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  1. 35 points
    Not really any info here, my garden has suffered several disheartening losses lately, plus Covid-19 and wildfire blues, just some encouraging images,
  2. 20 points
    This one is in Foster City. Usually they hack off the blooms (sadly), but this year they let it go.
  3. 19 points
    Here’s a few pics of my K.p
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    Tooty fruity fallin' in my garden. Dypsis onilahensis hybrid and last photo of a Dypsis heteromorpha. I have no idea if any of these are viable seeds. What is fruiting in your garden right now?
  6. 13 points
    Had to get on the roof today to diagnose what appears to be a leaking solar water heater...grrrr! Good opportunity to take a few snaps while up there, though. Keep in mind this garden was started in 2013, on the main!
  7. 12 points
    Greg Stewart’s thread on his Foxy Lady reminded me to post an update on mine - which I just got via transplant a couple of months back. It went through some transplant shock, and then burned a little through our two bouts of 110+ for multiple days. It’s not much to look at right now, but has put out two new fronds, so that gives me hope for the future!
  8. 11 points
    Just a follow up. A second flower sheath under the next leaf base as well revealing the classic “stick em up” pose. The first outer flower sheath came off...... Revealing a second more crinkled one beneath it. A couple days later I gently helped that one off. It came off quite easily without a fight. And wallah! My Foxy’s first flower. Thanks for looking.
  9. 10 points
    I put this oalm in over 1.5 years ago from a 1 gallon. It has gone threw some growing pains and I thought I was going to lose it first a while but now it is doing really good and becoming one of my favorites. Let's see your stilt palms. I will start with a few. Fort 2 of iriartea and areca vestiarea ( maroon)and vershefeltia
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    Hi all, I thought I'd share this spectacular Facebook post from the local plant legend Adam Black yesterday (He's OK with me sharing it). Does anyone live nearby this population to check for seed? "The coolest find today was a population of miniature Sabal minor! There are several well-known sites in Florida with similar dwarf plants, but this is the first I have heard of from Texas. Note how they are mature at this size with the old inflorescences...a normal young Sabal minor would not flower at this size, there would be fewer leaves, and they would not be this divided. Like some of the FL dwarfs, these are growing among normal-sized plants...you can see one in the back of the photo with my backpack for scale. Saw about 20 of these tiny palms scattered along the base of a hill just above a floodplain in Liberty County Texas. Someone really needs to investigate further into these dwarf occurrences that come true from seed. No seed on these unfortunately."
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    Coccothrinax macroglossa! aztropic Mesa,Arizona
  13. 9 points
    I’ve had these Beccariophoenix Alfredii growing in Modesto for a couple years now and they seem to be doing well!
  14. 9 points
    While a subject not often discussed, the often overlooked coloration or patterning on some of the trees in the landscape, is something that can enhance the visual experience. Most people are already familiar with things like Crape Myrtle, or, specifically in cooler areas, trees like Birch ( Betulus ), a few Maple ( Acer ), and/or trees in the Prunus family which, aside from flowers, and/or interesting foliage, may also add colored bark to their appeal. In drier areas of sub-tropics, some might assume there aren't all that many options to add to the garden which possess such appeal. Most die hard plant geeks already know Rainbow Eucalyptus, a stunning tropical Euc. species from the Philippines, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Attractive as it is, this species can become a bit big for smaller yards. It, like some other Eucalyptus species, can also suffer damage during heavy storm events a bit easier than some trees with stronger wood.. Other trees with attention getting bark, like Gumbo Limbo, Bursera simarubra haven't yet been grown widely enough to test full tolerance to cold, and/or wetter winter soil conditions, particularly in California. Palo Verde ( Cercidium/ Parkinsonia ), a very popular option here in the desert, are beautiful but can also suffer catastrophic damage during storms if not grown " hard " and pruned incorrectly/ hap-hazardly, which happens too often