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  1. 17 points
    Now that I've amassed a huge collection of palms (mostly small ones in pots, but several larger ones), I've taken a moment to ask myself what initially triggered the madness And I realized that (for me) it was the difficulty in obtaining palms at large sizes that was the initial trigger... fueled by the relatively low cost of young specimens (if you go with an inexpensive supplier like Floribunda). For me the "gateway palm" was Dypsis leptocheilos ("Teddy Bear"). I had removed many Queen Palms, and posted on Palmtalk a question of what to replace them with. Fifty or so suggestions later, I decided on a Teddy Bear for the most prominent spot, and tried really hard to find a big one! I heard there was a huge one for $1000 in Orange County, and scoffed at the price, but later learned it sold for that price (and quickly too). I eventually found a 15 gallon one for $185 locally, And happily snagged it. Now that I had one young palm I then asked myself "What else should I start growing, since I'm going to need to invest 5-10 years to get this one to a decent size?" I bought a few more small palms from Jungle Music, then got some great snags from local palm sellers (like Joe at Discovery & Josh at Fairview). I also invested in a few larger specimens from Rancho Soledad (including two very tall flamethrowers... though they didn't carry a lot of the more rare stuff). Last step was to put in a Floribunda order... and I decided to get ALL the ones I didn't have yet!!! Ok, not really all of them, but a got a ton, as it wasn't a big financial commitment at $15 each. Going down their availability list, I would look up each name on Google Images, run it through the "Palms for California" website, and read lots of threads about it on Palmtalk. If my conclusion is that it *might* look amazing in my area, I then added it to my shopping list (sometimes in multiples). Many of my palms already have a designated spot in my yard, but others fit into the category of "I'm going to stick you here for now and find a place for you if you start getting interesting." I figure I can eventually sell or trade any extra palms when the smoke clears... and to the more "iffy" ones I wish them best of luck ("May the odds be ever in your favor"). If they do survive, I'll be able to post my amazing specimen on Palmtalk someday (I obviously won't mention the casualties). As for the Teddy Bear Palm (my initial quest), I now have two 15 gallons, and NINE "baby bears" in pots. I also hunted down an elusive "Tri-Bear" hybrid (half leptocheilos, and more beefy)... so now I have a "Daddy Bear" (Tri-Bear), "Momma Bear" & nine "Baby Bears". What am I going to do with them all? "Daddy Bear" and one of the "Momma Bears" are already planted in the backyard, and I have a spot for the other "Momma Bear" in the front yard. I also have a skinny strip for three "Baby Bears" to be planted in a row. As for the other six "baby bears", I'm going to give a couple to family, and who knows... maybe sell the others for $1000 someday (ok, I'm not holding my breath on that one LOL). My point is... it's the fact that I was told "You absolutely can't have that cool Palm at a large size!" that likely triggered my own addiction. And now when I see new people on the forum innocently ask "Hey, where can I get a box specimen of ____________ (insert extremely rare palm name)" I chuckle to myself, and figure one of two things is going to happen... 1) They're going to get frustrated at the lack of rare palms at large sizes and go back to the Home Depot options... or 2) They'll start buying palms at smaller sizes, place their Floribunda order (or buy from a local seller), and start filling their yards with tiny pots of future awesomeness. And to the latter I say "Welcome to Palmtalk!"
  2. 15 points
    I just saw Beccariophoenix for sale at a local nursery in Fresno. This is the first time i see this species available at a retail nursery, and i hope it becomes more commonly available.
  3. 14 points
    Gets some lower leaf spots with the Winter chill but has grown fast for me here in Cape Coral. Planted on the north side of my house about 4 years ago as a 1 gallon seedling from Meg.
  4. 13 points
    Hi All. I saw these magnificent Jubaeopsis caffra yesterday at an indigenous nursery on the KZN South Coast, South Africa. They are huge and flowering and seeding. Their containers are huge. Sadly won’t be able to get one to my place. Just had to share.
