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  1. 5 points
    It’s raining it’s pouring it sure ain’t boring how about you?
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    Getting the other cages made. Cold front moving through this week. After that, I’ll plant out all my veggies.
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    There are 8 genera of palms represented in this photo. How many can you get? One will be near impossible because it's an odd hybrid.
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    I'm not sure how special it is, but from most other Metallicas that I have seen, ours seems to hold a lot of leaves. Twenty nine including the spear. And none of the bottom ones look like dieing soon either. Outside, the garden Metallicas average about a dozen leaves, and a couple in deep shade look great but only have about six leaves. It is near a sunny window inside, and I do tend to 'overpot' compared to most people. Mainly because I forget to water them. How many leaves do they usually hold?
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    It's more than likely a hybrid. One way to be sure is by touching the the leaf tips near the trunk. If you draw blood - it's a hybrid. Hi 85˚, Lo 51˚
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    I acquired this palm about 4 years ago as a one gallon seedling. Moderate grower for me here. Just repotted it. I really like the look of this palm but I never see then in the landscape. Is anyone growing this one in the ground in Florida? Really a nice small palm just afraid to plant it out in case the limestone, calcareous soil I have kills it. Thoughts?
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    Just a constant drizzle down here. It did add up to quite a bit though. My little Dypsis ovobonstira was trying to hide under a Ficus dammaropsis leaf, using it as an umbrella. April showers after the rain we received in March just isn't normal here in Southern California.
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    My coconut tree fruited for the first time in September 2019. 6 months later I cut my first one open. My understanding is to drink when young so I think everything is good. lol. Very sweet. Who needs long lines at the supermarket...I'm self sufficient.
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    Oh, I take it back. They were tiny! In 4" pots from Floribunda. Planted May 9, 2011.
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    Due to our limited rainfall, we end up substituting some more drought tolerant items, hence the succulents, Aloes, Aloidendron and the Cycads. Crotons can survive here but are a bit more challenging; my personal experience is that they may do well for a couple of years and then suddenly decline in my garden. Would love to grow more of them, but if challenged one substitutes. Bottom line, its nice to mix textures and colors as you have described. We all just have to adjust the formula for our local conditions.
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    Encephalartos princeps showing its great color in the drizzle, with the blue set against a mix of greens.
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    - 9:02AM - Next up, the Phoenicophorium borsigianum. Any palm with a complement of spines deserves extra care. More for you than the palm. The customer, along with help from volunteer Mark, heave the palm onto the trailer. (B) Mark spreads the two palms apart and aligns them along the center of the trailer. With one finger, he goes in close to check just how sharp the spines may be. - The Seychelles duo will have to wait a bit before making it through to the checkout. There was a line ahead of them, consisting of loaded trailers, carts and golf carts. The receipt writers were making their way down the line. (B) The various orders held material from throughout the sales area. That tall palm near the front of the line was a robust Sugar Palm, Arenga pinnata. - One order was packed with an assortment of plants from many different sections. It had a lot of Crotons, Bromeliads, flowering vines, Aroids and a few exotic flowering shrubs. (B) Another shot of that cart seen above with the Congea tomentosa. All those pale pink flowers, bracts and branches belong to one three gallon plant. It really is an amazing and unique sprawling viney shrub. It was joined by a healthy hodge-podge of plant material, including a Purple Prince Rose, a Beach Hibiscus, yellow and purple Epidendrum orchids, and those two flowering shrubs at the front of the cart, Suessenguthia multisetosa. - 9:04AM - The side road across from the Barn and BBQ area held many of the Tropical Flowering Trees and other one-of-a-kind material that didn't quite fit into any of the regular sales area sections. It was a lot to look through, including some of the weirder and more bizarre plants. (B) Palm people walk single-file to hide their numbers. On the left, Tracy, Rick and Doug saunter down the side road looking at stuff. Ryan
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    A couple of Tillandsia approaching the flowering stage.
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    A couple of Chamaedoreas (hooperiana, oblongata) in the drizzle today.
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    Post some pictures of how colorful your palm can be when producing some seed.
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    I live in hot southwest Florida and have 2 in pots outside for almost 3 years now. Here in my area, it is the soil or neglect that kills the palm NOT the heat and humidity. When that hot you keep up on the watering. That simple. Mine look fantastic. Not sure where some people get their hands on info from. Has nothing to do with our heat and humidity. I think they more likely neglect it and it slowly dies. Again, I cannot plant them in the ground. It's either the soil or I've heard some type of nematode that kills the Trachy palms here. My temps here starting in May are from the upper 80s then the 90s for 5 full months consistently. Lows in the 70s. Super humid too. Swampy really.
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    An uncommon triple planting but they look happy none the less. They are a very tough and adaptable little palm I have found.
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    You live fairly close so your shipping won't be too bad. Keep in mind he will ship up to 15G sizes of most palms to you via UPS if you want. You can freight in palms by the pallet too if you want and that really is a option for you. There is also these online hauling services that can give you a price to get your palm.
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    Couldn't resist taking a few photos late this afternoon. Finally after many aborted attempts, it looks like they are setting seed. Tim
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    Their hardiness can be quite variable, just as in their appearance.