here. Both may also get too big for a smaller yard and some people swear they suffer allergic reactions when Palo Verde flower. ( A myth btw, Pollen produced by these trees is too heavy to be dispersed by wind.. only moved from flower to flower by insects ) Aside from those options.. what other options are there for adding something with interesting colored or textured bark, especially if you have a smaller yard, need something that won't break your water budget ( or you / your house ) but looks good, and ISN'T a Crape Myrtle, and can be found relatively easily, or a little effort? Here are some of my favorite options.. There are some others for us in the Desert, and/or pretty much any frost free/ nearly frost free parts of California, Southern Texas or Florida.. if you're feeling adventurous, which i'll cover in a future thread. Legume- family trees: **Baja** Palo Blanco, Lysiloma candida.. Central/ Southern Baja, possibly found in a few areas on mainland Sonora, Mexico. Still rather rare in cultivation atm, but a couple nurseries in CA. have started to grow/offer it recently.. Generally narrow and upright growth form, to about 25ft in height, on average. Ferny, tropical-looking foliage + starkly white bark, -w/ some blackish/ Grayish inclusions- makes this extremely drought and heat tolerant tree one of two or 3 great stand -ins for Birch in dry areas.. A potentially spectacular option for up lighting at night. 9B. Flowers, seed pods normally not a big debris issue, look like any of the Puff-ball flowered Acacia, Albizia. ** Sonoran** Palo Blanco, Mariosousa williardiana.. **Formally Acacia willardiana** Occasional in Baja, mostly encountered in Sonora, down into Sinaloa.. Extremely drought/ heat tolerant w/ decent cold tolerance ( Has survived in 9A areas, when more mature ) Unlike the above species of "Palo Blanco", a common name that is also used for numerous other, and completely different trees, the " Sonoran"-type can be found growing on some of the hottest and driest gravel plains in Sonora. While young trees look rather wispy in the landscape, with time, and some a couple deep soakings during the summer, ( mimicking when they receive most of their moisture in habitat ) this tree becomes one of the nicest options for hot dry areas. Form is upright, but slightly weeping, to roughly 20ft in height, on average. Foliage has a weepy, willowy look as well. At certain times of the year, rough looking, papery mark sheds itself in sheets or sections revealing smooth white or whitish blue colored trunks. As the bark is shed, it can present colors of brown, gold, red and Orange, or Blue-ish Gray, and tones of Pink.. Flowers look like puffy white bottle brushes. Seed is a papery pod like Albizia.. Both aspects can be a little messy but normally isn't much of an issue. Great tree for limited space/ a courtyard. Was the "desert tree" that introduced me to plants from Sonora, Mexico/ brought me to Phoenix. Arizona / Texas Kidneywood, Eysanhardtia orthocarpa/ texana Similar looking species/ trees, with generally the same habits/requirements. Like a little more moisture than the previous two trees, but can take some drought. Both present nice, tropical looking, ferny foliage and typically stay around 15-20ft in height. Flowers are fragrant enough that the strong Cinnamon/Vanilla scent can be detected from a distance on warm evenings. Very attractive to a diverse amount of pollinators as well. While the old bark on this species doesn't shed to reveal a smooth underside, patterning of it is interesting enough. Another good option for smaller spaces. Zone 9 Trial worthy, and has survived winters in 8B. Texas sp. may be even hardier. Seeds are tiny and never create a litter issue. Chilean Palo Verde, Geofforea decorticans Another legume-type tree high up on the attractive-bark level scale. This rather uncommon and tough South American Native tolerates just about anything the low desert can throw at it. Unlike most Legumes, this species forms pods which look like small round fruit rather than a pod full of seeds. Once processed, the outer, mealy cover of the seeds is edible and used as a syrup substitute in Chile and other regions of South American where it is native. While not the best pictures, have posted others that really show off all the colors in the bark here a few times in the past. Can sucker if given lots of water and the fruit can be somewhat of a nuisance when produced abundantly some years. A few other Acacias, and 3 Albizia sp. ( 2 from Africa, 1 from Mexico ), and a few Mexican/ South American Caesalpinia species options for attractive bark as well.. Unlike the last 3 options, the next 3 