  5. 13 points
    So I am currently on the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England. You can cross over from Portsmouth on the ferry, which takes about 30 minutes. The island is a palm paradise in general, but the southeastern portion is almost like a mini Califronia. I will let the photos do the talking. All these CIDP and Washingtonia were planted tiny about 10-15 years ago now. I'll start with the Trachycarpus Fortunei... Phoenix Canariensis... Brahea Edulus... Brahea Armata... Going in heavy with the Washingtonia now. Excuse the sun in my eyes... There were several Jubaea Chilensis planted out... Butia Odorata... Chamaerops Humilis... Musa Basjoo... Cycas Revoluta... About a mile down the road we sat down to have lunch, as dolphin pods jumped out of the water while we ate... Off the coast of Niton, right next to the spot we ate at, I spotted a Washingtonia in a back yard. Unfortunately the garden was not really accessible to get photos, so I unlawfully hopped the fence to get some shots. Not really being one to follow rules, I am certainly glad I went over, since it turns out there were two Washies in that back yard... Massive palm updates from the Isle of Wight coming. I have barely scratched the surface here...
  6. 11 points
    I have to get a few more of these. Moultrie sold out earlier this summer and will need to get down there and pick up a couple.
  7. 11 points
    All new SoCal palm addicts suffer from size envy and the determination to get the biggest possible. All old, sorry, experienced palm addicts only want small. Why? A quote from Ursula K. Le Guin helps- “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” I was terrible about buying large. My first years I purchased some of the ugliest palms because they were big. Hint: most don’t grow out of their early, poorly-grown blemishes. I hated going to gardens and seeing beautiful specimens and coming home and comparing to my skinny ass palm I planted that was stuck in a 15 gallon for 10 years. I believe I have now ripped out every early, already-trunking palm purchase I made. Some died. Some I planted smaller had passed similar ones planted large in size or smaller planted palms of the same species were already way more beautiful. Sure, there are exceptions for me nowdays. I always look for the largest of the super slow-growing palms I can find. For example, many Copernicia’s and Cocothrinax are so slow you won’t be able to fully appreciate them in a lifetime in SoCal. But past that, I either grow from seed or buy small from Marcus or other sellers. I get a lot of visitors to my garden (that pic of the two Licuala you showed in another thread are mine) and inevitably I get asked most the time from younger palm people for some advice. “Enjoy small, because time goes by so fast”. Many of the palms you are planting small now will be overhead in the not to distant future.
  8. 10 points
    Well, I put two of the Pseudophoenix Sargentii in the ground, up front by the road…. hot, driest part of the yard, full, direct sun all day. Hopefully they are happy there and don’t die of dog-urine poisoning or teenage vandalism. Charlie Brown’s Pseudophoenix…… March 5th 2021… Today… The One-Armed Bandit grew another arm, so I figured it was time. June 9th 2021…. Today… Still have to find spots for 3 more in pots. Hopefully these do well in the ground.
  9. 10 points
    Poor things. No mist on the nozzle this time . Just shower. Today was a scorcher.
  10. 9 points
    Picked one up today after seeing it out back at Liberty Landscape. No plans to buy a palm today but you know how that goes sometimes.
