I went back for final inspection and actually got out of my vehicle and saw it actually has split into 3 trunks with a fourth on the way. So with this discovery and the two at Pauline Sullivan’s famous property there is no shortage of nice DD’s in Ventura. Unfortunately with mine below I will likely be dead (or my wife have put me in a home) before they ever reach this size, but I will enjoy them during the journey. Show us your DD’s.
  21. 11 points
    Starting out on the north side on Park Blvd. Relatively new Jubaea plantings.
  22. 11 points
    Here's my Shefferi...a favorite.
  23. 11 points
    Yours looks really good, Mike! I have been getting the endless showers, too. A photo from this morning during a break in the rain… Planted from a 5-gal. December 2012. The smaller one is behind me. Haha, Tim, “chicken parts” — no, these are vegan palms.
  24. 11 points
    Out in the garden between incessant rain showers and noticed the bottom leaf sheath on this D. hovomantsina coming off. Finally trunking after ten or so years in the ground. It’s a monster and the color, especially on the leaf sheaths and emerging spears, are nice. It’s been growing in a shady spot which is probably why it’s been on the slow side. Tim
  25. 11 points
    I have three in the garden, two a bit young and one that is mature. The older ones can get taller than you would think and looks good by itself. There is a shovel for scale in the last shot. Tim
  26. 11 points
    My two have been in the ground for 16 years, no idea how long in the pot before planting. Hope to see seeds before I die. The larger went in the ground from a 1 gallon pot in 2005. First picture is from 2008 Second about 6 months ago.
  27. 11 points
    Those attending the IPS Biennial to Hawaii will have an “off day” from the daily planned tours and activities in order to explore on their own - or sign up for one of the several “smaller” optional events to see gardens on another side of the island, the Volcano National Park, or the Pritchardia forest, etc. Below is a brief description and some photos of what they can see if the sign up for the Ouer Garden and Bezona Cloud Forest Sanctuary and Preserve option. (Click link for Bezona info) “Mana Mauka” (the Ouer Garden) is located at a cooler elevation near the northern end of the Kona Coffee Belt - on the lower slopes of the Kona Coast of West Hawaii Island. This elevation on the “dry” side of the island is often graced with afternoon showers and allows for a an extensive natural forest. Long time IPS Member (and 15 year IPS PalmTalk Forum Admin/Moderator) Dean Ouer has worked on enhancing the 3 acre forested property with palms, aroids, and other tropical fauna for 14 years. East and West (Hilo and Kona) (Windward and Leeward) sides of the Big Island are like two different islands. So for those wishing to see more of Hawaii Island, a trip to this side also includes a drive through the central “saddle” of the island with sweeping views of the volcanoes and a feel for the expanse of this unique and biggest island of the Hawaiian Archipelago.
  28. 10 points
    I’m going to put this here in case some people don’t use Facebook, I’ve already published this on the IPS FB page and so far the debate has mainly been, “it’s a cycad”, which clearly it’s not. This palm has been a source of confusion to me for more than 20 years. Perhaps someone can solve my mystery. This palm grows on rocky mountain tops, in rock crevices, in the south east corner of Madagascar. They were historically cut and carted into Fort Dauphin for sale as house plants until they more or less disappeared. I’ve not seen them for probably 20 years. Today I spotted a guy carrying them for sale so I stopped him to take some photos. I took a photo to London in perhaps 1998 or 1999 and gave to Kew, but I never heard back. At this size (see photos) the palm is sexually mature and these plants have remnant dead inflorescences. I’ve seen the fruits and they are spherical about 20mm in diameter and brownish yellow when ripe. It has several unusual characteristics such as: it appears acaulescent, it’s a lovely blue grey green, and it has an unusual terminal part of the leaf rachis (or a modified leaflet)… It’s a pretty palm and is very close to R. declivium I guess if not for the unique tip of the petiole. It doesn’t match R. nana either.
  29. 10 points
    D.decaryii duo and the next Ugliest Palm of 2022 winner.
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    Just having some fun this just another unidentified Dypsis. Hopefully will set seed this time.
  32. 10 points
    Finally looking good enough for a photo. Such an elegant palm at this stage, kinda has a Ravenea looking habit. Tim
  33. 10 points
    More Big Dypsis are starting to show rings of trunk, first one is the mealy bug - Dypsis Mananjarensis: Dypsis Ampasindavae: Dypsis Hovomantsina: another Prestoniana Hybrid, this one is growing in shade so not quite as beefy: Dypsis Ovobontsira:
  34. 10 points
    If I can get some nuts to germinate, I'll offer some for sale. Meg is giving me tips. The palm is loaded. This has been a beast in terms of growth in 6 yrs!