will remain fully evergreen through the winter. Texas Persimmon, Diospyros texana From a distance, this small-ish Texas native might look like a Crape Myrtle to some people. Up close, especially when flowering or full of fruit, it is one of the more unique trees on my personal list. Not too big, and takes heat/ drought pretty well. Provides habitat for animals, food for pollinators, the birds/other critters, and people. Fruit, generally produced late summer and Fall on female trees ( Species is Dioecious, Need both male/female to produce fruit ) is quite sweet and different ( and smaller ) from traditional Persimmons. Adding to both the overall look of the tree, and tasty, edible fruit is some very attention getting bark. As older bark is shed, the new bark beneath is a swirly/ marble stone-like pattern of White, Gray, Light Brown, and/or Pinkish Tones.. with interesting " Branding Marks" ..as though someone took a hot piece of metal and carefully went up and down each trunk/ large branch and carefully pressed against it.. leaving a mark, but not damaging the tree. Some populations can go partially deciduous in colder areas but most stay evergreen. Said to be hardy to zone 8 but trial-worthy in 7B, maybe lower. Said to bear fruit when 5-7 years old from seed. Other, more exotic options with interesting looking bark, and edible Fruit? Jaboticaba, Cherry of the Rio Grande, Guava, Strawberry/Lemon Guava.. Allspice, Both Bay and Lemon Bay Rum. Allspice itself has done well in California. Other two Pimenta sp. haven't been trialed enough out there yet to know how well they might tolerate frosts/ freezing temperatures in California, S. Cal. specifically. All options above can be grown in containers however. Ghost Gum, Corymbia paupana.. Whether or not the species offered locally, and out in California, is indeed the " True " Ghost from far Northern Australia / Papua New Guinea, or another, similar looking species from a colder area of Oz also sold as "Ghost Gum", this is my top, non-flowery Eucalyptus/Corymbia choice for smaller yards, landscapes in general.. Even the largest specimens i have seen around town really aren't that big compared to the many other Euc. species that have been planted here. Would say the largest i have seen here -so far- max out at about 25-30ft This species is also said to produce stronger wood, compared to other Eucs and will not be as sensitive to damage from wind, at least here/ in CA. Not sure if the species has been tried in more high-wind prone parts of the country, so no idea how this sp. would do in a Hurricane. If it is the true species, "guaranteed" hardiness will extend to 9B, If it is " ...the more cold tolerant, " hardiness may extend to somewhere in zone 8. As you can see in the pictures, Weepy/ willowly looking foliage, growth form + Blue-ish, Sea Green toned foliage, and that starkly white smooth bark are sure to capture almost anyone's attention. Another great option for up lighting as well.. While most Eucs. do like some moisture, this is one that can take drought and heat well. While many might consider the last option on this list to be something you might see in more temperate areas, This might be one of the toughest Conifers out there.. At least when surviving extreme heat/ drought might be considered. At the same time, the color of the foliage has made it a " must have" option in other, less hot/dry parts of the country. Adding to the spectacular color ( of the foliage ) in selected forms, the bark is outstanding, esp. on a group of specimens i recently came across in a local park. It is also thought to be the " grandfather " of at least two rare species in California. Arizona Smooth Cypress, Cupressus arizonica var. glabra/ Cupressus glabra. Of all the things one would think could be included in a subtropical- themed landscape, don't think many would consider a Cypress, especially somewhere extremely hot and dry.. Yea you see Monterey Cypress and various subtropical stuff mixed together in landscapes in parts of California but it is also generally cooler there.. Here, that same species won't survive. Don't think it will tolerate the humidity of the Southeastern States either. Several cutting propagated selections of this Cupressus species have become quite popular well outside the species narrow range which includes Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, just below the Mogollon Rim north of Phoenix, ...and scattered populations in Southeastern AZ / Adjacent parts of the Sierra Madre in Mexico,.. possibly native to parts of New Mexico and Texas as well. It is often confused with a sister species of the same name whose bark does