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  1. 34 points
    I drove past a wholesale nursery south of Vero Beach yesterday with a section of Beccariophoenix alfredii. I know quite a few nurseries in Florida are field growing them now but I had never seen one. The most B. alfredii I have ever seen at one time.
  2. 24 points
    I have made so many trips up and down US 101 that my little truck knows the way. I have favorite motels and activities at several different locales. Years ago I collected seeds of Howea forsteriana from a tree in a Ventura park. One of them is now ground planted in my SF garden, about four feet tall. So naturally, I always stop at this tree to look for seeds. Last week, upon my arrival there were not seeds, but hundreds of eophyll (first leaf) seedlings emerging through the bark mulch around the parent tree. These have no future in situ as the gardening staff will just string trim them all down before applying a fresh layer of bark mulch. What to do ?? One of the great benefits about getting old is that I don't give an EFF about what other people think! I had no tools and the tiny palms were well embedded in the decomposing mulch, resisting a gentle tug. I purchased a weeding fork and returned, with the fork and some plastic bags. I felt somewhat nervous, but hey, what could happen to an old, well-dressed white man in a public park ?? (sad commentary on policing and race) I escaped arrest, and here are the rescued seedlings. Most of them still have the seed attached, so high probability of survival. They have no future in my garden, but I love to grow palms from seed or small starts, and to give them away to friends and visitors to my garden. Anyone else with a similar confession ?
  3. 17 points
    As this growing season comes to its end, I've realized how much things have changed in the last 3 years after completely redesigning my tiny backyard space. Today has been overcast with showers, and I managed to sneak some pictures between rainstorms. I thought I would share some of these with you guys. First up is the sabal blackburniana from Phil. This sabal has gone through quite the transformation in the past year and a half or so. The fronds were first deeply divided almost appearing minor-esque and have slowly become more costapalmate and recurved (which I am not bad about!). Next there's the medium of the 3 Chamaerops in the back. This tiny thing has turned into a very full and seemingly very happy male chamaerops (flowered this past spring). The Larger of the 3 has filled out quite a lot. It has roughly 3.5 ft of trunk at this point - which is hidden by the plants below. This winter, or early spring I will update it of course. These seem to do a lot of "extending" during the cooler parts of the year - or maybe its just me? This blue butia I put in last April has grown in nicely and officially peaked over the fence this year. It was labeled as capitata, but considering the nursery, and the local population around that area were they are sold it would appear to be possibly catariensis. This trigeneric hybrid (BXJXS) or (JXBXS) was originally acquired from Michael at MPOM. It has been a complete pain to keep happy. Needs amble water, and a lot of extra potassium for some reason. . Bizzie from Phil has grown a lot as well. As the nights cool it transitions from being a bright blue/silver to a purple color during the winter. Triple Roebelenii - Not much to say other than its grown a bit more and this picture doesn't do it justice: NEXT:
  4. 17 points
    This Mule palm stumped me for a while this year, about mid summer it appeared unhappy and yellowing. Upon inspection it appeared EXTREMELY ROOTBOUND and the roots had actually broken through the bottom of the pot and were dangling between the cement bricks it is sat on. After a repot into a larger ceramic (heavy) planter it began growing a lot quicker and the fronds have began to deepen in color. Moral of the story - don't let your mules get potbound! Majesty - Obligatory - Its a majesty... Golden Malayan Coconut - Which was originally acquired through ROOT98 warehouse I think - has grown a good bit this year. This isn't the best angle as I recently turned the pot since it was growing out slightly. My little Serenoa silver saw has finally stabilized. It was infested with scale this spring when I picked it up. After some pretty labor intensive removal, repotting, feeding, spraying etc... It is finally pest free and starting to love life again. Yes, its tiny, yes its in a pot (because I am totally out of room at this point). It should be able to stay outdoors year round here. Lastly but not least - my silver queen. Obtained from MPOM again. This thing has been the fastest growing queen I've ever had. I originally bought 3. 1 was planted in the ground last year and while it survived our bad winter with a low of 15F protected, it looked like complete garbage this year and the cannas promptly took it over. I decided to remove it since it was only an experiment to begin with. The other was given to family - which it is NOWHERE NEAR this large. The last as you see I have in a pot. The top of the canopy is 13Ft. I have no idea how I am going to overwinter this one. BONUS SHOTS OF THE TROPICALS For anyone who hung around and is interested: Musa Basjoo clump in flower. This is being relocated behind the fence in the spring to replace 2 horrible looking crape myrtle's, and a Dwarf Namwah is going in its place. Kaleidoscope Mangave that came back from 15F in ground. For those of us who struggle with Agave due to temperature or moisture - mangave's are the way to go. This one colors up in fall upon the return of cooler weather. Hardy Hibiscus (moscheutos) planted this fall to take the place of a poorly placed miss huff lantana that became monstrous. I tried crossing this with a rosa-senensis and currently have 18 seedlings growing - we will see if it was successful: Waterfall shot that I thought looked nice: Harlequin Hawaiian Ti Plant, my favorite ti plant of all time: This growing season I brought several anthuriums (hybrids, magnificum, crystallinum) outdoors for the year. I have to say - they appeared to love it. No surprise since we are warm and humid for much of the year. These have been exposed to mid 30's and as high as mid 90's with no noticeable issue. Thanks for sticking around! Enjoy!
