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  1. 4 points
    Not sure I’d call this a stepped trunk. A leaf fell off last night. They’re so heavy!
  2. 3 points
    I just did a deal for a friend of mine in Cocoa...closing July 31. Totally updated home for 184k. I want to buy it myself for the backyard space since I’m out of room. LOL. Her closing gift is an A. Cunninghamiana and a cocos from Lowe’s (just as a little experiment)
  3. 2 points
    Question: This mentioning of freezes repeatedly is concerning. I would not expect zones 10a/10b to experience freezes that often. Do they? Answer: The only area that is entirely free of freezes is the Keys. All-time lows for Key Largo (35) and Key West (41) are the only ones I have found above 32. Some weather records for Marathon show an all-time low of 28F. How often does it freeze in 10a? Well, the weather records for Orlando over the last 30 and 50 years put it in zone 10a. Downtown Orlando has also gone to or below freezing 9 times from 2000-current. For a more protected "official" 10a climate, look at Titusville in the NOW data. They've gone to or below freezing 11 times. 10b is a little different. Miami Beach did hit 32F in 1989, but the average low actually puts it in zone 11a at this point. This issue with going purely by zone assignments is they are averages. You could get 30F + frost every year and still get a zone 10 rating. Best thing to do is look at weather data. You can look at the NOW data from NWS/NOAA here: https://w2.weather.gov/climate/xmacis.php?wfo=mfl Question: Why would I be concerned about flooding? This would depend entirely on the property chosen, and the house built, and I am far from that point as of right now. Answer: Homes are expensive and you want to protect your investment. When choosing a property, just be careful. People get "taken" here all the time by a bunch of hucksters selling property they know will go underwater. There was a home in Bartow that was recently bulldozed because the lot was not properly built up from the street and surrounding properties. Each time it would rain hard, the home owners ended up with water damaging their home. Imagine being in a house like this in 2017 with Hurricane Irma roaring through. Your house has several inches of water in it and the telephone poles outside are literally cracking in three from 120MPH winds ripping hundred year old oaks out of the ground. This was their reality. Well, after the home was built it was too late to do anymore than put band-aids on a bullet wound. None of them worked and the homeowners had to relocate. Back in 2004, we had 3 hurricanes come through Polk and submerge several properties along US-27. The home owners were angry because "that will never happen" was a great sales pitch until it wasn't. From my view, I'd rather share those experiences with you than see another person repeat those mistakes. All of that said, good luck in your search.
  4. 2 points
    Yes there are rules and from what I understand it has to do with chromosome counts. Even though hybridization is theoretically possible that doesnt mean they will in real life aka butia and coconut. When comparable species from different genus cross they will produce a self sterile offspring. Only inter genus hybrids tend to be fertile.
  5. 2 points
    Lemurophoenix halleuxii opens only a few fronds per year, so when a spear cracks open, it's an event to celebrate! (post your leaf events!) Planted June 2010, my "three screaming lemurs" as I refer to them, had a dramatic setback during the nearby volcanic eruption in the summer of 2018. It has taken this long to get some decent sized fronds on the center palm that was most exposed to the SO2 gas. Three sequential mornings of the opening frond: This center Lemur was the tallest of the three until the eruption (note the lower left deformed leaf), but now it is getting close to catching up with the others again. Do you have a "Leaf Event" photo? Please share!
  6. 2 points
    Nice job spreading the sickness haha. I think most would agree Hawaii is the place to be if growing palms is what you desired. Everytime I watch hgtv buying Hawaii i am amazed of the crazy housing cost. Its more expensive there then California, where I left in the nick of time haha. @Dartolution I think you have yourself a great goal and when the time is right you'll find your paradise. You definitely have alot of people on here that will hopefully point you in the right direction.
  7. 2 points
    This would be my suggestion too. Very nice 10A/10B climate where you can still find cheap land. Just look for or build a key west style home so your living areas start on the second storey so you don’t have to worry so much about flooding. You can definitely grow coconuts there if that is a goal you have. I’m not sure if you mentioned what type of work you plan to do but if you are working remotely from home or in healthcare you have options there otherwise it would be pretty slim pickings.