not shed. Species itself can be variable in form, ranging from short, tight, and upright, to irregular and somewhat weeping. As mentioned, this variety of Arizona Cypress is likely the grandparent to the extremely rare, Cuyamaca Cypress, Cupressus stephensonii native to a small area in the mountains east of San Diego which has recently started to be grown for sale in some nurseries, and shares the same bark shedding traits w/ two other, somewhat rare Cupress sp. in southern CA / Baja: Tecate Cypress, Cupressus forbesii and Guadalupe Cypress, Cupressus guadalupensis ..which, like many other endemics from the same island, were nearly wiped out by Goats / other introduced herbivores. Now that the island is free of these animals, these Cypress, ..and the just as endangered Guadalupe island. Pine, and Palm ( Brahea edulis ) are beginning to recover. Side by side, both the Species seen in AZ, and Cuyamaca Cypress would look identical ( similar foliage color/growth pattern/ peeling /colored new bark ). Tecate and Guadalupe Cypress tend to have greener foliage. While the Icy blue foliage was attractive enough to gain popularity world- wide, that aspect is only up-staged by newly revealed and smooth bark. Have seen other specimens, though none as colorful as these in the 2nd group ( Pics # 3-9 ).. While the deep, warm Cherry Red tone is common, don't recall the additions of Pink / Blue-ish tones, Green and Gold in specimens i'd seen in the past. Pretty neat. Can think of some super silver or blue colored Yucca, Cacti, Palms / Cycads that would look good situated near these. Bark colors kind of gives Rainbow Euc. a run for their money, imo. and much easier to grow than our native/ Texas Madrone. Interesting that this Desert Mountain dweller can grow in a hot, often drought plagued landscape alongside Cacti, Yucca, and Agave, and apparently thrives in the Southeast US alongside lusher, more tropical looking plants, and Azalea. Not even most Manzanita ( Arctostyphalos ), Mission Manzanita ( Xylococcus ), or the super rare Baja Bird Bush ( Orinthostaphylos ) can be grown in such far flung places. For the most part, most species in the 3 Genus mentioned above are restricted to California Landscapes. All also are options for attractively colored bark as well.. Large and more irregular/ weepy specimen. ( Near Ray/ AZ. AVE. Chandler, AZ ) Short, tight, and upright specimens ( Desert Breeze Park, Chandler AZ. ) Enjoy.....
  15. 9 points
    My latest- filibusta bass, birch top with resin covering fabric.. Turned out nice!
  16. 9 points
    Check this fused leaf Chamaerops. I passed by it lots of times and tough, at distance, that it was Sabal "Lisa", but today I stopped to take some photos...and found out that it wasn't so. Take a look at petiole/leaf base colour.
  17. 9 points
    Buh buh buh bam!!! 3 outta 5 ain’t bad.
  18. 8 points
    The first picture is of my Nainital . The second is the trunk of my Princeps . The lower trunk is about as fat as it is going to get and it's beginning to move upward . The last picture is an overview of the palm .
  19. 7 points
    Hey everyone fall has hit hard abs fast. We had our first frost the other day and all the farmers here in southern Ontario lost there crops. Well crops that are tropical like veggies and tobacco. The palms has to come In but here’s a great pic of my foxtail 15g with my little girl for size.
  20. 7 points
    A few cocos spotted in Conway. One just south of Curry Ford Rd is much taller than the roof line over the fence. This one in Belle Isle has been there a while and right off Hoffner.
  21. 7 points
    L. Nitida has been a fast grower in z8b San Marcos, TX. It’s handled cold better than w. robusta, is much larger and has grown at the same speed as robusta. This large specimen is 24” wide at the base of the trunk and was a 5 gal size planted 3.5 years I ago. The lowest temps it’s experienced so far were a quick dip to 18* that produced about 30% foliage burn.
  22. 6 points
    I had an Archontophoenix pass away last year. Decided to try carving on it... the wood was pretty soft but worked out .. now it will live on. This is the first tiki I’ve carved from one of my own palms
  23. 6 points
    Been long time since i had to dig this big of a hole. Really sucks in clay; got little shovelitis today. But finally got this bad boy into the ground. The more I look at this Palm the more it looks like Hildibrandii. Was hoping it wasn’t but Still looks good. See how it grows. Really trying to get my back yard Fan Palm Theme going. Wish Pritchardias were little faster but trying to get Variety of them growing. Wish they were easier to identify.