  11. 9 points
    Aside from the Nacapule Canyon Display, Tohono Chul is another great spot for interesting Cacti / Succulent- type plants, particularly since, unlike Desert Botanical, Tohono Chul can occasionally receive snow in the winter, and sits 1,000ft ( give or take ) higher in elevation than DBG. While most of the cacti / succulents here can tolerate the occasional cold, a few less seemingly hardy things actually look better here, than specimens i have seen at Desert Botanical. A couple Agave.. Newer display ( Don't recall it being here in '17 ) of some interesting, smaller Cacti.. Like the stone used here.. Good sized Organ Pipe ( Stenocereus thurberi ) Various Aloe Aloe " Hurcules ", now a little beast ( have to look over the older pictures, but don't think it was over 5' last time i was here.. certainly hadn't started branching. ) Excellent Deuterocohnia specimen.. Some other Dyckia / Hechtia around the garden, noticed several looked like something had munched 'em down to almost nothing though.. Probably Javalina ..or Rabbits. Pachypodium geayi, i think.. regardless, a bit surprised to see such a big specimen here.. yet can't think of seeing one -of a similar size- anywhere in Phoenix ( that i have been ). A couple i remember from Desert Botanical always looked tired / burnt out from the heat.. Lost all of mine ( much smaller and kept out of the sun ) Could be bad positioning ( too much sun.. ) or something else that keeps bigger Pachypodium from being a more common sight in landscapes around Phoenix ( ...or i haven't looked around enough, lol. )
  12. 8 points
    Planted yesterday. The 30 gallon was a bit of a beast what with her leaning sideways. I planted her a bit high as that area beyond is low down and plan on raising it 4-6”. She is currently tied down as she was bit tippy. Planted on the South side of the house where an first hits in the day as being in 9a Bizzies are a bit of gamble.
  13. 8 points
    These palms you are growing thrive on neglect. Have you heard the phrase “Killing them with kindness”? Your soil sounds fine, I think you need to stop repotting, overwatering, over fertilizing, etc and generally stop fussing over them. Put them in a nice sunny spot and forget about them. Go check on them once a week and stick your finger an inch or so down in the soil. If it feels damp don’t water. If it feels bone dry water. You get summer rain so I expect you will not need to water much. And don’t forget these are palms they tend to grow pretty slowly at small sizes. It may take 2 years or more before they’re ready to go into the ground. More potted plants die from excessive human intervention than just about any cause.
  14. 7 points
    Made a quick, and somewhat unexpected journey back down to Tucson today to pick up some must acquire stuff ( while i can grab it easily ) at a plant sale hosted by one of the region's premier native plant growers. After visiting the Nursery, i'd planned on visiting a couple nearby spots to grab some final images of Tucson / the nearby Desert but, as i often do mid- trip at times, decided to completely up end the morning's plans and decided to make a stop at a local Botanical Garden i hadn't visited since the summer of 2017. Figure this will be the last time i'm able to do so, easily, while still local. Why not right?... Anyway, as is always the case at this particular Garden, wasn't disappointed in seeing how everything has grown in the time between visits, esp all the Brahea and Sabal uresana in the " Nacapule Canyon " display which was created to reflect the landscape of a well known spot a few hours south in Sonora Mexico, where the dry tropics become more " tropical " ~ compared to Arizona's section of the Sonoran Desert Eco region.. There ( ...And in Tohono Chul's display ) one can see many examples of various plants in largely neo -tropical Genera / families that managed to adapt to a hot / and fairly dry environment as the boundary between more tropical flora / fauna to the south, and stuff that extends south from more temperate parts of North America fluctuates over time. As mentioned before, some of Arizona's most admired - and iconic " desert " plants are relatively " recent " immigrants to this part of N. America.. only moving north as the climate here dried out and became warmer. At one time several thousand years ago, Palo Verde themselves were restricted to areas no further north than southern Sonora / N. Sinaloa.. While some might consider Sabal uresana a slow / slow-ish grower, the difference between how most look now, compared to back in 2017 is very obvious.. I'm sure the thread from that visit is somewhere to be found here. Helps this summer was WET, especially down in Tucson too, esp. after two very dry years in a row. Appears the garden has added / added to a section near the Nacapule Canyon display exclusively for all things Fouquieria ( ..Ocotillo and related things ) I totally spaced out on getting pictures, though most of the plants in that bed are still on the small-ish side currently. There were a few other surprises i'll add elsewhere later. Slowly but surely, this display is becoming more spectacular as it ages. While none of the S. uresana are all that big yet, a few are already producing fruits / seed.. Managed to find a few on the ground near one that had seed on stalks further back from where i was standing. There are two other, much taller Sabal specimens in a different part of Tohono Chul labeled as S. Uresana.. Fronds don't look quite right, and seed was much smaller.. more typical of regular ol' S. palmetto. ( Didn't take pictures ) Can't get enough of these beauties.. S. uresana and Sonoran Sea Grape ( Coccoloba goldmanii, one of roughly a half dozen specimens here ) on the lower left. General garden views.. Brahea and Nacapule Jasmine ( Vallesia baileyana / laciniata ) the big green " Bush " closer to my position. Brahea and Bursera microphylla ( on the left ) Some impressively fat and silver B. armata Not sure of these kids.. brandegeei or ? Bigger armata in another part of the Park / Garden.. This one w/ seed ripening. Unknown / no apparent marker short Sabal in another section of the garden ..also seeding.. First thought was perhaps minor.. but.. Tried ( First to admit i can be notorious for going off path to track down tags/ get better shots of various details ) but couldn't get any closer. Gotta love that color... and how nicely they're coming along.