  8. 2 points
    For many years I've noticed a forlorn lonely fan palm struggling to grow on an abandoned wasteland/gravel quarry site behind Holmes Jungle on the outskirts of Darwin. The land area is a favorite illegal dumping ground among those who don't want to pay commercial dump fees at the local Tip. I poke around the area salvaging paving materials, plant cuttings, collect seeds from native plants etc. I've often wondered what this palm was/is and pondered upon how tough it is to survive the 6 months of water logging then 6 months of drought. I might have even asked for an ID on the Forum previously, but A/- memory is slipping, and B/- I'm hopeless with the 'search' function...lol. Anyways, a couple of knowledgeable blokes on some Palm FB Groups think it's a Latania verschaffeltii. I used to think a Sabal of some sort... in any case a species a long way from home and totally out of place in the Top End bush. As mentioned earlier.... as tough as old boots, growing on rocky gravel where even native plant species have struggled to re establish. These first couple of pics I took in the depths of the 'dry season' 12 months ago ^^so no shade, no water and you would think no hope of survival...^^ These next pics taken 6 months later in the middle of the 'wet season'. I felt a bit sorry for it and gave it a good feed of 'Rooster Booster' pellets. Which brings me to last weekend ( post large bushfires in the area a few weeks previously ) One very scorched and singed Yellow Latan.....hard to imagine it surviving the fires, but this area burns at least every second or third year normally, so I'm thinking it has probably seen fire in its earlier days. And probably another 2 and a half or 3 months before any rain. One tough species !
  9. 2 points
    Gray, that's a really nice blue Butia! I visited 4 different garden centers in Houston before I bought mine (bluest one I could find) but it's not nearly as blue as this one seems to be! Maybe it's just the lighting...
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    Come to the Space Coast....Satellite Beach, Cocoa Beach area! Northern part of zone 10a....much cheaper here than down south and certainly less crowded.
  12. 2 points
    The thing is, when you live in zone 8 you inevitably want zone 9 palms. When you move to zone 9, you then want zone 10, etc... So yes, you will surely push the zone and lose palms periodically. It’s all part of the fun. Or sickness. Whatever you want to call it.
  13. 2 points
    Respectfully, I disagree with the risk assessment and so do most insurance companies. I live in a large, new home and I pay $590 annually for hazard insurance with only a $1000 hurricane deductible. We have some of the strictest building codes in the whole country for new construction. My home frame and roof trusses are literally bolted down into the concrete slab with large iron rods that are 25+ feet long. My house is not going anywhere. Officially, it can withstand sustained winds of 145mph. The chances of that occurring are so rare my Home insurance is Less than my car insurance. Again, respectfully, our risk profile is actually fairly low compared to other places. We rarely have tornadic or supercell activity that happens in other parts of the country. There are locations that have been and will always be at higher risk in Florida, of course.
  14. 2 points
    The threat of hurricane winds and flooding is a serious reason to reconsider moving to Florida. The accelerating effects of changing climate are exacerbating the situation. Coastal areas and the entire southern part of the peninsula are particularly vulnerable. As a native Floridian who has moved back, the dismal worry of not if, but when and when again are real fears that occur annually. I don't plan on retiring here. I love Florida's natural environment and warmth and amazing light, but the future here is not good. Beyond all that, warming temperatures are definitely creating better survival chances for planting cold-sensitive palms!
  15. 2 points
    Its true, palm choices are greater down in the southernmost parts of florida. Acreage is going to be more expensive than you think, being from alabama. You will need to water palms in the spring when it doesnt rain much. Covering 4-5 acres with supplemental water during that time wont be cheap or easy. Then there is the cost of hauling all that debris away. If you are older, it may not be an option, healthwise, at some point. If I could have moved further south, I would have but homeowners insurance costs were a lot higher down there, almost mortgage like. The east coast has a 3-4x higher probability of being hit by a hurricane. My area had not seen hurricane winds for 82 years before IRMA and IRMA was barely a cat one when it got here 70-75mph sustained and I lost no palms. That hurrincane fear did drive my decision along with being close to a area with jobs outside tourism businesses. Since I need no extra insurance on my home, flood or hurricane it is notably cheaper here. Down south you may find rocky soil like Ken Johnsons place where you need a jackhammer to plant a palm but you should see that yard! Satakentia, Copernicia, and kentiopsis look the best on his soil. High sandy content soil will need mulching for best results, I dont want to know how much it costs for the mulch and how much labor in involved in mulching even 2 acres. I have sandy soil and I use about 7 cubic yards of mulch for gardens that are about 6000 square feet. Sandy soil also is more expensive to fertilize as deficiencies are harder to control.
