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  1. 19 points
    Sometimes I don't realize how much some things have grown until I take my camera out and snap a few pics. Parajubaea sunkha Butia x syagrus Cycas panzihuaniensis x deboaensis Ceiba speciosa Plumeria And lastly, the first flower bud developing on Banksia menziesii
  2. 13 points
    Nice microclimate, lots of bamboo and large buildings, lots of concrete very hot. I did not get pictures of all the cool varieties
  3. 12 points
    My calendar said today 1yr ago I planted out my Bismarckia in my front yard so I thought I’d post an update. Sorry the trunk is not visable but you get the idea. These seem to grow really well for us out here on the left Coast. I’m confident you FL peeps will post growth rate pics that put us to shame but it’s greatly appreciated non the less. Let’s see em…. -dale
  4. 12 points
    Got my Floribunda order today and have them all in a “holding area” until they can be planted later this summer. I’m filling in a 36’ x 18’ and 4’ to 8’ depth pool and replacing it with meandering flagstone path, creek, waterfalls, and small turf area. There will plenty of room for these new arrivals.
  5. 12 points
    We're staying at an Airbnb down here, thought I'd share the views. At 1500+ meters (5000+ ft) above sea level.
  6. 12 points
    Don't have spacing advice, but wanted to add that the combo of Beccariophoenix + Bismarckia is my all-time favorite from a visual standpoint. They don't need to be as close as they are in this photo... but if they can be visible at the same time - surrounded by colorful tropical plants - it's Heaven on Earth in my book. Here's my absolute favorite palm photo of all time, from the amazing gardens of Dennis Hundscheidt... https://www.dennishundscheidt.com.au/ * I'm pretty sure that's a B. Fenestralis (not Alfredii), but the overall look would be similar. The contrast between the Bismarkia & Beccariophoenix leaves is breathtaking. Unsolicited advice... Try to get a bit more color in the yard if you can. Cordyline (Tis)? Hot pink Bloodleaf Plant? Angel Trumpets? Queen Emma Lily? Red Banana Plant? a Dark Purple Bush? Don't need much, but a little color sprinkled in can make the green plants pop.
  7. 11 points
    Ok, I know the experts have told me that this is impossible , but take a ganders at my 10 year old Chambreyonia macro and Euterpe Edulis side by side living in perfect harmony in MooooDesto , San Joaquin valley, Northern California . Never been protected nor damaged by cold. Euterpe has manganese deficiency that it is growing out of. I started these guys about 10 or maybe 15 years ago from 4 inch pot. They went straight into the ground. Yes I know, im “ cheating ‘ by not planting them out in the open in full sun, but thats where i had space and since they are on north side of my house I figuired that they would benifet from a little shade in our 110f mid summer temps.
  8. 11 points
    The hookeri will have a crownshaft that looks a bit on the yellow side compared to the standard macrocarpa. I have 7 of each, and the hookeri provide the deepest red. The others vary from rust to salmon to almost brown along with some red. They are planted close together, so sometimes it's hard to tell who is who. Purchased as 1-gal June of 2012, soon potted up to 3 gal, then planted March of 2013 (photos 1 & 2). Photo 3 is November 2014. Last photo is April 2022 where you can see 4 or 5 different shades of color in various stages of transition.
  9. 10 points
    I picked this one up at my 1st ever Searle sale visit about 14 months ago. A 7g Beccariophoenix fenestralis. I was going to put it in out front, but it seemed very unhappy here at first…. yellowy and burny and deficient for months. So I put an younger Alfredii instead. After a while, I figured out Fenestralis didn’t like heavy Florida sun at all at this size, and that it needed tons of water, and heavy nitrogen and potassium. Today I uppotted it from 7g to 15g, and basically realized that it’s a bit out of control now. I don’t have the right shady spot with lots of room for this one, at this age. It seems fast, hungry, and big here. But I feel it wants just the right conditions and can be a bit finicky. With the summer heat it seems to be picking up speed again. Oops. March 2021… Summer 2021…. Today….
  10. 10 points
  11. 10 points
    I saw this at a local nursery in Punta Gorda and it leaves me wondering.
  12. 9 points
    Kinda the same thing with this date palm... Original damage was caused by the 1989 deep freeze. This palm is still alive and growing 30 plus years later. aztropic Mesa, Arizona
  13. 9 points
    My Trachy tonight. Growth hasn’t seemed to slow down at all, it has already grown 3 fronds so far this season.