  5. 17 points
    Hello ladies and gents, On September 27th, 2020 my third child was born. On that exact day I also planted a Bismarckia In my front yard. This was not planned at all, my wife was having some contractions throughout the previous night and some in the morning but nothing too serious. That morning I planned on doing some planting and followed through with the plans. Right after the Bismarckia was in, my wife told me it was time to go to the hospital (Barley even had time to take a picture and water the palm). Long story short, here we are a year later, God willing, and I decided that it’s only right to take a picture each year to see both of their growths. This Bismarckia is now my daughters palm. Sep 27, 2020 (Top Pic) Sep 27, 2021 (Bottom Pic)
  6. 16 points
    I'm still adjusting to the fact that I now live in Hawaii! These photos speak for themselves! Realarch has a beautiful and well maintained garden with a wide variety of perfectly grown palms in Hilo, HI. It was an absolute paradise. I included some of the highlights here. I am not 100% sure on some of the ID's, but Tim would know for sure Click here for the complete album Hydriastele splendida Cyphosperma tanga - it was my first time ever seeing one of these in person! Absolutely stunning! Iriartea deltoidea - this is probably my favorite palm on the entire island! Perfectly grown with a scythe-like flower spathes. Marojejya darianii Geonoma atrovirens
  7. 16 points
    Meet Jayne my amazing Roystonea oleracea. From a fiver in 2010 time sure flies
  8. 15 points
    Hey all, I posted this poem once or twice over the years. But as it gets bigger and bigger, it just needs an update. It was purchased eight or nine years ago from a backyard grower as Dypsis decipiens. My neighbor and I thought it looked a bit odd, as its leaves were really stretched. But initially, we thought maybe it was just greenhouse grown or something. It split early on, and is relatively fast. Maintains a magnificent white, wax colored trunk and has these awesome stiff, recurved leaves. The last time I posted this two or three years ago, a number of people around the planet shared pictures of theirs that were no doubt the same plant. So I have my doubts about it being a hybrid. This thing has to be close to flowering, so maybe will find out more about it in the not too distant future. But in my “quest for the perfect palm“, this one’s hard to top. Feel free to weigh in with guesses, pictures pr other input!
  9. 15 points
    Here she is June 2019 October 2021
  10. 15 points
    Among the best palms for cooler climate gardens. They all saw 3 nights down to -8C in 2017 at my place. Brahea armata, edulis, nitida, super silver, dulcis blue and acuelata. Armata is the fastest, and acuelata slowest.
  11. 15 points
    Has anyone received their IPS Palm Journal Volume 63? It states Chambeyronia houliou was an undescribed species, not a variation of macrocarpa and will now be called Chambeyronia houailouensis. Additionally it appears Kentiopsis and Actinokentia will be lumped into the Chambeyronia genus. Changes as follows: Actinokentia divaricata > Chambeyronia divarcata Actinokentia huerlimannii > Chambeyronia huerlimannii Kentiopsis piersoniorum > Chambeyronia piersoniorum Kentiopsis oliviformis > Chambeyronia oliviformis Kentiopsis pyroformis > Chambeyronia pyroformis Kentiopsis magnifica > Chambeyronia magnifica Chambeyronia lepidota remains unchanged Thoughts? Going to be very hard for me to get used to this!