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    - 8:57AM - The regular Friday morning rush was on, and it spared no palm, large or small. I was bouncing back and forth from one section to the next when I came across a customer who needed help loading a couple large palms. First, was this 15 gal. Phoenicophorium borsigianum, orange highlights and entire leaves included. (B) Within seconds, we moved to the opposite side of the sidewalk in the same spot and grabbed the 25 gal. Verschaffeltia splendida -- then headed out the side entrance of the shadehouse. I had to extend the fabric door as high as it could go to get both palms safely through. The V. splendida was sporting a flawless set of perfectly-angled stilt roots. - The customer made the turn and carefully guided the two large palms down the main road. I was happy the tires were holding. I could see the future setting of these two species forming the base of a Seychelles collection. Amazingly, during this 'Ganza, we actually had 5 of the 6 species endemic to the Seychelles; out for sale in different sizes. You can guess the one species we didn't have available. - 9:00AM - Color. As I was following the duo down the road, I had to get a shot of the block of color formed by the spread of Guzmania and Vriesia bromeliads. - Within a few minutes, the cartload of palmness made its way straight to the loading spot by the holding area. (B) The larger of the two, the V. splendida, was quickly loaded onto a waiting trailer, by the customer and Travis Searle. Ryan
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    Thanks, Nathan, A. cordifolia looks just like it. Plus, it seems there are multiple flower-color forms or varieties; yellow, orange, purple even a variegated variety that looks interesting. Baby Sunrose it is. It is ironic, as I was at a nursery not long ago and came upon a type of Ice Plant. They are kind-of scarce here in S. Florida, but some types seem to be grown. The one I saw had thin, succulent, upright leaves and a purple, daisy-like flower. I didn't get the name nor the plant, but I should have, it looked interesting. I am glad you got it Mike, as I knew it was going to a good home. It should love that spot in the corner by the Borassus, it would like that shaded, rain forest-like environment. Ryan
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    Recently saw a fairly tall palmetto for piedmont standards while fishing Hyco Lake in NC (about 75 miles NW of Raleigh) There was a smaller one growing nearby I saw tons of trachys around this lake but these were the only two sabals I spotted
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    Now that's starting to look like one of my crazy projects. All you need to do now is change your mind at least 3 times in the middle, AFTER you've already taken up all the sod.
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    hey Fusca, Warmth, hope, moisture, and prayers. It is a crap shoot. I have gotten a couple of date palms suckers to root before that had no roots. Patience young Luke! Luck plays a big part.
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    I know the feeling - had it last year! I enjoyed every bite in to the first coconut harvested from one of my own coconut palms- it tasted so great!! Btw. your palm looks spectacular! best regards Lars
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    Carpentaria seed is always a vibrant orange red. They almost glow.
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    It grows well in Orlando with shade, moist soil and mulch. Here is one at Leu Gardens.
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    A couple of Beccariophoenix alfredii growing in the Audubon neighborhood down the street from Leu Gardens.
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    Carpentaria fruiting.... its what every local grower dreads.... I used to chop mine off before they set fruit, but now I'm too old to be climbing ladders and the trees are too tall in any case...lol ! It means an influx of fruit bats, screeching, squawking, fighting and pooping all over the house and surrounds ( wish someone would eat them....whoa, wait on... no I don't... haha ) I have millions of Ptychosperma seeds too, but they don't last too long on the palms as they are also a sought after food source for several local bird species.
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    Here are a few in my garden... Phoenix reclinata Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Syagrus romanzoffiana Chamaedorea costaricana Parajubaea torallyi Chanaedorea species Caryota urens Rhopalostylis baueri
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    Here is one growing in our garden.. .
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    Wunderbar! And how large and old was it at the time you planted it?
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    very impressive ! is this Malayan dwarf ?
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    Wonderful news @pj_orlando_z9b! Hoping to get some viable coconuts off of mine in the near future.
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    Wow that is a great looking coconut, indeed it must be dwarf to fruit so much with so little trunk and without company. It amazes me how the fronds look so big for a dwarf. The water is also. very sweet, what is it not to love?! Consider sending some of those cocos, it must have great genes. PS: I heard the best time to pick them is around 7/8 months, for the best water.
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    Eric in Orlando has written about these before. Said they were good growers for him there. Yours looks great! I bought one from Floribunda a couple years ago. It has grown well for me in a pot under a pine tree for the last two years with quite a bit of neglect. Other palms and plants back there have died from underwatering, but this one keeps on ticking.
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    To the best of my recollection, this is glauca
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    Sparrows (Spizella passerina arizonae) have been wreaking havoc on my vegetable seedlings. I don’t particularly want to scare off the birds, because I generally enjoy them. This was my compromise. Birds out, but allows bees in. Hopefully performs okay. Rigged together based on what I had on hand. If it performs well, I’ll do all four boxes. Thoughts?
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    It’s finally home. Now that I’ve been able to examine it more thoroughly and I know what to look for thanks to @akamu, I’m convinced it’s a regia. It does have the black specs on the crownshaft.
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    I also took a few quick pics and a couple short videos. Nothing fancy. You can see I put out a few potted palms that are usually below patio cover so they could get rain water. 579D496C-F229-486B-9A94-E4B0BCF968AA.MOV 3B5EA1AF-836A-4830-AF47-A3DB48D4E5AD.MOV
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    My Ch metallica were usually underpotted: They had 6 to 12 leaves.
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