  14. 8 points
    Yesterday was the hips (Hawaiian island palm society) tour. There were a lot of cameras so please add I only was able to take a few because I was working
  15. 8 points
    Copernicia rigida finally found it's stride after being planted in ground about 15 years ago. Now producing about 3 new fronds per year,each about 3 feet long. Not a commonly planted cope,partly due to rarity,and the fact that it will reach out and grab you with it's teeth lining the frond edges their entire length. aztropic Mesa, Arizona
  16. 8 points
    I know it's been hot in Texas and even the Midwest but here there has been a pesky Low pressure system off the Southeast coast that's been hanging around for the better part of the week . Well that Low is moving on and I'm going to get in on some summer like weather . Sabals love 80'sF-90'sF with lows in the 60's . Sabal Birmingham on the left and Palmetto on the right . My HC palmetto might bloom this summer but it should next summer . Hopefully I will have a lot of seed on my Birmingham that has been lacking a lot of seed for 3 years now for some reason . ( Possibly it needed to recover fully from 2018 when I had a record eight day below 32F period ? It has fully recovered so we'll see how many inflorescences it gets . Hopefully at least 3 that are full of seed ) I'll keep everyone updated on the Birmingham and this year's seed production . Will
  17. 8 points
    I found this thing looking like trash in a grow yard in South Phoenix two summers ago and bought it for $150. Amazing what ground and water will do to these in two seasons in AZ. July, 2020: Today, May of 2022:
  18. 8 points
    Don't have a Macrocarpa but I do have a Hookeri that has always thrown deep red leaves. Real good grower for me here in coastal Orange County.
  19. 7 points
    I finally purchased the Beccariophoenix Alfredii here in Orlando Fl. I can’t wait to see how this beautiful palm responds in zone 9b.
  20. 7 points
  21. 7 points
    Cycas media 1-4 , and Cycas megacarpa 5-8 C. revoluta 9
  22. 7 points
    Here's a visual update of one of the seedlings that I showed in 2014 (lawn chair for scale). Leaf base fibers are like Coccothrinax macroglossa (see Palms of Cuba by Paul Craft) and not like C. spirituana. Also, the wax washes off after time, so I conclude that all my seedlings were C. macroglossa.
  23. 7 points
    Wasnt totally sure where this post belonged. Was planting a minneola Tangelo this morning and thought I'd snap a pic of the soil I'm working with. Eat your hearts out, other Arizona palm growers. There's probably two dozen earthworms in that wheelbarrow.
  24. 7 points
    Ok, so I haven’t been on a Vacation in years, I can only share what I created with my home landscape, Zone 8. No real picture adjustments. Pre-2021 Texas devastating freeze of the century ( for me).
  25. 7 points
    Planted a bunch of Roystonea regia seeds and they all grew. Conan aka Shifferbrains thinks they look tasty.
  26. 6 points
    I made a quick zone map for West Central and Southwest Florida. This map is based on weather station data and my observations of what grows where. Green: 9b+ Orange: 10a- Brown: 10a+ Red: 10b- Purple: 10B+ Pink: 11a- *Areas unshaded simply aren't rated. **No guarantee of accuracy, don't plant anything based on this.
  27. 6 points
    Bismarcks should be much more common up here in Northern California. I have just this one shade grown one but, if I had the room. I’d have one in a sunnier position.
  28. 6 points
    I spent a bunch of my spare time last week up potting tons of stuff here, including the Floribunda order. Kind of a PITA, and made me think that I have to stop acquiring so many little palms - as I think every year at this time. It was just in time, because we had major wind and rain Friday. I had staked just about everything, which by luck probably saved a bunch of the order, because those wind gusts were major and not expected. Tis the season here. Rubras went up to 3g in a heavier mix. Robust root systems but very wobbly at the same time. Only got stuck a dozen times. Hospitas went up to 1g in a light sandy mix. D. Album Furfuraceum went up to 1g into a light mix. Basilonga went up to 2g in a heavier mix. Sainteluceii went up to 1g in a light mix. Condapanna went up to 2g in a heavier mix. It’s hot and humid as we just entered the rainy season. Now I’m going to try to expose these to more light and sun without killing them. Wish me luck. It’s a harsh world out there.
  29. 6 points
    The saw kerf will not grow over and close up. I don't like trunk sealer, as I feel it just traps moisture. If this were my palm, I would make an additional sloped cut at the bottom to remove the damaged piece, thus the wound won't hold moisture. jmfixitman Welcome to Palmtalk !
  30. 6 points
    that bismarckia is heavily trimmed up, 7-8 leaves total at that height? Mine have over 20 leaves and they hold grey to the horizontal. Not a huge fan of these hurricane cut bizzies. But that is what happens when your initial perception of space these things take up was so far off. I was well aware of the size of these palms, one sabal uresana is within leaftip touching distance, nothing else. Personally, I like bismarckia to be a focal point, framed by other smaller palms at a distance fo course. ALfredii ar the same way, too big to share space. When I said alfredii were "30" wide" I really meant the crown of leaves was 30 feet wide. I dont think the trunk on my alfie has maxed out in thickness but its pretty thick now.
  31. 6 points
    Here's the one I'm growing here on east Hawaii Island. Seeds from RPS in Dec 2006, planted out from 2-gal pot in Sept 2014. Blocks, hat for scale. I haven't had much luck growing these as seedlings. Very low germination rates and low seedling survivor rates, and the one shown below was the only one I had to plant.