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    Took this photo about a month ago. I'm not sure how it looks now, but hopefully I'll get viable seeds from the needle palm.
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    In a year that has been somewhat subdued around the garden this summer, A bright spot, poking up to sprinkle color through a lot of green, has been my collection of Rain Lilies, or more correctly, any of the bulb- forming plants in both the genus Zephyranthes and Habranthus.. These low growing plants, native from the Southeastern states, Texas, and Arizona, down to South America add both movement and soft texture, via grassy looking foliage, and periodic firework display- worthy displays of color when soaked ...either by nature itself, or the hose. On top of that, they are one of the easiest companion plants for creating naturalized drifts of color around the garden, requiring minimal water.. or very little, depending on the species. Some will remain evergreen, or disappear until being soaked again. Some produce little foliage but surprise when rain triggers a mass flowering display. They are admired enough to have been passed around world-wide with several ardent admirers dedicating lots of their time and effort to hybridizing. In some areas around the globe they have become near- invasive but really don't seen to degrade areas they colonize. Flowering cycles depend on the species, and amount of water they receive.. Have had some flower as early as mid April, and others as late as October.. The nice thing is many will flower several times through the warm season and sometimes out of season in places like Florida, or South Texas. Most of the commonly encountered species will offset and seed fast enough to create large colonies in a short amount of time.. Others are a bit slower, but build up their steadily. Flower color is typically Yellow, Yellow Orange, White, and shades of Pink but in the last several years, those hybridizing them have created crosses with deeper Orange and Red flowers. Less commonly seen species add pale yellow, and Lilac that fades to Blue to the mix. Some, like the common Texas species, Zephyranthes drummondii are intensely fragrant and also contribute the large flower size to crosses involving that species. Successful attempts involving both Genus have been made with sister genus such as Spreckelia ( Aztec Lilies ) and Rhodophiala ( Ox Blood Lilies ) in recent years as well. Unlike traditional Crocus that are restricted to relatively cold climates and despise hot dry places, there are a few species of Rain Lilies that will survive and cultivated in zone 8 or 7b and thrive where it is much warmer. Unfortunately, the two genus are often miss labeled in the nursery trade with some places labeling Zephyranthes species as Habranthus, or reverse.. regardless, same general culture, watering, etc.. Rarer species are slowly becoming more available as well. Great when allowed to create drifts below / in between other plants, or in containers. Some of mine: Texas Copper Lily, Habranthus tubispathus/H. t. var. texanus ( Formally listed under the now defunct Genus Cooperia ) This is one of the Hide and Seek species, frequently flowering w/ out leaves that appear briefly either right after the flowers, or in the winter. Likes drier conditions and rockier/ grittier soil. Slow but steady to form drifts but spectacular when hundreds of flowers suddenly appear out of a patch of bare soil. Citrine/Yellow/ Golden Rain Lily, Zephyranthes **Likely citrina** Sometimes sold as Zeph. sulphurea, which doesn't exist.. The **Likely** was added due to this species near perfect resemblance to another species, Z. flavissima. Both have been cultivated in the Hort. trade and quite likely miss labeled. Z. citrina originates in far S. Texas down to the Yucatan and likes drier spots/ tends to go dormant. Z. flavissima originates in South America and hangs out closer to water/ moister places/ can remain more evergreen out of flower. Regardless, Both