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  1. 3 points
    Yep.Copernicia berteroana. Heres mine to compare,grown from seed I collected on the 2006 IPS trip to the Dominican Republic. aztropic Mesa,Arizona
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    Palmerston ( satellite city of Darwin, pop of about 45,000 ) has a terrific street tree planting scheme, much better than Darwin's. Some more colour up at the East Point Historical Military Precinct. This was the most heavily fortified site in Darwin during WW2, include two 9.2" Naval Guns ( that did not fire a shot in anger, completed after the last Jap raid in Nov 1943 ). The Delonix regia, suffers a bit of negative publicity from the local Green Garden Gestapo, with lobbying to have them removed due to them being an exotic species with a propensity for weediness. Can't say I've seen it personally, but supposedly the species has got away out along creek lines and watercourses in the Douglas-Daly regions south west of Darwin. This next lot of pics along the road into East Point Reserve is used by the Environazis as an example of feral Poinciannas in the remnant moonsoon vine forest. I'm thinking....hmmm, not bad for over 140 years of settlement and disturbance, including a huge military presence during the War years..... Another fantastic tree in Darwin is the Albizia saman (South-American Rain Tree). We have huge ancient specimens planted out in the City and Botanical Gardens. The ones planted out around Gardens Oval ( a fooball and cricket ground ) are famous Australia wide. A nice shady street at Orchard St, Coconut Grove ( where there is no orchard, nor coconuts.....probably was before Cyclone Tracy ) The Rain Trees are flowering atm. This is one of the prettiest flowering tree species in Darwin. Weeping Rosewood ( Pterocarpus indicus ) A magnificent shady and colourful tree. Sadly, it has a fatal flaw in the Darwin region... yep, the dreaded Ganoderma Wilt has decimated most of the big trees around the City, so to find these healthy specimens over in Nightcliff was a real bonus ! And another couple of nice examples of 'Pride of India' A great Territory native, and an excellent example of a roundabout street planting. Mimusops elengi
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    Welcome to PalmTalk! Clairemont Mesa is home to some pretty fabulous palm gardens, so you are in a choice location. Just want to mention that although your King palms are water hogs, not all palms are the same. Some palms will indeed get root rot if sitting in water. But not these. Once a frond has gone completely brown, trim it off with clean loppers. These palms are fast growers, as palms go, and you'll get more new fronds opening from spears before too long. Also, about the 5 palms in a pot -- it's not unusual to lose one or two of the smaller palms from such a group, so don't take it too hard if one doesn't make it. Happy palm growing!
  4. 2 points
    Here’s one of my Roystonea borenquenias banged up by the Satan Annie wind on Monday of this week
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    After being in a 15ga bucket for a year acclimating, and growing so fast I finally found a spot to plant him out!!! lovely hard to get tree that I’m luck enough to have one in front yard and now 1 in back yard. if you ever can get your hands on one of these, do it !!! Big leaf trees that grow in sun no problem and very fast and tropical looking. I love big leaf trees, plants, palms, Alocasias whatever. And yes that slow as Brahea Dulcis is getting pulled up as we speak. Lol.
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    You’ve got a right to. I think it was this big-ass storm that made the winds even worse earlier in the week. We went from a high on Sunday of 77F after having been in the 80’s for the last 2 months, to 25F just twenty four hours later. The temperature dropped all day on Monday. I’ve never seen a below freezing day here in October. We often don’t even get to 32 at night during the month of October. First frost is usually in November. But hey, it’s 2020 and all bets are off. I’m just glad that the Stay-Puffed guy hasn’t shown himself as was prognosticated!
  7. 2 points
    This is a nice CIDP I spotted on Lawyer. I'm not sure of the age - much appreciated if anyone can guess.
  8. 2 points
    Here is my weather beaten palm, not wind but snow if it makes you feel any better? The snow has now since melted and this palm is back to its perky self. I hope you folks in Cali can get a break soon.