  15. 7 points
    S. domingensis is, in my own experience in the Deep South, far less leaf-hardy than S. causiarum. I grew both in Natchez (chilly-winter 9a) and S. causiarium is a massive, fabulous, fast-growing palm for areas that will stay above about 13F, at that temp they tend to start taking leaf-damage, though the plant itself of course is hardier. S. domingensis, on the other hand, grew slowly for me, took heavy leaf-damage nearly every year (damaged below about 27F under open sky, with usually low 20s for a minimum most years). It never died but it was so slow that the bud has to this day, after 15 years in the ground, never gone aerial. There is documentation that once the bud goes aerial it can be killed by a good freeze in the mid-20s. So I would very much second that S. domingensis is probably not for you. You could try S. 'Riverside' which is a beautiful palm, I think (but not sure) that it has some good cold-hardiness. But in your zone (if truly 8a) is really limited for the bigger species, I think, to things like S. palmetto, S. mexicana, S. 'Birmingham' and the other real stalwarts. Even those may very well get killed during your next 0F freeze event. It's no fun to have to remove a big tree, so be careful in planting marginal species that survive for a decade or so and turn into large, hulking specimens. When that next big freeze hits, your wallet may get emptied!
  16. 6 points
    Good afternoon! Today I saw a Variegated Washingtonia in Tempe Arizona, in front of someone’s business. First one I’ve seen in person randomly around. Enjoy.
  17. 6 points
    Love these fronds even if they don’t have as much color as cooler climates the width of the leaflets and the spacing is just great
  18. 6 points
    Hope yours grow as well as mine here on O`ahu. Two photos, one form 2008 and the other from 2020.
  19. 6 points
  20. 6 points
    @Soflopaul The palm looks healthy. The black/brownish hair is called tomentum and it is normal on Bismarckia.
  21. 6 points
    I had to move one of my Patrix Schaffer hybrid palms because it was too close to my bamboo and some shoots had invaded. I decided to order some Superthrive from Amazon. I have used this in the past with good results on transplants. When the bottle got here, the cap was not tight and the safety seal was broken. My first thought was that I was lucky it had not leaked all over the place. Well, I went to use it today and it's so watered down that I'd estimate it was cut by 75%. It is usually as dark as molasses but this batch is like weak tea. So beware if you are buying this through Amazon because it's getting "stepped on" by someone along the line. I'm returning it.
  22. 6 points
    I feel like a healthy 5G is the way to go. Cheap to buy, small hole to dig, gives it a chance to grow some substantial root system in your native soil, get to watch it grow into an adult, etc. The trick is buying a true 5G plant with roots coming from the bottom of the pot, not a 1G plant in a 5G pot. We are so lucky here in SoCal to have all the great growers to choose from. Between the above mentioned…we can find just about anything that will grow in our microclimate. And that’s a pretty big list. -dale
  23. 6 points
    I'm going to make a "Yard Progression" thread soon, but here's one teaser photo showing my most developed area, with the newly planted Tri-Bear (center of the photo). Also my Bentinckia condapanna and my largest flamethrower (two of my other favorites). And here are my nine baby bears (with a glimpse of the rest of my Floribunda collection). I noticed that the lepto with the most sun exposure is growing much larger than the rest of them, so I'll be reorganizing this area soon to give the other leptos more sun. These are the types of discoveries that I'm finding enjoyable.