  16. 2 points
    Welcome aboard. That looks like a good list of palms! Out of those I particularly like Chambeyronia macrocarpa, I’d definitely get another one given the opportunity. Areca vestiaria, on the other hand, might be too much of a zone push for Winter Garden.
  17. 2 points
    Agreed! Cunninghamiana seems to be the way to go. The current lineup though is: Pandanus Utilis Chambeyronia Macrocarpa Kentiopsis Oliviformis Areca Vestiaria Strelitzia Reginae Dypsis floriencii Pseudophoenix sargentii Cyrtostachys renda (Will be potted) I did just get a beautiful green Malayan coconut that I'll be working hard to protect... It's always been my dream to have a coconut palm so I've been following a lot of what Walt has said about protection and such. Hopefully things will go well. I've got a nice protected spot for it so we will see.
  18. 1 point
    I want to give my oldest palmetto to a family member who loves palms. This said family member lives in Tennessee zone 7a, wuld it survive in the ground here? I have a very limited amount time to know from someone elses opinion. I think it could with protection as this part of TN can easily drop below 0F at times with the most snow ive ever seen being 13 inches. The usual amount is 6" every year depending on how things set up. Clipper systems are usually what will get ya.
  19. 1 point
    Did a mental hike around the garden (2 acres) and came up with this list of what's in the ground. 11 are newly planted during June and early July. That's a total of 75 different palms. There are a number of more that one planting of the same palm. Still lots of room for more. Just need to clear some more areas and check amount of shade for new plantings. Then there is the problem of enough money to buy more and more and more. LOL There are still about 8 more in the shade house waiting for enough energy to dig holes. LOL Adonidia merrillii Areca catechu Arenga engleri Arenga micrantha Arenga microcarpa Arenga pinnata Attalea cohune Butia yatay Calyptrocalyx hollrungii Caryota mitis Chamaedorea elegans Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea geonomiformis Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea seifrizii Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax crinita Coccothrinax miraguama Copernicia alba Copernicia baileyana Cyrtostachys renda Dictyosperma album Dypsis cabadae Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis lutescens Dypsis pembana Euterpe sp "Orange Crownshaft" Gaussia maya Howea forsteriana Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe verschaffeltii Hyphaene coriacea Jubaeopsis caffra Licuala grandis Licuala spinosa Livistona chinensis Livistona mariae Lytocaryum weddellianum Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix roebelenii Phytelephas macrocarpa Pinanga coronata Pinanga maculata Pritchardia arecina Pritchardia beccariana Pritchardia martii Pritchardia minor Pritchardia munroi Pritchardia remota Pritchardia schattaueri Pseudophoenix ekmanii Pseudophoenix sargentii Pseudophoenix vinifera Ptychosperma cuneatum Ptychosperma macarthurii Ravenea hildebrandtii Roystonea oleracea Roystonea regia Sabal mexicana Sabal minor Sabal palmetto Sabal rosei Sabal uresana ? Syagrus amara Syagrus botryophora Syagrus coronata Syagrus romanzoffiana Syagrus sancona Thrinax radiata Veitchia arecina Veitchia joannis Welfia Regia Wodyetia bifurcata
  20. 1 point
    Just thought I would share my Archontopheonix myolensis with you today. For some reason it caught my eye this morning. This was one of the first palms planted in my backyard. It’s been a consistent grower for me although not quick with putting on height. Early on it developed a soft spot on the trunk. I thought I was going to lose it. It has since mostly hardened back up although it is a bit concaved on one side of the trunk near the base. But seems to be moving along just fine now. Fingers crossed it stays that way.
  21. 1 point
    Jeff sent me these photos this morning - with the following caption - LEMUROPHOENIX WITH PATRIOTIC COLORS & FLOWER SPIKE. What an incredible palm, and one that will be nice to have abundant seedlings in the hands of palm gardeners around the world. But it is too early to start counting chickens yet - as I believe this it the first inflorescence - but it sure looks nice and healthy. Just another day at the nursery and garden of Jeff and Suchin Marcus.