  9. 2 points
    Yesterday's cleaning gave me some room to photo this palm. I think it's a Copernicia but I have no idea which. Rain permitting I'll do some trimming around it and to it and hope for better id. It's been growing in heavy shade for years and should be about 20 years old. So much scrub to cut down, so little time and energy to do it. LOL
  10. 1 point
    These are some CIDP sprouts I am getting after planting on Sep 8, 2020. I will be posting updates of these plants.
  11. 1 point
    Meg, most are sold here in CA with several trunks since growers plant them as multiples but there are cases of pure roebelenii clumping naturally too. Finding singles in one pot is rare here.
  12. 1 point
    You’re Phoenix roebelenii look very healthy. Those new leaves are exactly how they should look. If you had a particularly hot heat wave in the recent past, a bit of leaf burn is possible. These palms like lots of water as you probably know. It normally takes these palms about two years to settle in California particularly if they come from Florida.
  13. 1 point
    Oh but the wind can get rather nasty here as the British would say You’re in something of a hostile environment But .... Lets us hear from the Texans!
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    A few years back I was in the same boat. Only the really tough ones would survive - anything remotely tropical would perish within a year. But after joining here and reading up on others experiences - particularly with improved soil mixes - I'm killing a lot less now! My climate challenges here are more from intense sun and limited shade rather than cold but they are there nonetheless. Well-draining medium is key for success in containers and it comes with a cost, but it's worth it.
  15. 1 point
    They do well here. My neighbor has some that are huge. Probably 4 or 5 feet of gray trunk. Planted in full sun.
  16. 1 point
    Feel like a whiny sissy
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    Maybe a bit over two feet? So far no super costapalmate fronds, but looking closely today it grew two full fronds and has a spear which has come up quite a bit. After the frigid Monday and snow storm it’ll probably stop growing. Here is a photo from just now with a size 9.5 shoe. Also a size comparison with my W. filibusta.
  19. 1 point
    Looks like some interesting thunderstorm activity coming through which will get through to the south coast.
  20. 1 point
    Differences in the number of chromosome pairs can be a barrier but not an insurmountable one. Witness mules, hennys, zorses, ligers, etc. Even stranger hybrids among the great apes have been tried. Humanzee Great Ape Hybrids
  21. 1 point
    I think that's alive could it take that and lower temps to around 9-12 degrees
  22. 1 point
    Hello and welcome to PT Garek007. Seeing the browning you have experienced and knowing how dry it has been with the Santa Ana's blowing the last few days, I suspect that may be part of the issue. No palm appreciates the dry winds we have been experiencing. Some additional thoughts and questions. It sounds like you transplanted your King after having it for a while, but depending on how long you have had it and where you got it, that could be the issue as well. If its a relatively recent purchase from one of the Boxes, it may have been grown in a greenhouse. This could explain the shock of being shifted into a sunny spot. Even if you have owned it for a few months and its acclimated to your garden, if you moved it from a more shaded spot in your garden to its new in ground home you could be experiencing some sunburn. While these palms are hard to overwater, I do want to suggest that if you plant additional ones, don't fill the hole with sand. You would be better off digging a large whole and mix a palm and succulent soil mix in with the soil you remove and backfill with this amended mix. While King palms don't mind having their feet wet all the time in clay soil, many other palms appreciate good drainage. Adding mulch over top of the soil will also help you to retain water so you don't have to irrigate as often whether one has clay soil or a faster draining soil. King palms aka Archonotphoenix cunninghamiana are quite resilient palms, so despite the initial damage, they can pull through this. What part of San Diego County are you in? There are many different micro-climates even 5 miles inland here in San Diego, depending on whether you are on a mesa, in a canyon or a ridge top as what lies to the east or west of you blocking either coastal winds or Santa Ana winds coming out of the east.