  12. 14 points
    Just some things that caught my eye while working around the yard, enjoy.
  13. 14 points
    We are here in Rome for a few days and just visited the Botanical garden today. In the palm garden they had some nice CIDP, very tall washingtonias, sabals, butias, livistonas, a queen, a brahea and some orher varieties but the most amazing was a massive jubaea chilensis. Very impressive was also a nannorrhops ritchiana that seems to be very old.
  14. 14 points
    Brahea decumbens flowering:
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  16. 14 points
    Good afternoon! Today I saw a Variegated Washingtonia in Tempe Arizona, in front of someone’s business. First one I’ve seen in person randomly around. Enjoy.
  17. 14 points
    Hi All. I saw these magnificent Jubaeopsis caffra yesterday at an indigenous nursery on the KZN South Coast, South Africa. They are huge and flowering and seeding. Their containers are huge. Sadly won’t be able to get one to my place. Just had to share.
  18. 13 points
    Last weekend I had the chance to drive down to Ciudad Victoria, around the Sierra de Tamaulipas and Sierra Madre, and as far south as Gomez Farias. I was really anxious to see what the cold damage looked like and how it might have compared to the extremely severe freeze of December 1989, which saw the low 20s driven to near the Tropic of Cancer at Victoria and Soto la Marina (spoiler alert: it wasn’t as bad). Starting out in Matamoros the damage looks about like urban Brownsville, it’s hard to see much difference, there was a surviving Thrinax radiata on the south side of a building on the southern side of town but damage to the royals is very similar to Brownsville and the coconuts in town parks are just a memory now. But as always there is an exception: surprisingly at the Holiday Inn there is a lone coconut which appears to be very much alive. The trunk looks incredibly good - too good to me, like they maybe protected it. But they certainly didn’t protect any royals in the parking lot, over half of them were very dead, so I don’t know what kind of treatment they may have given the coconut. It’s around the eastern side of the hotel, that may have helped a little. Given the stunted/singed look of the older leaves it went through some sort of freezing event so I doubt it was planted after February. As you leave Matamoros it’s obvious they were in a mild urban heat island, as you get south of town it looks as bad as most of Cameron County, there’s even a Bismarckia on the way out of the city that just barely survived, most of them in the Valley look better. For the first 20-25 miles south of town it looks about the same: most royals are dead, the tropical figs are burned back severely, typical low 20s kind of damage very similar to Texas right along the river. Subtly after that you start to notice maybe things start to look about like they did in Matamoros, then around a little place called El Miguelito you start to see some glimpses of moderation. Some of the figs and guamuchil (Pithecellobium dulce) trees start showing less dieback intermittently, not huge but noticeable enough. There are also more surviving royals. This area probably saw the mid-20s for a shorter duration than near the Rio Grande. The first coconut that looks like it had to make it on its own with no surrounding protection is at a small bend in the road called Santa Teresa, where there is also a surviving Norfolk pine and an old Sideroxylon palmeri that looks just as large now as it did in the mid-90s (not shown). Interestingly there are also what appear to be spontaneous Stenocereus huastecorum/griseus in the area now, I don’t remember those occurring before the San Fernando area in the past. Also a hybrid mesquite zone is found north of San Fernando now, if I remember correctly the first ones used to be south of town. Going farther south there is progressively less damage to guamuchil and the native fig (Ficus cotinifolia) though other figs were still showing some damage. Most royals were in noticeably better condition than those farther north. At the big Y junction where the Matamoros and Reynosa roads join/split there is a hotel that had several coconuts planted and they were slowly recovering. Starting from about the junction and continuing down to the area around San Fernando damage increasingly became confined to the really tropical plants like Benjamin figs. On the loop around San Fernando it was hard to make out much damage to relatively tender plants like Ficus nitida. It would have been interesting to go into San Fernando but the loop around town is so easy and the town’s reputation precedes it. A ranch outside town reported a low of 28 in the mid-February event and the damage is consistent with readings briefly in the upper 20s. From there the damage continues to diminish…..