are very easily grown and spread at a steady rate. Always flowers in mid-late summer for me. Crossed this with another sp. last year and waiting to see what the seedlings will look like. Crossed it w/ a Pink Flowered sp. i have this year.. Just to see what happens. Brazos Rain Lily, Zephyranthes Chlorosolen This is one of the two intensely fragrant, most commonly cultivated, white- flowering species, both from Texas, and is sometimes miss- labeled as Z. drummondii but typically has smaller flowers that are more funnel shaped and long tubed where as flowers of Z. drummondii are quite large and flatter-faced w/ a shorter floral tube when open. Z. chlorosolen is evergreen for me but only flowers -repeatedly- during the summer. Z. drummondii can flower earlier. Quite a prolific seeder as well.. Threw a 1 gal into a 25 gal pot to establish a colony i can divide later and it was filled with expanding plants/ sprouting seedlings within about a year and a half.. Zephyranthes/Habranthus robustra ( Pics # 1-2 ) and Zephyranthes grandiflora/ minuta ( # Pics 3-5 ) Talk about a ball of confusion.. Both of these commonly encountered Rain Lilies have been passed around so much that they are often miss- labeled and sold as a non existing species ( Z. grandiflora ) Culture is about the same.. Tend to be semi evergreen if provided enough moisture, have large flowers, and are steady spreaders. Z./H. robustra flowers a bit earlier ( mid-late spring for me ) than Z. grandiflora/minuta. Z./H. robustra.. Zeph. grandiflora/minuta... Zephyranthes X "Prairie Sunset" While this cultivar adds a nice pinky orange that fades more pink.. it is often a somewhat shy flowered cultivar. Wants to build itself up before it begins flowering well after planting. Can be evergreen w/ regular water or will go dormant until soaked. Supposedly sterile.. My colony has yet to form seed. Numerous others to look for/ grow. Z. atamasco and Z. candida are very commonly sold in nurseries, esp. in the Southeast. Waiting for the prices come down before trialing some of the red flowering cultivars.. ( Have seen offers for a SINGLE bulb ranging from $125.00 to $300.00 ..EACH! ) Enjoy..
  28. 6 points
    My other Dypsis prestoniana is starting to show some nice color after the last leaf leaf base fell off. Rings are a lot tighter on this one compared to my other one so I'm not getting the nice striping below yet, but maybe eventually. Had to give the full monty shot of it too in the last photo as its got nice structure besides the color.
  29. 6 points
    Yes, since last year it has already grown a ton! these are insanely fast. Little bit of sunburn from earlier in the year but it doesn't care. Got a while to catch up to Ben's size!
  30. 6 points
    My front doorbell and alert when anyone pulls up to park on the front rocks is standing alert at the front gate in the first photo. She does the same on the back driveway with her indoor companion "El Gato". As you can see Senior Gato is in charge even when my Appenzeller just wants to play. The Appenzeller will herd anyone coming inside the gates, just part of a days work if you don't live with cows to herd in the Swiss Alps.
  31. 6 points
    Here's a little end of summer update. I think the needle palm put on some good growth (so did the musa basjoo lol)! Also included a pic of a small waggie palm I have as a foundation planting. Maybe its too small to overwinter, but it'll be an experiment + get good protection.
  32. 6 points
    Steve, I as well started my Caribbean garden. Still looking for a few more to add in.
  33. 6 points
    The coconut looks pretty ragged but at least it has gone through winter with no protection other than a 2 week period where I wrapped an old removalist blanket around the trunk. It'll green up again now, it's surprising just how quick it comes back with a bit of warm weather. I'm very pleased with it, very comforting to see that it can tolerate winter unprotected, it might look a bit rough by the end of winter but it still came through.