  23. 1 point
    Looks like sunburn to me. It’s IMPOSSIBLE to over water a King palm. As stated above, I have them flourishing with all roots submerged in water 24/7/365 day per year. I get seedlings in my pond that germinate below the surface and grow up out of the water. Three of my Archontophoenix are in stagnant water and very happy. Just keep yours well watered and watch the new growth and don’t worry about the browned older leaves. These palms need some adjustment when planted in the ground.
  24. 1 point
    I do not have time to sell to the general public. Shipping singles takes up a lot of time.
  25. 1 point
    RPS: I buy only seeds marked as "New". RPS has a $30.00 minimum order and charges shipping. Amazon: I wouldn't buy any plant material from Amazon as its sellers are often 2nd and 3rd hand. You would save money by contacting an Amazon seller direct through the internet and not pay add-ons and commissions. For example, an eBay seller known as "Polynesian Produce Co" also sells on Amazon at a 40-50% markup. eBay: Check the Buyer's ratings. Does he sell just plant material or mostly car parts, old tools, 2nd hand clothing? I focus on sellers with 99+% ratings. I also research negative reviews to find out what went wrong and how/if problems were resolved. Also, I pay attention to what the seller says about his wares. If he makes fantastic claims or incorrect claims, I back away. Once a seller claimed to sell royal seedlings but the photo he showed was of a bifid (split new leaf) palm. Royal palms put up single, long strap leaves. Finally, don't be tempted to buy cheap seeds from China, Sri Lanka, etc. Often the sellers are trying to defraud you. Also, US Customs seizes all incoming plant material from overseas unless it has official permits & certificates from the government of the exporter. Those papers cost big money and most overseas sellers do not offer them. Without import papers you will lose your seeds and have no recourse. NOTE: Fresh palm seeds will be scarce until next growing season but maybe some PTers out West can send you some Jubaea seeds then. I love the look of the palm but it is an absolute no-grow here in FL. You are young enough to see one actually grow a trunk during your lifetime, although I have serious doubts this species can survive long term in VA. But you can have fun trying.
  26. 1 point
    I think you have some kind of Phoenix hybrid. It doesn't look like pure roebelinii to me. Pygmy dates are solitary.
  27. 1 point
    I'll attempt to give some insight. Others Here may know more about Amazon and RPS. Your first listing for the 50 Sabal X brazoriensis seeds on ebay. Sellers other items for sale are Palmy and one of them can be picked up locally with good feedback. So very likely a good Ebay seller. Washies on Amazon, no clue Next listing on Ebay for 200 seeds Hardy Windmill Palm tree seeds. Seller is only listing those seeds and other completed listings with feedback in the past 6 months are for power tools. So likely a person who has just the Windmill they got seed from and put on Ebay. This what I call a "Fred & Ethel" seller with good feedback. Questions to people like that such as "How old are the seed?" may be important. Good sellers will stop selling certain seeds when viability is likely to drop off. People who aren't really "plant people" will just leave the listing up. I put the pick/collection date in the title of my listings. Some seeds are produced year round, some seasonally, and different types of seeds have different duration of viability. If you go pick up two year old queen palm seed and two year old Christmas palm seed some of the Queens will probably germinate but none of the Christmas palms. Time length varies a lot among palms from very short to very long. Jubaea from RPS. Search the forum here for discussions on RPS and make your own decision. Butia odorata Ebay listing. Seller has lots of palmy and other plant stuff listed and has a good feedback rating so likely a good Ebay seller (although kinda irritated me when they cut my price and people stopped buying them from me). ahaha I can't cut my price to match because I had mine collected by another member here from a tree up in the Orlando area and paid shipping to get them. So I'll probably end up planting them and stop selling that particular kind of seed on Ebay unless I find a local palm I can collect the seed from. The palm seeds you've seen on Ebay with a ruler in the pics are my listings, thousands of sales and 100% feedback, local pickup available for all Palmy stuff.