  22. 1 point
    It must be nice to have a garden like Jeff's with surprises every morning. Here is another, along with his comments in his email to me. "Dean..we were also greeted this AM with Lemurophoenix halluexii dropping a new leaf..The picture with Suchin I was shaking like a leaf with excitement and blurred a bit..the crownshaft tomorrow will lose the tomentum and be scarlet red..too big to wipe off anymore..Feel free to post if you want ..Aloha Jeff"
  23. 1 point
    Just to reiterate to everyone, I am only looking for insight into good/safe areas in terms of crime, and weather. I am looking for those with experience in zones 9b-11a really with growing conditions, culture, and what you do to amend sandy hard soil. I also want to note, that while I said 1-5 acres, I do not intend to plant 5 acres worth of palm trees. haha I know some of us would. But I would rather have most of that undeveloped for privacy, and create a small "bubble" if you will for gardening/landscaping using palms. A lot of talk about freeze data still has me curious. I suppose the main palms I would want to grow would be those that most find uninteresting. Sabals (which are my favorite), Bismarckia, Mule, other hybrids, Pheonix roebelenii, majesty, and perhaps some cycads, and one or two other more tropical palms, lipstick for instance... who knows. I think coconut palms are overrated....*please don't shoot me* haha For future posts, can we keep this thread about safe areas,(crime and weather), gardening experience and practices in a wetter and warmer climate on average than where I am now, and areas with land/resources?
  24. 1 point
    Ligules, no "N." Thanks!
  25. 1 point
    Hot damn @Chester B. I think you're on to something! That is the closest match that I've seen yet and it is an old plant.
  26. 1 point
    Very nice Jim! Nice green color. Thanks for sharing. The trunkal region is way more elevated above the soil line than mine. And more robust looking. I hope mine gets to that outcome!
  27. 1 point
    Any idea what this is? It's being sold in central fla as a coconut lookalike that doesn't freeze, although I've never seen a coconut with a crownshaft like this..
  28. 1 point
    I have a small Med Fan Palm I want to plant into a raised bed where I have several other palms doing very well for years. The rasied bed is approx 16-18 inches tall and pretty loamy. I have had a Med (cerifera) in this location before but died in a normal Z8b winter the first year in the ground. I had another Med (green form) main stem die that same year in a other location it's first year in. Luckily once sucker survived and is recovering nicely today. My question is should I put some gravel into the back fill to improve drainage? I want to make sure rain in winter doesn't hang out near the root zone in case that was the cause of death for the last two. Also what is your secret to your success with growing Med Fans in humid winter areas?
  29. 1 point
    Lot's of nice palms here. Thanks for the pics!
  30. 1 point
    So it was my birthday last week. My friends Mike and Paul came over to surprise me with a birthday present. When I opened up the present, it was a bag of Queen palm seeds. I laughed it off and was about to throw away the box. They stopped me and told me the toy real present was at the bottom of the box. I looked down and sure enough, there was a handwritten gift card on a Bluebell Nursery business card. It was credit for one large palm. These guys are really special to me ( not just because of the gift). So today, I went with Paul to pick up my gift. With all the choices, I settled on this Dictyosperma album rubrum: NOTE: The woman in the picture is Arlene. She and her husband Jack have been growing palms for 40 years. THANKS, AGAIN...Mike & Paul!
  31. 1 point
    I have a solitary male, but I have no experience in trying to collect pollen. Advice appreciated. Fusca do you still have the solitary female, or only its suckering offspring ? Perhaps we can establish a romance with a solitary female! I have also heard as anecdote that the single trunked form is more common in Algeria. Any corroboration to this ?
  32. 1 point
    The center palm was in a 7-gal. and the others were in 2-gal. pots. I'd say they are 12 ft. at this point. EDIT: Center palm is 15 ft. and the one on the right is 18 ft. with the spear. Had it not been for the eruption, they'd be taller now. Still waiting for them to pick up speed, but I don't know for a fact that they do. Having seen them in Madagascar at a height of at least 60 ft., I'm content to enjoy them at eye level now.
  33. 1 point
    Yep - "remember me" just logs you in automatically. And re: anonymous - I guess some people don't want their boss, wife, parents, etc. to know they have a palm fetish.
  34. 1 point
    In my experience with Archontophoenix the challenges inland in northern California are not just winter cold but leaf scorch from summer sun.
  35. 1 point
    Dave, Thanks mate! I'm definitely going to report back - so stay tuned! best regards from Okinawa Lars
  36. 1 point
    We have planted some really neat plants this year. One of the highlights has been this newly described palm from the Colombian border. If it grows half as well as it has in the nursery, I will be pleased. Hope you all enjoy
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    @Trachyman You can buy the Humilis in every garden center here but the Cerifera and Vulcano are much harder to find. The Vulcano is a very pretty and has the added advantage that they hardly have any spines on their petioles. I hope your Chamareops does well. They can grow very large so I hope it has enough space to grow in the future. Mine are about 1-1.5 m in diameter.