  34. 5 points
    Just thought I'd share my experience here in Accomack County on Virginia's Eastern Shore growing palms and cycads. We are at the colder end of Zone 8a with average winter minimum temps of 10-15°F but we do get a few winters every half decade or so where we might get a few days or a week of temps down into the single digits or below (-5°F). We are colder up here than down in Cape Charles or Virginia Beach. Roses in Cape Charles will still be blooming at Thanksgiving when up here all the trees including the pecans have already dropped their leaves. In Virginia Beach there's lots of spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) growing on the trees but here I only know of one woods near Eastville with a surviving population of the airplant. Been meaning to plant some on some bald cypress trees and see how it does. Needle palms do fine here, but I don't know of any specimens with trunks. Mine is typical: Needle Palm (Rhapidophyllum hystrix) I tried a miniature chusan palm "waggie" (Trachycarpus wagnerianus). It got big enough to bloom but two back to back cold winters finally killed the growing spear :-( Miniature Chusan Palm (Trachycarpus wagnerianus) Blooming waggie I had hoped the waggie would be more cold hardy than the ubiquitous chinese windmill palm (T. fortunei) but maybe mine wasn't large enough. I do know of quite a few larger T. fortunei which survived the winter(s) which did mine in.. I did set out a dozen or so Cycas panzhihuaensis and two survived. I planted them in a very hot spot with powder-dry soil and think I lost most of them to drought rather than cold. Most years the leaves are killed come January/February but resprout come spring like a die-back perennial. The past winter was warm and the leaves survived. Very slow growing for me. Cycas panzhihuaensis I planted a sack of a thousand Jubaea chilensis seeds "coquitos" and about a 100 germinated for me. I raised them in an unheated greenhouse/coldframe and over the years lost some due to either cold, too much water not enough water, etc and was down to three 5-gallon size plants. Then I lost 2 more and was then down to a lone survivor. Wasn't root-bound but wasn't producing new fronds so decided it was time to plant outside to dp or die a couple years ago. Grew quite a lot this summer. Had read somewhere these didn't grow on the East Coast (too hot in Florida and the Deep South and too cold in the Northeast). Our summers here are hot and muggy with hot, muggy nights. I've tried other plants from Chile that do well until they succumb to the hot summer nights. So far the J. chilensis appears to be happy. I know someone on Chincoteague who plants out pindo palms (Butia capitata) for the summer season. Occasionally they'll make it through a winter but eventually they'll get frozen much like oleanders. So fingers crossed. Would like to try the JubaeaxButia hybrid if I could find the spot for it. Chilean Winepalm (Jubaea chilensis) in foreground. Sabal minor "McCurtain" in background Chilean Winepalm I grew some Sabal minor "McCurtain" and Sabal minor var "Lousiana" from seed. The Louisiana has grown quite large and has been fruiting for several years and lots of volunteers around its base which is probably a foot in diameter but can't yet be cconsidered a trunk. Sabal minor Lousiana Sabal minor var. Lousiana I planted out a couple dozen dwarf palmettos grown from seed from McCurtain County, OK which is Zone 8a like here. Planted a half dozen on either side of a walkway on the south side of the house where I thought they'd be protected. The ground is very sandy, powder dry so kept them watered when little, but now they don't need supplemental water but have probably grown too big for their location and are probably too big to try to move. Sabal minor "McCurtain" Getting about a 5-gallon bucket of seeds off 7 of the bigger plants every year now. Fruiting Sabal minor The mockinbirds and other song birds feast on the fruit all winter/spring and spread the seeds everywhere. Volunteers growing under a Snowball viburnum (V. opulus 'sterile') The seedlings are perfectly cold hardy here surviving -5°F winter temps with no protection. Drought hardy as well. I planted some seed out beside a walkway last year where some volunteers had sprouted the prior year and they germinated mid-July when temps reached upper 90's°F https://zot.shorehub.com/photo/4ca9cee5-c086-4196-98e4-2e6dbd01dc31-0.jpg We had a severe drought this summer from June to July, but it didn't affect the sabals seedlings which made good growth: 2-year old seedlings (and some 3-year olds with fans) I also planted some sabal minors on the NE side of the house among the azaleas, rhododendrons and mountain laurels. The neighbor has some large 50+ year old loblolly pines which suck all the water out of the ground but provide light dappled shade. I think the leaf color of the sabals is improved with the shade. https://zot.shorehub.com/photo/bb00bb78-d5a0-4647-994e-87be7a84d1b3-0.jpg https://zot.shorehub.com/photo/b462cb59-7902-4318-ba49-015ffda38dc9-0.jpg https://zot.shorehub.com/photo/ce42ad45-0502-4fb9-a085-edf149c3f2d7-0.jpg Grew some Cretan Island date palms (Pheonix theophrasti) from seed and they were easy to germinate. Grew them in pots in an unheated coldframe and they survived a couple seasons before I eventually lost them all. Not sure if they might have survived if planted in the ground or if I had brought them inside till they were larger. Anyhow, I'm really pleased with how the sabals do here. I'd like to try Sabal etonia. I like the look of the costa palmate leaves and the shorter flower spikes are tidier. Found a forestry/native plant site in Florida offering them but have procrastinated. Maybe next year.