  28. 1 point
    Searle Brothers Nursery, Inc. & The Rainforest Collection® presented... The 22nd Annual Fall Extravaganza October 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th - 9th, 10th, 11th - 2020 The Few and Far Between - A Palm Sale During the Pandemic Unknowns. The unknown elements pertaining to having a plant sale during the pandemic created the most concern. We didn't know what the interest level would be, or if there would be any demand. I figured there would be at-least some need for landscape material, as there always is... as long as there is any urge for homeowners and gardeners to play in the dirt. As for the plant explorers, enthusiasts and collectors, I personally had no idea as to who might show up; and if they did, do they have their list or cart in hand, or would they just be browsing for eye candy? For those who may not know, South Florida has been hit especially hard by the pandemic. So to have both the desire for plants and the urge to travel during the age of Covid-19, is a particular combo. The nursery had put every pandemic-related safety measure into place. Signs for social distancing and mask usage, a different entrance pathway for customers entering the sales area, screens and safeguards throughout the checkout process and enough hand sanitizer to sink a ship. Hand washing stations were spaced around the sales area and cleaning materials were used to clean the bathrooms and high-volume surfaces after each use. All we needed then was customers. The 'Ganza was effected by other factors as well. Due to the pandemic, we were short on volunteers that often help during the sale days. These included not only those happy to load a trailer, but those with plant knowledge. To reduce movement through the sales area we had assigned locations during the event. I was positioned at the white tent in the main shadehouse. This factor, along with the intermittent rainfall, greatly reduced the amount of photos I took during the sale. Leading up to the sale, I was monitoring the online plant world as much as I could to try and get a feeling as to the 'mood' of plant people. I do this regularly, but I was trying to get an idea of how well the sale might be as a result. The usual amount of communication I had regarding the 'Ganza was way down and those communications I did have had represented a mix of moods, from low to high. I waited to see how this would correspond with customers attending the sale. Thursday, October 1st - 7:41AM - For the first time, the Extravaganza opens on a Thursday morning. This was done to try and maintain social distancing and to help alleviate the crowding that normally occurs on a Friday morning. It didn't work. Most everyone that could attend on a Friday, came Thursday. Plant fanatics follow the credo, 'If they can seek plant, they shall'. It was still early, with the sun fighting to rise among a cloudy sky. The rain was going to play a big part during this already unusual 'Ganza. I took a long gaze down the sidewalk while at the main shadehouse entrance, looking over the Palm selection and anything that might need attention; a fallen plant, a stray hose, etc. Looking to the left (B) the Croton selection was primed and ready for the oncoming onslaught. Hard to make out, but there were 144 different cultivars in there; available in varying amounts. - On the right, the Aroid tables were packed with plants of all sorts. (B) The side road had more than its fair share of plant material ready for customers. In addition to the usual spread of Cordylines and ground orchids, there were unusual flowering shrubs, trees and vines. A botanical oddity or two was mixed in for good measure. - 7:43AM - Under the barn, the Orchids were on display. They were arranged in their groups, most if not all had a photo of the bloom, if they were not in bloom themselves. - 7:47AM - Red leaves everywhere. For some reason, the timing mechanism that controls the newly emerging leaves throughout the Chambeyronia macrocarpa population was in sync. In behind the sidewalk and yellow caution tape, almost every specimen of C. macrocarpa, whether it was a single or multiple, had a new red leaf. It was cool and freaky at the same time. I was not the only one to notice, as the showy leaves waved down customers throughout the first weekend, selling many of the plants in the process. Ryan - Link to For-Sale Topic: The 22nd Annual Fall Extravaganza - For-Sale Topic ----- ----- -----
  29. 1 point
    Florida grown at it's finest!
  30. 1 point
    @Dl53 Another warm welcome, echoing @gtsteve They look like Philodendron bipinnatifidum to me.
  31. 1 point
    Hi mate, welcome to the forum. Although not a palm, it is not unusual for that plant to fall over and straighten and grow aerial roots like that. Monstera, I think.