  24. 6 points
    I’m not into a lot of people I think it would upset the giraffe and I don’t know what he would do
  25. 6 points
    Here is my waggie...not sure the age been in the ground 9 years...was a 1 ft run when put in ...grows slower than the typical Trachy...!
  26. 6 points
    As far as I know this is the only one in My neighborhood. It was planted as a one gallon 6-7 years ago...I think? Growing in full sun.
  27. 6 points
    Back in January when I began this thread, I talked about my disappointment that Caryota obtusa had begun flowering after only five years in the ground. In November 2020 it sent out its fifth inflorescence. For eight months it got bigger and bigger until it finally extended 16 ft and reached the ground. The flower buds slowly swelled. Garden visitors were impressed. A rough estimate extrapolating from a few side branches puts the number of flower buds at around 30,000. One positive about the tree blooming when it was so short is that the inflorescence is ‘in your face’ rather than beinig out of sight high in the canopy. For a couple of weeks in July, the tree was giving off a very distinctive pre-blooming odor. I thought it was vaguely similar to some type of petroleum distillate like turpentine, but other folks had different opinions. Finally, the show began at the end of July. On Day 1 about 5% of the flowers opened. This attracted swarms of bees. On Day 2 about 80% of the flowers opened and the bees were going nuts. By Day 3 only the last 10% of the flowers were left, but there were more bees than ever. This caused an intense frenzy for access to the last few flowers. The flowers drop as soon as pollination happens, so a large heap of old flowers piled up on the ground. Confused bees were digging through the pile on the ground looking for pollen or nectar. Then the show was over. After three years of blooming, the tree is also just about finished. But these pollination orgies were fun to watch, if short lived. Every day there is something new in the garden. Oddly, there seems to be something wrong with this tree because the previousl four bloomings did not produce any seeds. Even if I had gotten viable seeds, I would not have germinated them fearing they, too, would have a high risk of blooming precociously.
  28. 6 points
    Ralph was something of a palmy godfather to many, including me. I first visited hinplace back in the early 1990s. If you were there, too share your own pictures here!
  29. 5 points
    Wanted to share a couple pictures of this guy really looking good. I’m not a trachycarpus fan as a matter of fact this is the only one I have planted and it looks phenomenal
  30. 5 points
    Alright, so I'm aware of Naturalized Populations of Sabal Minor across Tennessee, however there's a specific population in Hardin County which makes absolutely no sense and I'm convinced that these are naturally occurring wild minors. I took this picture back in the spring, I'll try to get a more recent picture this week. I'm curious if there are more wild minors of this size across the state.
  31. 5 points
    Anyone else growing this type of Dypsis baronii? If so post your pic's here Its definitely a colorful eye catcher in the garden It has never suckered and all the seed I have sprouted over the last 10 tears have also stayed single.
  32. 5 points
    Several palms that initially survived to see spring died by fall. Most notably almost every Washingtonia Filifera and Brahea Armara… my very tall Phoenix Sylvestris. I have a map view of the before, and I circled what survived that was over 20FT tall. They were 2 Canaries, 1 Washingtonia Filifera, 1 Washingtonia Hybrid, 1 Sabal Palmetto, 1 Sabal Mexicana. Less than 2 dozen smaller palms survived out of a total collection of over 100.
  33. 5 points
    Just a night shot of one of my mules. This one was root bound when I got it and was in need of some love. I also moved it 3 months after initially planting it but it seems to finally be settling in. Picture of it in the pot is from early September 2019.