  35. 5 points
    I’ve got jubea seedlings popping up around the yard for whoever wants to come get them. Also some silver fan Palm probably Brahea armata. Also a free chamaedorea radicalis band for whoever makes the trip out. Jubeas probably took 18 months just to germinate so should give someone a good head start.
  36. 5 points
    Hey all, I've had pretty low success with some of the larger Dypsis in my yard. My next door neighbor however, has a number of them that are rolling right along. One that caught my eye as I turned the corner today was this one. They grow fine for me in pots, but I haven't been able to keep one happy once in ground. This is a really pretty palm, so I guess I need to keep trying. Thanks for looking!
  37. 5 points
    Pushing the boundaries of Cropping, with this pic. Syagrus Romanzoffiana frond silloutted against snow capped peaks. Perhaps I should have taken this pic in July and the snow would have been near the bottom of the mountains.
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    Hey! I’ve recently rescued a group of three cocos nucifera I found laying on the floor without any care at a market here in Mexico City. After I got them I got curious if there was any possibility of growing them given that the city is at 7,500 ft of elevation more less and I ran into some interesting cases in neighboring cities where they grow at basically this elevation with little trouble. Maybe the fact we are inside the tropics has cooperated! Does this mean it’ll grow here? the most interesting case in my opinion are this palms growing at 1960 m over the sea level in the neighboring city of a Queretaro, which is north of Mexico City and more prone to get cold fronts and obviously with a much less considerable heat caused by human activity since they aren’t at a 22 million people urban area and even with that, check out how they are:
  40. 5 points
    You may recall that my Carpoxylon had a severe case of pink rot last winter. I thought I was gonna lose it, but it's actually pulled through. There is a hollow spot in the woody trunk that I assume will eventually open up and be unsightly, but the growing point is up and away from any of that funkiness. Since I cut down a foxtail that was above it (foxtail was riddled with pink rot) the Carpoxylon has thrown a few leaves that are much more compact and recurved due to the extra sunlight. It's looking pretty darn good and doing a visible swelling of the base. Here's the visuals....
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    First time I've seen this
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    I have a couple very nice full sun grown 15 gallon Tri bears (Dypsis leptocheilos X Dypsis decaryi) hybrids for 600.00 ea These Don't come around that often and at this size. call/text @ 760-505-0457 or send me a PM sorry no shipping. these are far to big to do so thanks for looking
  43. 5 points
    A nice feather leaf palm to view in 7B- 8A from inside the house . Mekong Giants in the distance , Will
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    So another member was kind enough to send me some yaray seed . Started noticing this week we got spikes!!!
  46. 5 points
    Saw a couple really nice Coconuts in Tarpon Springs today it looks fairly 10a there. Saw Banyan trees aswell Coconut in the distance beyond the house Several coconuts in the backyard Large Royal Palm (There were even larger ones around)
  47. 5 points
    Just bought a second one yesterday to match this one I planted September 1st . It was in a three gallon pot and the new spear has come up that tall since then...
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    Plenty of room. Roots generally grow around obstacles. aztropic Mesa,Arizona
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    I'll give this thread a bump. I planted one (too) close to a SE facing wall of my house in Z8a. It was mostly just an experiment, and my thought process was that it would die eventually some cold winter before getting too large. It has only been planted out for 1 very mild winter, but since being put in the ground it has taken off in growth. (maybe 1.5' tall last year at this time, now at least 5') Now, I'm kind of scared that it might actually make it. (and I wish I had planted it a couple feet out from the wall) If it makes it to trunking size, it will develop a lean away from the house... right?
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    It is coming on to Tabubia aurea season in Darwin.... a nondescript, dare I say it, even an ugly tree for 10 months of the year, then every late August/ September we are graced with the magnificent yellow flower display. It is a street tree in Darwin and is everywhere......verges, median strips, parks, private gardens.......

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