  32. 1 point
    Bad burn (but not 100%) at 13F and almost none at 20-21.
  33. 1 point
    Royals next to houses can be a mixed bag, though I don't think the problem is damage to a house from the falling leaves. Rather, I think the bigger problem is damage to cars, furniture, smaller plants, or even conks on the noggins of people nearby. Butch is magnificent, but the falling leaves weigh 60 pounds.
  34. 1 point
    Saturday, October 3rd More Rain. Did I mention the rain yet? Ugh. The constant precipitation that dominated Friday continued into Saturday with even more intensity. The chance for rain increased as we went into the weekend. The activity on Saturday was reduced but constant, at least from my point of view. Photographic opportunities were almost non-existent. - 7:29AM - Night and morning were dominated by the falling wet stuff. The wind-driven rain woke me up early as it was hitting the windows. I made a break for it when it wasn't so heavy and made it to the nursery. There was zero traffic. I got the shadehouse ready with plenty of time until opening. There wasn't much else to do, so I walked around taking photos in the rain; one hand on the camera, the other on the umbrella. Any idea of sunrise was just a hint of daylight, it was dark. My flash was the only source of decent light. It was enough to light up the grouping of Licuala peltata var. sumawongii on the right, and not much else. (B) Moving one inch at a time, I stood center at the sidewalk intersection and photographed the grouping of Red Sealing Wax Palms, Cyrtostachys renda. If you look closely between the palms and camera, the flash lit up the larger drops as they fell from the shade cloth. - I shuffled my feet as I moved in the rain, looking for freshly wet palms and leaves to photograph while under the umbrella. I came across this 7 gal. Calyptrocalyx albertisianus that was pulled late the day before. The new red leaf was noticed in behind the caution tape shortly before we closed on Friday. A instant "look at me" flag to palm people everywhere. It was going to be a treat for anyone coming Saturday morning. - 7:31AM - I headed outside of the shadehouse to look around, as it was still early and no one else was around. I tried to take an actual-light shot of the Croton section, but it still came out a bit blurry. I was hand-holding the camera while taking the shot at 1/10th shutter speed. A reflection of how dark it was. The remaining plants were spaced out across the section, creating some large spaces. (B) The Orchids were also moved around a bit under the barn, the only dry spot around. - 7:34AM - The three mature Dwarf Betel Nut Palms, Areca catechu cv. 'Dwarf', showcased out near the main road intersection needed to be photographed again. Somehow, they managed to look a bit more impressive while sitting in the rain-soaked darkness. (B) The smaller one near the front of the grouping was now surrounded by other plants, as the seven gallon specimens were now long gone. Ryan
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    That's a nice one!!!
  36. 1 point
    I live in a cool and wet climate in Amsterdam, especially during autumn and winter. Luckily my 2 armata’s never suffered spear loss. I always pour kitchensalt in the growing point before winter and so far so good. The armata seems surprisingly salt tolerant. Here it is, not as impressive in terms of fronds like in hot climates, but consistently growing without shelter since 2016 in Amsterdam.
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    This makes me want to move my potted clumping D. pembana from my west-facing back patio (gets about 1.5 - 2 hours of direct sun a day, before the trees across the street block it each afternoon, but otherwise is very bright thanks to the 12 foot floor to ceiling screened windows) to my front-facing patio that gets 4-5 hours of bright sun each morning until about 1:00pm. It's been growing SLOW. Didn't have a spear on the biggest part when I got it, and in three months it's only about halfway grown one in. I have an A. Cunninghamiana out front now on the sunnier side that also seems to be struggling, having only put out one frond that it's just now opening up in three months. That being said, I had cut it down to just one frond when I bought it because it was not in the best of shape and they were ratty, so maybe it just isn't the healthiest. It's fronds are also that lighter green color, which I've read is a sign they are getting too much sun to be happy short of burning the leaves. It's been fertilized so I really don't think it's any type of deficiency causing that. I might switch those two out and see how they do. I'm definitely not seeing rapid growth in either, and they're supposed to be like rockets. Surprised to hear this! Makes me want to get my hands on one. When I lived in SFL, Royals were planted on every. single. street. to the point it made me resent them because they were so common. Now, living outside of Orlando in 9b, I rarely see them except for downtown occasionally. They'e such a beautiful palm that I'd assume they'd be planted all over the here if they coudl do well. Whenever I visit SFL, I actually admire them now because I miss how HUGE and stately they are.
