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  1. 19 points
    ... Hanging in - but not looking well after a warm, humid summer - J. chilensis. The opposite - using every day to grow, V. metiti, sprouted last fall. Doing very well but taking its time - D. robusta. (from seed) First try this year - P. borsignianum. In deep shade, too - two C. metallica. Very well growing. Sprouted in June, N. brunnea. Unbelievably fast. The only survivor from a seed order but doing well now - B. fenestralis. Growing very well, too and makes me prout - D. album var. aureum. (from seed) A bit dense but the palm itself does well - C. harlandii. This one has probably enjoyed the typhoon-free fall the most - B. nickobarica (from seed). Here my Indian coconut - grown from a nut from an Indian vegetable store in Tokyo. Already pretty tall, C. mitis. Moving around the corner, in front African oil palm, in the back an emerging monster, P. sylvestris. Moving the camera to the right, another Alexander palm and a V. joannis. Beneath in shade... L. chinensis. Reaching the backside of the house - planted out two months ago, B. nobilis. Behind the house my L. chinensis and washie grove, at the opposite corner... Another pair of P. rupicola. Ok, I hope you liked the little tour - thank you for your time and best regards from Okinawa Lars
  2. 18 points
    Hi there, usually my garden is not really presentable in early winter right after the typhoon season but since we had NO typhoons at all this year (except there was a single very week one in late August) I thought I would show some images of my palms after an almost perfect year of growth. Here we go: Outside left, two washies (from seeds) and lately planted out... ...a young Copernicia (seed grown). It is definitely thriving. It gets a lot of sun and is protected from three sides. I will see how it goes with the washies side by side - if necessary I will make a decision later. Alexander palms - growing extremely well over here and looking beautiful! (seed grown) Our local hero - Adonidia merillii, fully loaded with seeds. Recently moved and showing great growth in its new spot - P. pacifica (from seed). The new leaves are already looking very healthy - it seemed it was about time to give a better place to grow. A bit hard to make out - a D. pembana (from seed). It has already two suckers and grows very well, too. Undamaged for the first time since planted out four years ago - C. samoense (from seed). In deep shade, L. naumanii. Almost same spot, a C. nucifera curves back after being hit hard by a typhoon a year ago. Crown looks very healthy, too. Another, almost blown over C. nucifera gets a nice curve, too. Hit by the same typhoon in last year's August. Hard to get in one pic, ... ...and we will get some nice coconuts next year. A P. rupicola, a bit close to the Coconut palm but it does well - an emerging beauty. (seed grown) Moving on - C. umbraculifera (seed grown).... I hope I can keep it... My largest Alfie (from seed), towered by my... ...super nice looking pair of V. joannis (seed grown). D. album (from seed) H. forsteriana - an absolute flawless grower. (purchased at out home depot six years ago) Behind it in shade, a young Saribus rotundifolius. (from seed) ...
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  4. 9 points
    Agave ovatifolia, Trachycarpus fortunei, Chamaerhops humilis “cerifera “
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  6. 8 points
    What a surprise to find one of my Kings is fruiting . I didn’t even think they would live 5 years ago !
  7. 8 points
    Yes you can grow tropical fruit ( and palms) in Northern California ! https://www.abc10.com/mobile/article/features/modestos-backyard-banana-farmer/103-ff0e7f4c-0a60-4d70-ae38-b4b4852efdb1
  8. 7 points
    Just wanted to show you all how preparing for wintertime looks like in The Netherlands. The more tender container plants are in the greenhouse now, with others I will wait until real frost is in the weather forecast.
  9. 7 points
    I moved this 3-4 month old baby up from a cup today to a 3 gal (?), with large holes at the bottom with tons of perlite. It looks small but the root system was already busting the seams. I’m keeping the seed and the growing point above the soil as that keeps it safer from rot (in my experience). A lot of people think it’s crazy to grow Jubaea in a humid climate, but it’s the nematodes that’s do them in. A very freely draining pot out of the soil is a safe bet. I won’t be fertilizing yet. Let’s see where we go from here!