  35. 9 points
  36. 9 points
    Well, it’s been about a year for this Floribunda order, and the next one comes tomorrow, so here how everything worked out so far in Florida…. Beccarriophoenix Alfredii…. 4x-1gallon. These were steady growers quickly transplanted to 3 gallons, and acclimated to full sun. All 4 made it, growing moderately fast with variability. I planted a squat, well rooted one in a severe all-day sun area, and it seems to have taken well. I gave one as a gift, and still have the tallest and smallest which I will unload to someone. Cyphophoenix elegans…. 2x-1gallons. This is the slowest of the slow. I mean really slow. It seems to build a very strong root system, but it is 1/3 the speed of my various Pseudophoenix sargentii. I killed one, like an idiot, totally my fault…. Put in in with some palms that took off and shaded it, then I let roof water hit the crown, by the time I noticed what was going on, it was a spear pull. The other is fine, but slow. Chambeyronia macrocarpa and hookerii…. 2x+2x-1gallons. Slow and don’t tolerate too much sun. Wobbly at first. Up potted to 3 gallons. Of these, the two hookerii are much stronger. One macrocarpa looks good, but smaller. One macrocarpa suddenly collapsed into mush and croaked during the rainy season. Ready for the ground now. Areca vestiaria reds…. 2x-1gallons. These were doing fine until the sun shifted and I thought a little Florida sun would do them good. They fried to a crisp instantly…. Ravenea hildebrandtii…. 4x-4inchers. All doing well. Happy, medium growers in the shade of their Roebellini nursemaids. Uppotted to 1 gallons and tucked into the understory. Dypsis sp Orange Crush…. 4x-4inchers. Hate me and hate their life. Potted into 1 gallons. Two turned to mush and melted. The other two are unhappy in sun or shade. They seem to like it dry, if they like anything at all here. Dypsis sp. lafazamanga… 6x+-seedlings. These are happy here. Variable in size and strength. Growing well in a lot of sun here and there. Potted strong ones into 1g singles, small ones into doubles, and the three weakest into a triple. One is wasting it’s energy trying to flower already. Even the tiny extra fragments included grew. 0% mortality.
  37. 9 points
    Bizzie in front of Art Museum crowding a Ravenala m., trashy (wagnerianus?) on east side of Palm Canyon, Howes ( belmoreana?), Caryota sp, Sevenoaks on south side of canyon, and palm grouping by the International Village.
  38. 9 points
    2 Bizzies again, Acoelloraphe, Stanger trees growing right out of the pond that I never noticed before, and Roystonea getting some size.
  39. 9 points
    Mike alerted me to this thread. Dypsis ovobontsira with certainty is known from a very small population inland from Antanambe in eastern Madagascar. There is a good photo of it in PALMS 61(2): 64 (2017) taken by Dr. Mijoro Rakotoarinivo at the type locality. We have realised that Dypsis leucomalla described from cultivated material from Floribunda is in fact very closely related, but that the two can be immediately distinguished by the dense red fur on the sheaths of ovobontsira whereas leucomalla has white wool. For my part I find it very difficult, if not impossible, to identify juvenile palms growing outside their natural habitat so I cannot adjudicate the identity of the palms in this thread. As with many palms coming out of Madagascar, species identified from local names given by seed collectors can be unreliable - you may have the real thing, or maybe not. Perhaps one day in the future we can clinch identifications by simple molecular techniques but we are a long way off that!
  40. 9 points
    I always say, it can’t rain forever. I’m not so sure of that anymore. Here’s some photos of the Voanioala. Shovel for scale. Tim
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    Spring of 2020 vs spring 2022.
  44. 9 points
    Here are a few photos of tropical palms from South America from the genus Chelyocarpus. They could be mistaken for Licuala because at first glance they are strikingly similar. Started out a bit slow in the beginning, but are now growing at a reasonable pace. In medium shade, ground is always moist, and humidity high. The first is C. chuco, a one leaf door prize seedling about 10 years ago. It’s grown into a beautiful clumping palm with great color and shiny leaves.
  45. 9 points
    My utility company, PG&E, alerts me two or three times a year that the pictured Archotophoenix needs to be trimmed by the power lines. I always take care of it myself because their tree workers tend to butcher. Todays the last time I’ll do this. While near the top of my ladder and with my 25’ extendible aluminum saw, I sawed the leaf’s stem and the frond bent down and onto the high tension wires sending several hundred volts down the pole and into me which threw me off the latter and onto the flagstone and concrete patio below. Luckily nothing broken but a badly pulled tendon in my right knee and a badly swollen and painful left wrist. Tail bone is pretty sore too but it could have been much worse so I’m happy about that. I’ll never forget the feeling of the jolt I got either. The frond remained on the two wires and smoking until I got the utility company tree guys over to extract it. So the lesson is: It’s just not worth it to mess with anything near power lines!
  46. 9 points
    Everyone (not a palm person) that looks at my 3 clumps of Chamaedorea seifrizii says "Oh you have bamboo). LOL Picture from 20 19
  47. 9 points
    It's back to life! 6 days and about 30 gallons later! I'm glad I posted here, your advice saved the tree.
  48. 8 points
    @JeskiM if you want to streamline your search use Google instead of the search function on here. Type in your query and then type palmtalk after it.
  49. 8 points
    A couple of days ago I was looking in my green house and found a 1 gal Dypsis pilulifera hiding under a big fern. LOL I bought this almost a year ago and some how didn't get it into the ground. So I needed to get going. At first I was gonna put it on this terraced hill side that I've been working on. Then I got to think that this magnificent palm needed to be placed where it can easily show off it's crownshaft. So I got to work clearing along a major path. Here are before views in both directions. And then the same two views w/the "baby" palm. I hope this speeds up not that it's in the ground and I live long enough to see the color. LOL And last but not least the PALM. Tiny little thing from 1 gal pot.
  50. 8 points
    Santa Barbara Courthouse, Santa Barbara, California: Four Mile Cove Ecological Park, Cape Coral, Florida: California State Capitol, Sacramento, California: La Jolla, California: Dubois Park, Jupiter, Florida: Balboa Park, San Diego, California: River Bend Park, Jupiter, Florida: Dubois Park, Jupiter, Florida: Balboa Park, San Diego, California: Dubois Park, Jupiter, Florida: Rotary Park, Cape Coral, Florida: Balboa Park, San Diego, California: Causeway, Sanibel Island, Florida: Matanzas Pass Preserve, Fort Myers Beach, Florida: Dubois Park, Jupiter, Florida: Causeway, Sanibel Island, Florida: Highland Hammock State Park, Florida:



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