  38. 1 point
    It has been inside since yesterday due to Zeta. Everything goes back outside tomorrow morning if the wind isnt too rough. But yeah, here it is!
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    - 7:40AM - With a little time left before we opened, I continued to meander through the sales area. The Bromeliad section had been restocked and recovered the day before. The rain was anticipated so much of the restocking was done late Thursday. - The next section over held the various Heliconia and Ginger cultivars, species and varieties. It is often mixed with some of the larger Flowering Trees, but some of them were used to provide shade in another section. This area also receives a fair amount of collectors and enthusiasts. A lot of the cultivars in this section, whether Heliconia, Ginger or one of their allies, make great companion plants for larger palms. - 10:10AM - We opened to a small trickle of customers which took a couple hours to reach a crowd. In one instance, a crew manning the tractor and trailer transport an order of plants up towards the checkout area. The order included a rather large Dypsis carlsmithii that waved (B) as it went by. - As the order above proceeded down the main road, I walked out to get a shot as it moving towards the checkout, or perhaps the holding area. The silver palm on the back of the trailer is a 15 gal. Copernicia ekmanii. Volunteer Judy Glock helps a customer with the landscape plants, further down on the right in the red shirt. Ryan
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    My Sabal 'Louisiana' speed of growth has sped up now that it's got some age. These first 3 pics are from 3 years ago and the next are from this year. The "trunk" has grown quite a bit and is now 15-18 inches across and 1 foot out of the ground. But getting from a seed to this stage took a long time. Think I grew this from a seed 15 years ago and kept in pot till 3-gallon size. If planted right in the ground as a seedling maybe that would have cut at least 3 years off the time to reach this size. (I wasn't all that good at watering it daily and fertilizing but they're very tolerant of drought and neglect). I actually just was hoping for a big palm bush to block the neighbor's shed overflow. If it develops a bare trunk then I'll have to plant something around the base or put in a section of decorative bamboo fencing.
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    Storm over Darwin Harbour at lunchtime Monday ( Photo credits Damon Wagland )
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    A stretched Copernicia berteroana perhaps, with the green leaves and whitish petioles. Ryan
  43. 1 point
    Good question! This is often overlooked. That said, probably the oldest one here in town is tight up against a house. https://www.google.com/maps/@28.0112732,-81.9485036,3a,75y,173.61h,93.81t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s63HGe7BqIFviWGEbn6Nk8g!2e0!7i16384!8i8192
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    - 8:19AM - The rush was on. The palm frenzy was in full effect, with most doing their best to keep their distance from one another while browsing and navigating their cart down the now wider sidewalk. One customer, whose cart carried a 7 gal. Needle Palm, Rhapidophyllum hystrix, reads up on the Sealing Wax Hybrid, Cyrtostachys sp. 'Hybrid'. Another customer just down the sidewalk examines the lavender tag belonging to one of the specimens. The price didn't deter everyone as we sold two of them. (B) Three and four loaded carts ride past me, each one containing a different mix of palms. Two of them seem to be dominated by Caribbean natives. - 8:28AM - No cart, no bother. A customer carries what I am fairly sure is a 7 gal. Coccothrinax montana. (B) Crotons were as just as popular as ever. I wasn't able to checkout the section, but I witnessed cart after cart going past me, loaded with Croton cultivars. This batch was joined by two, three-gallon palms, a Ptychosperma sp. 