  10. 7 points
    since creating this thread sooo many years ago lots of my bigger palms have out grown their original locations. I had planted this copernicia curtissii blue form under low hanging power lines thinking it would never get that tall. Boy! Was I wrong.. lol It grew very fast for me in my red sandy DG soil. This particular species produces pups at the base which is very unusual for the copernecia genus. The blue form of curtissii is very hard to come by. I'm feeling grateful to have such a rare gem to look at when I walk my fairviewnursery.com nursery display garden models.
  11. 7 points
    Hey Folks, Long time PT lurker first time poster. Thought I would share my experience with Sabal minor “Cherokee” germination. I bought ~1,000 of these seeds form RPS recently, and I am seeing ~99% germination within a month of sowing. And I though Washingtonias were easy to germinate! Now I have to find home for all these babies in my greenhouse... I was hoping for a little more of a staggered germination! Looking forward to sharing with some friends in some colder Canadian locales (Okanagan, Niagara region) where they may be able to survive once they size up a little.
  12. 7 points
    chelation actually allows nutrient delivery in unfavorable pH conditions for the micros. Humic acid chelates most if not all micros so delivery is improved that way in suboptimal pH conditions with regular application of humic acid. Chelation is simoly put isolation of metal ions(Mg, Fe, K, Mn etc) by ligand formation, its a chemistry topic that is probably too technical for here. Basicaly iron at alkaline pH turns into an oxide which is not bioavailable to the plant. Chelating the iron prevents oxidation into the non available oxide form but you will need to apply the humic in frequent intervals in high pH soil, perhaps as frequent as monthly. Lowering pH is best done gradually as the shock can kill some plants. Sulfur pellets applied every 6 months leads to gradual pH drop via microbe digestion of sulfur into small amounts of sulfuric acid. Dont be shy with the pellets they cant burn anything since release is microbe controlled. I used a couple(2-3) handfulls per palm in my AZ garden with its alkaline clay. I would use both humic acid addition for the short term and sulfur for the long term correction if you suspect high pH is a problem. I also have learned to edit my garden. Mistakes are made with limited information about cultural conditions plants need to thrive. I dont want ANY palms in my yard that struggle to survive, I dont care how rare they are. With that palm you might be able to make a recovery, and the upside is other plants in the area may also perk up as they might be ok but not thriving under those soil conditions. Editing is a part of sensible palm gardening.
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    I just found out about this thread through a Google search and I appreciate the feedback both positive and negative. I never thought of myself as someone sitting in front of a camera, however some of my discussions are best done in this manner. I was fortunate enough to have a great mentor couple and will always be thankful for that. I found John and Faith on GardenWeb back in 2003.
  15. 6 points
    It is a natural mold inhibitor, I also sprinkle its around any of my seedlings that are prone to dampening off.
  16. 6 points
    Two more and still two more to come!
  17. 6 points
    Here's my JxB f3.... it was cut back pretty good in mid summer... while not my fastest palm.. I still would consider it a pretty quick grower.
  18. 5 points
    I stumbled upon this amazing palm planted in the gardens of a church in NE Portland. I've seen taller trimmed specimens at one of the local palm nurseries, but not one this big in terms of sheer bulk. Wish I had something in for scale. You can't really see it on streetview but it's at the corner of SE 14th and SE Ash St in Portland, OR.
  19. 5 points
    Your post prompted me to do a search and I found some interesting articles on cinnamon in the US NIH(US National Institute of Health) Library of Medicine. Most deal with the essential oils from cinnamon such as this article and abstract: Arch Microbiol . 2020 Aug;202(6):1439-1448.doi: 10.1007/s00203-020-01858-3. Epub 2020 Mar 17. Synergistic antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant efficacy of cinnamon and clove essential oils in combination S Purkait 1 , A Bhattacharya 2 , A Bag 2 , R R Chattopadhyay 2 Abstract The present investigation aimed to evaluate antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant efficacy of essential oils of three commonly used spices (black pepper, cinnamon and clove) in combination along with chemical characterization and toxicity evaluation. Among the possible combinations tested, cinnamon/clove oil combination showed synergistic antibacterial activity against foodborne bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella typhimurium and Pseudomonas aeruginosa and synergistic antifungal activity against Aspergillus niger as well as synergistic antioxidant potential in DPPH radical scavenging model system. GC-HRMS analysis revealed that out of thirteen identified components from clove oil, eugenol was found to be the main constituent of the oil; whereas out of twenty one identified constituents from cinnamon oil, the main component was cinnamaldehyde. Cinnamon/clove oil combination did not show any cytotoxic potential at recommended dosage level (IC50 > 2000 µg/ml). The results provide evidence that cinnamon/clove oil combination might indeed be used as a potential source of safe and effective novel natural antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant blend in the food and pharmaceutical industries. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time a combination of essential oils has been tested as natural preservatives to prevent both microbial proliferation and oxidative deterioration at sufficiently low concentrations.