  34. 5 points
    My sister had two navisanna on anna maria island, the one planted in a wet spot died from continually wet soil. the survivor, planted with shells and gravel on top and virtually no organic matter is about 5-6' trunk but its kind of thick, about 6-7" caliper. In part shade they may elongate and grow vertically faster with the thinner trunk. Var navissana is noted for its 3" ring spacing vs the about 1" for the non navissana. Here they are side by side courtesy of AZtropic in another thread. By the way, they like alkaline soil.
  35. 5 points
    3 out of the 5 are now trying to flower, 2 spathes on this one
  36. 5 points
    I don’t know, but I don’t think they are Navassana, as the place I bought them from had those, but were saving them for personal use, and wouldn’t sell them to me. ‘‘ These are faster than I thought though. Not fast, but faster than half the stuff of similar size that I have. They responded great to a little food and water. I do have a tall, thin strange one that is very different than all the rest, but probably the same age as Charlie. Got it at the same time from a different nursery. They almost sold me a small Ekmanii by mistake (I couldn’t tell either at that size) so could be anything I guess. My overfeeding tendencies didn’t make this one any fatter, just taller. I wonder how/what that one will turn out to be. It’s moved up to the on-deck circle now. I hope so. It stays pretty warm here. I tested these in full, blazing sun out back and they did well. Hope they like ground freedom even better. I’ve got a friend with a big, fat white one. Hopefully they turn out something like that, but who knows? These are pretty variable as grownups.
  37. 5 points
    An update. I planted 3 more S. minors on the row in early august, so now there are 7 in the area. All the palms have put out 2 to 3 new leaves since I planted them in the ground. I'm thinking of adding 2 or 3 more overgrown 1 gallon sizes to the row this week; is it too late in the year to plant Sabal minor in southern 8A ?
  38. 5 points
    Ventnor is loaded. It is going to look crazy in a couple of years time... There's a few big Canaries around... These two are really impressive... The garden opposite had this growing... Surprised to see self seeded Canna growing out the cracks of concrete down a side alley... Lots of bananas too in gardens... More Ventnor CIDP's... I counted 10 washies up on the hill overlooking the Botanic Gardens road. They're going to look pretty insane in a few years time... Here is one of them up close... This is just Ventnor, on the southeast of the island, that I have covered so far. The best palms are probably yet to come in other parts of the Isle of Wight...
  39. 5 points
    Two more very tall / old Royals in DTSP, in front of Rocco's steak house on 2nd Ave S. These are about 8-10 stories tall. One pic include cars under one for scale. A couple other photos were taken from about 4 blocks south, and 5 blocks or so west from my friends 12th floor condo. Once is a wide shot, the other is zoomed in and cropped. I included these because you can clearly see these two palms and they stick out and seem to rise above most other trees.
  40. 5 points
    I have found these to be super easy porch palms, my favorite. Someday though they will have to try to survive in the ground but until then loving them in pot.
  41. 5 points
    It’s their proprietary blend. Made of fairy dust and unicorn guano. Totally worth it!!