'Wotoboho' and a Betel Nut Palm, Areca catechu. A small 1 gal. Cabada Palm, Dypsis cabadae, goes for a ride on the right. - 8:32AM - A tall and slender 7 gal. Golden Betel Nut Palm, Areca catechu cv. alba, joins forces with a 10 gal. nearly mature, Burretiokentia vieillardii. The two of them slowly work their way down the sidewalk and out to the (B) side entrance, while being joined with Crotons and other palms. The nearby cart held a mix of palms, including a 7 gal. Copernicia gigas. - 10:08AM - 10:43AM - Hmm. The tires on this aluminum cart are being tested. It held a little bit of everything, Palm-wise. The larger fan palm on the left with the bluish-silver leaves is an overgrown 7 gal. Azul Palm, Coccothrinax macroglossa. (B) A cart flew past me loaded with a future landscape plan, which included a Singapore Twist Cordyline. Ryan
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    Here is one growing in Dallas Texas USDA zone 8b the last image is from 2020
  46. 1 point
    Most potting soils are high in organic content. The soil starts to decompose and bogs out, leaving wet, oxygen depleted soil, usually in the bottom of the pot so it cannot drain well. Roots need oxygen just as much as they need water.
  47. 1 point
    You don't need an HOA to have obnoxious neighbors. I've had anonymous neighbors turn us in to Code Enforcement for running a "commercial nursery" because of our landscaping, because some of our pots of seedlings could be seen from the street, because we used trays to carry said pots of seedlings, because I could be seen potting up plants in the driveway, because I had a wooden potting table in front of the garage, because I was suspected of selling plants whenever someone stopped by to tour the garden. We think the perp was a North American snowbird, i.e., US or Canadian, who felt obligated to set residents of the Banana Republic of Florida straight during his 6-month tenure. Now, of course, our property is so densely forested busy bodies have trouble seeing anything but green.
  48. 1 point
    these are at my place and pic 2018-v leaf is pitt and flat leaf is kermadec which has taken off now and left pitt behind.Palm at back is a natural Auckland form self sown
  49. 1 point
    Dear Palm Enthusiasts, I am new to this blog...frankly I have never been on one. I have over 250 cold hardy palms on my 1/4 acre of land in Las Cruces, NM. Our elevation is 3,850' and it is in the Chihuahuan Desert. I can grow palms very well despite our rainfall of <8", unlimited sunny skies and lack of water. However I am having a problem that I just cannot seem to correct. I have four Pindo Palms planted in a palm garden along with Brahea armata, Jubaea chilensis, Butiagrus and Chaemerops humilis var. cerifera. The trouble is that while all of the other palms look spectacular, the Pindo's have yellow new growth that continues past maturity. I have Pindo's in my front yard and they are fine. I have applied potassium, boron, magnesium, manganese, zinc and iron to the palms with only slight success wiith the EDDHA Chelated iron. I have given them balanced palm fertilizer as well. This has been going on for three years now. The palms have been very well fed as per the others surrounding them. They have been watered properly and not overfertilized. they are growing well, but they are not the color you'd expect with a healthy Pindo. I am the Horticultural Agent for the county and I have been diagnosing and growing plants for over 40 years...yet I cannot figure out why I cannot improve these palms. The palms were purchaased at different times and all were healthy when planted. I have suggested to the IPS that a data base be formed by the IPS that contained healthy leaf analysis of all the palms of the world so that sick palms would have a standard to diagnose from. Therefore, I am opening up a two parted discussion. Any suggestions?
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    Ok, so I took the keep adding iron approach to the yellowing pindo. I had limited success, so I decided to add dusting sulpher to help drop the pH. now the palms are starting to turn green. while not fast, the are definitely turning green. could the addition of just a little sulphur make that big of a difference. I guess so.

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