  19. 13 points
    I started growing palms 20 years ago after 20 years of gardening in places too cold for palms. Starting out in growing palms I made mistakes that I would never make now but its part of the learning process. And your local climate and soil has a lot to do with that since palms have their preferences. Because everyone has to start somewhere with palms a discussion on common mistakes might be useful for those who are relatilynew to the hobby. Here are my 5 biggest mistakes: 1) Sharp thorny palms too close to a regularly used path. I saw one rental that you could get impaled just trying to get to the front door. 2) Planting desert tolerant palms in a wet low spot, go for a high spot that is drier. 3) planting too close together, it can lead to costly edits, damage as it all grows in. 4) know your soil, its as big a variable as 15-20F difference in temperature. 5) buy after understanding species that you like. Try, when possible, to ensure you can give it an environment that it will like. Start with the species write up in palmpedia and then search this site for growing information, freeze damage etc. There are many more mistakes I am sure that some of you can add. I have forgotten many of my mistakes, but I did learn from them. Mistakes is how we learn. Nicola Tesla is given credit for this quote: "I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways it will not work". People who don't make mistakes haven't learned anything. What have you learned?
  20. 13 points
    This is a little more than 6 years from a seedling. Quite impressed with their speed of growth in St. Augustine. I'm 5'10" so you can see how much taller it is than me.
  21. 13 points
    So this glasshouse and garden is located about 10 miles northeast of my location, just on the outskirts of south London. It's a bit of a hidden gem, although not quite on Kew Garden's level... A stunning Bismarckia Nobilis that must be at least 20 foot tall... Sabal Mexicana... Sabal Minor Brahea Armata... They've got some stuff growing outdoors as well...
  22. 13 points
    Here is mine grown from seedling, not long after the first batch of seeds arrived here in Australia according to the lady I got it from. Not particularly fast grower but to me that is a good thing, I have enough palms 30 plus feet tall. Cheers
  23. 12 points
    The larger of the two planted in 2005 out of 2 gal pot.
  24. 12 points
    My Jubeaopsis caffra is throwing an inflorescence here in North FL --- it flowered in Jan 2020 but the seeds didnt set ---- I caught it this time and pollinated the seeds with its pollen . I collected the seeds in the Mkambati Reserve , South Africa in 1986.
  25. 12 points
    Newest update photo. It has grown about 2' of trunk this summer and is around 12' tall OA.
  26. 11 points
    Scary palms from the beach -- Dunedin, Florida -- Big bizzies, archontophoenix, arenga, royals, sylvester, big acrochromia, etc. -- some mid-size blue latans, prichardia(s) and copernecia baileys hidden in the background.. Trick or treat...!
  27. 11 points
    …so you can imagine I’m already worn out from planting so much too quickly ha ha.
  28. 11 points
    After 40 years of growing my observations are: 1) trying to zone push too far and ending up (after 5-8 years) with a 2' tall plant. 2) Trying to collect every species know to mankind. Those are my main beefs.
  29. 11 points
    I’ve never posted or spoke about these palms before as I wanted to provide the proof. I have seen these for at least 3 years and they don’t always look so good after winter. The other thing that complicated it is that I couldn’t remember where they were precisely located. Today I just happened to drive by them and had to turn around to shoot these videos on at a very busy intersection.
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    I have to get a few more of these. Moultrie sold out earlier this summer and will need to get down there and pick up a couple.
  32. 10 points
    Hey all, have some fun! What is your monster palm? Mine is Bismarckia finally showing some real trunk. Bismarckia are beasts!!
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  34. 10 points
    Bought this as a 3 gallon from Mike at MB Palms when CFPACS visited in June. Put it into a 7 gallon grow bag after the first week and it's grown nicely since. Noted today the roots busting out of the bag so decided to put her in a much bigger pot for more room to grow. Certainly impressed by the growth rate in a little over three months.
  35. 10 points
    Pretty ....good grow here....6 to 7 frond...... the 3 ,I have ...puts out 2 leaves at a time ?!