  39. 1 point
    So no stepped growth rings? Maybe mine is not Myolensis but Beatrice? I planted it as a Jungle Music 5 gallon double in 2003. In 2012, I lost one of the stems to crown rot so it has a curve. The crownshaft is lime green, but mine appears to have stepped growth rings, especially the first 10 feet of trunk:
  40. 1 point
    I would agree, around 20F. Dactylifera takes at least mid teens and robelenii is mid 20s so rule of thumb is to average. By the way where is your silver Queen coming from? I've been trying to get one for a while.
  41. 1 point
    I have 2 baby ones. I know someone here who had one live for 10 years. In my 7A, temps have dropped below 10F on 50% of last 20 years. Palmetto will take down to around these temps. It is possible to get to survive with lots of help. What size palm is it? And. Are you transplanting from your FL yard? They don’t move well.
  42. 1 point
    Some great suggestions here! Much appreciated. I would love an active official volunteer program within the IPS. All the Directors and officers are volunteers, but often need reliable assistance and a pool of talent to follow through with specific tasks and fresh ideas like some I read about on PalmTalk. For those interested in even more involvement, volunteers could turn into a pool of Directors who can help the society proceed. Perhaps we could transition into fewer Directors and adding a Trustee group with defined responsibilities different from those of the Directors. This would require ByLaws modification and reorganization. Too much on my plate at the moment to explore and (if practical) instigate these ideas, but look forward to seeing possibilities for the near future. I assure you all that even when I don't reply I value your enthusiasm and thank you for all you do as individuals to support the IPS.
  43. 1 point
    Nice ideas, but I don't think there's a single, simple easy way. I've found that sharing the joy at all opportunities with those who want to, works best. Give away seeds and plants, sell a few more. Show your garden, and put in contact with like-minded others. This takes time. But it's worth it.
  44. 1 point
    Thanks. I'm prepared to do whatever it takes to protect the Areca vestiaria, just like the coconut. It's such a beauty, I've decided to give it a shot. The flamethrowers... I've got plans for 6 of them. Lol. Definitely seems to be an amazing specimen. Can't wait to get them in.
  45. 1 point
    If you have a choice between Archontophoenix alexandrae and Archontophoenix cunninghamiana, I would advise the latter for their extra degree or two of cold hardiness. To my eye alexandrae has the better look, but they tend to be a little hit and miss as far as cold hardiness below 28F. That said, we have plenty that have seen 26F multiple times and are alive to tell the tale + setting seed here in town.
  46. 1 point
    That is great growth Good to see your bentinkias doing so good . I like the rope lighting I,bet that looks nice at night time. Any chance to get a close up shot of the bentinkias ? Thanks for the update
  47. 1 point
    Lemurophoenix halleuxii, and a special story about this little guy. I have five smaller Lemurs in this area, none taller than about 2 feet. About 3-4 months ago I realized that when the weeds are twice as tall as the palms (or more) it's time to take action so I went in with the weed whacker. I had a general idea where the five Lemurs were planted, and none of them was visible because of the much taller weeds. Despite being very cautious, or so I thought, I managed to totally weed whack one of the Lemurs. Big OOOPS! I mean, down to the GROUND. There was nothing left of it and needless to saw I was bummed about it, promising myself to be more careful in the future and always hand weed around smaller palms before weed whacking the area. About three days ago I happened to look out one of my windows, across the driveway, and I saw a little red frond exactly where the weed whacked Lemur had been. And sure enough, the Lemur LIVES! That definitely amazed me.
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    Dean (and Jeff), Spectacular colors and that particular palm has been a super fast grower! Really exciting to see its development in just a half dozen years or so. Bo-Göran
  50. 1 point
    Sadly, I missed this plant in its crimson splendor and even more sadly, I was trying to keep up with Jeff's whirl-wind round-the-garden tour and did not stop to take a photo with a human being next to this palm... it is TALL and huge... looks sort of ordinary in this photo but I assure it is way bigger than it looks... but the crownshaft, though strikingly pale purple, is not it's brilliant red (maybe it needs a new leaf to fall off). But there is still their smaller Lemurophoenix and it looks incredible


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