  20. 5 points
    Good topic! There are so many excellent forms of Chamaerops. I have a 16 year old plant which is a stiff leaf argentea type palm, that for the previous 6 years has produced pollen, so very clearly a male. Last year it produced a few viable seeds!!?? This year it has also produced both male and female flowers and again produced around a dozen seed.
  21. 5 points
    I think the key to their survival, is that they get watered with vodka.
  22. 5 points
    Here is a pic of my baronii a little over 2 years ago. Growing, but not thriving. Len suggested using chelated iron. I added chelated iron and lowered pH. Chelated iron helped with the deeper green, but I attribute the overall health of the palm to lowering the pH. Nutrient absorption seemed to have increased.
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  24. 5 points
    I'd probably do the same Another species that wouldn't mind these conditions (because it is partly sharing its habitat with Nypa fruticans) is Oncosperma tigillarium (photo from palmpedia):
  25. 4 points
    Back in March 2016 I planted three Dypsis Saintelucie in my side garden. Before planting, many had suggested they don't like it too wet and would likely die if drainage was poor. Anyway, 3 years, 9 months later and they have powered along nicely without a hint of trouble.
  26. 4 points
    What have you done to improve the aspect of your garden ? The Good, the Bad, the Ugly.... What has worked, what hasn't ? Pathways, ponds, pergolas, waterfalls, creeks, statues, critters, chooks, ducks, turkeys, geese... ? What have you done to get the 'look' for your patch of green ? I'll kick it off with a use of old car tyres to create a jungle snake in my front yard. Bit of a mission and a labour of love using some old paint I had out in the shed. Cutting rubber tyres ain't a lot of fun either just quietly ! Next plan is a motion activated speaker with a recording of a Rattlesnake rattle and a loud hiss or 2.... will really put the wind up pedestrians walking home from the Tavern at the top of street.... haha. And maybe the torso and legs of a doll hanging out from the snakes jaws.... remember this is artistry ( well, Aussie bull artistry, but art nevertheless.....lol !|
  27. 4 points
    This is a Google Street View capture of younger queens planted in front of a Walmart in Starke, FL in 2008: Here are the same ones in 2018: Gainesville Airport, roughly 20 miles SOUTH, recorded a low of 17F in the Jan 2010 freeze: Definitely interesting to find! Queens seem to be more hardy than a lot of people give them credit for.
  28. 4 points
    This hammock is large and very comfortable. It's a souvenir from a trip to northeast Brazil, bought in the old city of Olinda. It is handmade, all natural cotton, and was a reasonable price after some bargaining. There were many colors and styles to choose from; the natural tones and ornate fringe appealed to me. It's a long way to go to buy a hammock, but I see you can purchase similar items on Wayfair. Search for 'Brazilian hammock.' Edit: I was advised to buy the kind without the wooden spreaders. They were said to flip over too easily.
  29. 4 points
    Sprinkle some cinnamon into the baggie, shake it around, and use hydrogen peroxide as a way of moisture
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  31. 4 points
    You could cut one open to see if there's an embryo, but from what I understand there won't be one. Seems that most of the hybrids with Syagrus are sterile (like a standard mule) with Syagrus x Costae being an exception.