  36. 10 points
    The fall 2021 update: Cocos nucifera Atlantic tall/Jamaican Tall (4.5 years in the ground) Cocos nucifera Atlantic tall/Jamaican Tall (1.75 years in the ground) Cocos nucifera Maypan (4.5 years in the ground) Cocos nucifera Green Malayan Dwarf (11 years in the ground - set back by a knucklehead trimming the roots) Veitchia arecina (various sizes) Adonidia merrillii (1 year in the ground) Carpentaria acuminata (~1.5 years in the ground) Wodyetia bifurcata volunteer (approaching 1 year of growth) Roystonea regia Roystonea regia (3 years from seed) Kentiopsis oliviformis - I'll wait until next year to change names. Chambeyronia macrocarpa Archontophoenix alexandrae (~3.5 years in the ground) Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Satakentia liukiuensis
  37. 10 points
    Adult palms are more frost resistant than juveniles. When I started I planted several Howea forsteriana about 5 gallon size. They were killed by an atypical, more severe frost than my normal winter low temperatures. From this I concluded that my microclimate could not support Howea and I planted 6 cultivars of Rhopalostylis. I have now spent a few thousand dollars wisth a tree service to remove 3 of the adult Rhopies. And I have installed several large Howea palms. This leads to my second observation, 'self-cleaning' palms sounds great until the adult fronds fall and smash any landscaping below. Rhopalostylis leaves can come off without warning, even when still mostly green. They are 14 feet long and weigh between 20-30 pounds. There is a reason why Roystonea is mostly underplanted with turfgrass or hardscaping.
  38. 10 points
    I cleaned up my coconut tree last weekend. You can start to see it over my house when driving down the road.
  39. 10 points
    I flew in and out of Sanford Intl. Airport recently (so much easier and better than OIA). The front of the terminal faces south and there are some nice protected alcoves with some fruiting Adonidia and Caryota mitis. Quite a few seedlings under some of the Adonidia. (There is also a nice Phoenix X Cocos ).
  40. 9 points
    Found this guy today while driving around Cape Coral today. Excuse the shot as I had to take it with my arm out the window because my wife refused to stop the car on a busy street.
  41. 9 points
    Such a pretty if unrelated pair….. Maybe show us your odd couples!
  42. 9 points
    This guy is doing amazing let’s see everyone’s Jubaeopsis . Love the orange in this one
  43. 9 points
    As the sun sets the sun hitting the leaves of this Livistona Saribus look variegated from the ground view.
  44. 9 points
    Here is an update.... 8 years from strap leaf.. ill add another pic when I trim them up and do a yard cleanup for winter.. I think I need to up the water..
  45. 9 points
    This Livistona D. Finally grew out of this crooked trunk/crown. Took about 5 years to right itself. Numerous applications of micro nutrients did the trick I believe.- At one point I almost cut it down. It’s actually a beautiful palm once filled in. JW
  46. 9 points
    Went back to the Dominican Republic with the wife, filmed this little drone video of Saona Island. Enjoy! https://odysee.com/@PalmSavanna:9/Saona:7
  47. 9 points
    some more pics from this yr...Monty Don was filming in Junne for his show in my garden....
  48. 9 points
    Here's an update of my neighbor's filifera. They fared the ice storm better than my trachys.
  49. 9 points
    Added silver saw palmetto, high plateau coconut palm, Archontophoenix cunninghamiana this year. Also is a pic of Sabal uresana I germinated from seed summer 2020 and placed directly in the ground.
  50. 9 points
    Aside from the Nacapule Canyon Display, Tohono Chul is another great spot for interesting Cacti / Succulent- type plants, particularly since, unlike Desert Botanical, Tohono Chul can occasionally receive snow in the winter, and sits 1,000ft ( give or take ) higher in elevation than DBG. While most of the cacti / succulents here can tolerate the occasional cold, a few less seemingly hardy things actually look better here, than specimens i have seen at Desert Botanical. A couple Agave.. Newer display ( Don't recall it being here in '17 ) of some interesting, smaller Cacti.. Like the stone used here.. Good sized Organ Pipe ( Stenocereus thurberi ) Various Aloe Aloe " Hurcules ", now a little beast ( have to look over the older pictures, but don't think it was over 5' last time i was here.. certainly hadn't started branching. ) Excellent Deuterocohnia specimen.. Some other Dyckia / Hechtia around the garden, noticed several looked like something had munched 'em down to almost nothing though.. Probably Javalina ..or Rabbits. Pachypodium geayi, i think.. regardless, a bit surprised to see such a big specimen here.. yet can't think of seeing one -of a similar size- anywhere in Phoenix ( that i have been ). A couple i remember from Desert Botanical always looked tired / burnt out from the heat.. Lost all of mine ( much smaller and kept out of the sun ) Could be bad positioning ( too much sun.. ) or something else that keeps bigger Pachypodium from being a more common sight in landscapes around Phoenix ( ...or i haven't looked around enough, lol. )
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