  42. 5 points
    Not sure exactly where we stand for the season atm, but it's been epic without any doubt ..and could add a little more to the totals -both here, and up your way- by the time the " calendar " season closes out next Thursday. Even w/out being on top of rain totals here, how the Summer Poppies ( Kallstroemia grandiflora ) behaved in the yard ( and everywhere else across S. AZ ) this summer is plenty of proof of a WET summer.. While they come up / put on a good show anytime it has been wet ( 2018 was the last really good display out there ) they came up gangbusters thru August, throughout the yard this year.. exceeding what i'd thought might be an average height for this part of AZ ( typically drier here than further south, so assumed there'd be a ceiling on how tall they could get in a season ) The only negative this year is as soon as they hit peak, ..or just past peak ~ growth/ flowering- wise ~, we settled back into that hot / dry break at the start of September and most of the color quickly faded.. All pulled now. Hoping we get just enough showers now/ start of October to entice a few late season stragglers to pop up ( some popped last year, in late November ). No big deal if not.. How it started... Now you see the Lava Boulder in the background.. 8/9/21 How it ended.. Where's that boulder again?, lol. 8/ 20/ 21: Somewhat crude measurements i guess but wasn't expecting these to reach/ eclipse the 18-22" height mark here.. Tallest plants maxed out in the 13-15" range back in 2018. Taller height -overall- is more typical in favorable spots across far S. AZ ( ..Down by Madera Canyon, Yuma, etc ). Will be interesting to see how these behave / grow out in San Diego where it isn't quite as hot / humidity levels are more even throughout most of the summer. Shared this before but caught part of this display along the new alignment where hwy 87 and interstate 10 meet ( near Eloy / Picacho ) was completed awhile back while headed to Las Cienegas / Empire Ranch last month.. As many times as i have traveled through this location ( since 2009 ) anytime during summer/ fall, never noticed any Kallstroemia grandiflora along the 10 in this area before.. Hopefully the highway dept. continues seeding these along the 10 between Phoenix and Tucson, let alone other highways across the state / other areas in the region ( species is native from W. TX. - far S.E. CA. ). Noticed patches of them growing along the 60, just east of Apache Junction this summer also.
  43. 5 points
    My rainfall total this summer was actually pretty good! June to present I received 4.16"!!
  44. 5 points
    A very large $16,000 Copernicia fallaense. Among a few others too.....
  45. 5 points
    That’s a lot of bears you ended up with! Congrats on the Tri-bear score! I often ask myself, “what the hell happened?” also. Early last year we moved into the house, and I decided to get a few palms from Lowe’s for the house. Now, I’m sticking palms all over the place and tucking pots everywhere, and starting to ask myself if I picked up some sort of mental illness. Palms are now in charge of protecting other palms… The elderly lady next door told me when I started, “don’t worry, they will all grow faster then you think, and pretty soon you’ll be pulling stuff out and wondering what to do with it”. …. She was right. Time marches on pretty quickly. Everything seems to grow though, if you can just get your hands on it and start fertilizing and watering consistently. I like watching the smaller palms grow. But did I really need to grab Baby Deckenia Nobilis a few months ago? And why is Berrariophoenix Fenestralis so damn unhappy all the time? Are you too good for your home??? ANSWER ME!!! And I still need three good Kentiopsis Oliviformis for that corner of the yard… I don’t think this ever ends.
  46. 5 points
    I agree wholeheartedly. Resist the urge to mollycoddle them. Don't repot them over and over.
  47. 5 points
    2 months ago in late July, Dave was so kind to give me a tour and open up the store. 1 of a number of palms jumping into my car was this FOXTAIL. I'm guessing it was germinated perhaps in 2017, correct the record DAVE. In just 2 months, the frond on the left with all leaves opened, had not opened the leaves at the time of purchase. The spear in the middle had no indication it was about to push upward at the time of purchase. Each day it grows 1/4" per day (this is not a fish story). The easy method is to match the growth to the open leaves on it's left. Today, it is about to start pushing leaves out on this spear. This measurable daily growth is new for me. Thanks DAVE for such a quality palm. This next photo is a different project where I'm attempting to germinate these myself from seeds...they are about 1 year old.
  48. 5 points
    It is very interesting to see the mixed experiences with both Phoenix theophrasti and Jubaea chilensis. And it is actually very logical that people from different areas observe different results. This is because you are not just testing the cold tolerance of a species but the total environmental package in your garden. Last winter I tried to answer the same question as in the title of this topic. I tried to do this by eliminating outside influences by testing both species and a few extra in the lab on cold tolerance based on electrolyte leakage tests. I have just finished an article about the results in the link below for anyone who is interested in reading it: https://www.coldpalm.nl/en/cold-tolerance-in-palms-jubaea-vs-phoenix-a-method-to-quantify-cellular-foliage-damage-in-palms-caus
  49. 5 points
    You can tell a TV show or movie is deceiving you as it's say supposed to be in California but there are coconut palms in the back ground (just one example).
  50. 5 points
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