  32. 4 points
    This is my procedure, not sure if works yet. Can update soonish as at Step 1. Step 1: Soak for 24 hours (as per picture - red bucket) Step 2: Remove seeds from bucket and put them in tray with fungicide bath. Usually just 10mins. Step 3: Get flat storage box with lid (like photo) Step 4: Add mixture of Coir/Peat/perlite, just damp. (Like photo) Step 5: Put lid on keep in safe out of direct sun and check in couple weeks. Usually spray with some more fungicide. Step 6: Once Germinated (small root), I will pot up in a potting mix with perlite and peat.
  33. 4 points
    Hello palm lovers, I know there have been topics about this before, but I was wondering if any of you knew of other locations of Washingtonia palms north of Charleston (Columbia, coastal N.C., etc.) that have not been mentioned before. There are three locations that I know of in Columbia, which I will put below. It is remarkable how big they get there. Wilmington N.C. had several quite large Washingtonia that I know of, all of which have died, so I was hoping for some good news about some that have survived in that are as well. Thanks! PalmsUSA Washingtonia robusta on Rosewood Drive in Columbia Washingtonia robusta on Gadsden Street in Columbia Washingtonia filibusta on Sunset Blvd in West Columbia, SC Washingtonia robusta alive in Wilmington, NC Same Washingtonia dead
  34. 4 points
    Pretty sure I got this clump from you several years ago, Joe:
  35. 4 points
    This thing never stops to amaze me. Dypsis carlsmithii. Three leaves just fell off, due to rotting infloresence.
  36. 4 points
    Brazoria is great, however, I learned there's great variability in length. Here's a pic I took at JFGardens of Brazoria sabal about a year ago and I was told most are the same age.
  37. 4 points
    The queen doesn’t look too great, but the fronds damaged by the tropical storm are still green at least.
  38. 4 points
    5 month update.. added my winter protection method this afternoon and figured I'd share a few pics. After planting... the palm completely defoliated.. and I just let it be. It grew 2 full leaves since. So far so good!
  39. 4 points
    With your average temperatures there are tons of possiilities. If I lived where you do, I’d have a grove of Red Ceiling Wax palms (Cyrtostachys renda).
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    Cyrtostachys renda comes to mind. Correct me if I am incorrect.
  42. 4 points
    Monster P tor tor...with oddly tiny flower!
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  44. 3 points
    In the greenhouse palms like Archontophoenix cunninghamiana, Livistona chinensis, several Chameadorea species, Cycas revoluta's, and green and variegated Citrus trees. Still outside are several Chamaerops humilis, cerifera and vulcano, Baytrees, Livistona australis, Phoenix canariensis and two Dicksonia treeferns. With better light tomorrow, I will ad two more photo's.
  45. 3 points
    I am well aware of this ability and I have observed it also on Trachycarpus.
  46. 3 points
    Well if we havw to get some random cold even in a warm winter, let's get it now before the really cold air is manufactured in the Artic. Hopefully it stays bottled up there until they start getting more sunlight. Everytime there is a cold front that brings highs to the 60s and lows to the 40s, the local news anchors get "excited." I can't understand why you would want to live and work in the ONE spot in the US where this cold weather is rare? Why not take a job anywhere else and be able to "enjoy" the cold much more frequently? I get sunny, warm, dry days but the cold ones? Naah! I just hope this air mass modifies quickly. I don't remember too many early season fronts like this...the worst usually comes after Xmas...it's January and February that are always the scriest months in the garden. December usually is benign in South Florida. I guess not so this year.
  47. 3 points
    Everything has grown a lot this summer and I also got my first inforescence on a Butia!
  48. 3 points
    There are ~130 Cryosophila warscewiczii seed (Root Spine Palm) with most of them popping. $38 for all. Includes shipping USPS priority box. US shipping only. PM if interested.
  49. 3 points
    All Archontophoenix love this environment.
  50. 3 points
    HI Bret; The older I and my garden grow, the more ruthless I have become. When a treasured palm dies, I used to get upset, now 'whatever'. I have removed healthy palms that no longer please me, such as a Howea belmoreana palm that did not show the best frond form. You have a great garden with many excellent palms, perhaps an edit would be in order. Some individual palms will always be just 'also-rans'.



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