  32. 6 points
  33. 6 points
    8 years later,this has proven to be my fastest growing Coccothrinax. It now has about 12 feet of trunk,produces viable seed,and is reaching for the sky! aztropic Mesa, Arizona
  34. 6 points
    Carlsmithii should do better than dark mealy bug at my location (based on posts I’ve read). My Floribunda “Carl” is actually just a backup for a larger one I bought from a Palmtalk member (yes, I have MORE palms in addition to the Floribunda ones). Here’s my “Big Carl” (which will be getting planted soon)... I also have an amazing “regular” mealy bug palm, so no tears will be shed over the “dark” one (palm on right is my Ravenna sambirinensis... both can also be seen in the “atrium” shot above). Yep, I’m a palm nut for sure * My husband also loves palms so we kinda enable each other. We’re seriously at the end of the “acquiring” phase though (“yeah, they all say that”).
  35. 5 points
    Grew a bunch since this time last yearSo glad I moved this one, it wasn’t happy in its old spot. Coming around here!
  36. 5 points
    Palms I came across--RANDOMLY--on my walk today just north of Balboa Park.
  37. 5 points
    As you consider what else you want to plant nearby, I will share a pair of photos from a couple of years ago of the one I have in Carlsbad and what happens to adjacent palms. You can see in the first photo how the Dypsis lanceolata trunks are all pushed to the left (west of the Bismarckia). The second photo shows the one remaining trunk of my Dypsis lanceolata planted to the Bismarckia's east, which was getting bent. The last time I was there I pulled off some of the now dead lower leaves of the Bismarckia so it wasn't pressing on the D lanceolata, and it seemed to be ok, but I haven't been over in the backyard since winter. Just be aware that the weight and rigidity of the Bismarckia leaves will win against most other palms planted too close.
  38. 5 points
    Cocos nucifera outside a seafood restaurant in midtown Guadalajara.
  39. 5 points
    @Jadd Correia nice to meet you! As @sonoranfans pointed out, alfies get big. I'm gonna say, REALLY big, across the base, 30" is pretty average; they can be bigger. Bismarckias are also big, both across the crown and the base. Like about 25 feet for the crown and 30" for the base. I'd find a spot far from your alfie for your bizzie. The more sun and heat the better. Put them too close together and you'll have kind of a King Kong v. Godzilla effect as they grapple for space. Also, see my PM (Private message.) Again, WELCOME!
  40. 5 points
    I have both, these palms are both large palms in full florida sun. The alfredii will be about 30'' wide in 10 years so leaves extending horizontally ~15' from the trunk. bismarckia are about 22-25' wide so 10-12' out from the trunk, I'd say 20-25' trunk to trunk distance since I expect the bismarckia to gain height a little faster but not sure how much faster since both are in full sun. You can put them closer together, but that will make you trim green leaves to prevent them from damaging each other in winds. Trimming extra green/live leaves can shock a bismarckia here in florida. I have two neighbors that overtrimmed theirs (by 4-5 live leaves) and they are in the process of shortening up the leaf lengths, they look unhappy now but were pretty nice.
  41. 5 points
    Here is mine in SE NC 8a. Has sailed through whatever weather it has been dealt unprotected in the ground over the last few years. Totally unaffected by the ice storm this past winter. Slowly chugs along, putting out about 3 fronds per-year, but doesn't seem to want to hold on to more than 3 or 4 fronds at a time. "Blue highlands form" Photo is from yard clean up this winter (so many canna/ginger/banana stalks)... Wheelbarrow for scale.
  42. 5 points
  43. 5 points
    Of course we had to visit Tecomán, Colima, (the coconut capital of Mexico): for the 2nd time (only a 2 1/2 hour drive from Ajijic) to see my Cocos nucifera . Miles and miles of coco plantations. These quick vids don't do 'em justice. I mean, as far as the eye can see. And then some. VID-20220516-WA0076.mp4 VID-20220516-WA0077.mp4
  44. 5 points
    @Looking Glass I don't really have canopy yet, but there are a couple of shady spots around the yard. Almost all of my "understory" palms are in the nursery area. It's cheaper to buy them at 4" and grow them for a year or two. At that point hopefully I can plant a few. Here's a group shot of the others, the Lastelliana are stepped up from 1g to 2g on the back left. The 4" Pinnatifrons are in the back right:
  45. 5 points
    I’ve got 3 hookerii and had two macrocarpa (but one croaked on me). They were 1g, then potted up to 3g and 4-5 feet tall now and are ready for the ground. They all have different colored red emerging leaves, from a rusty red, to maroon to bright red. I see no rhyme or reason to it. The hookerii seem slightly stronger and faster for me here, but all are kind of slow. Mine get mid-day sun and are sensitive to it at this age, but they are still doing ok. I like the contrast of the lighter hookerii crow shaft area better. Today… Last week….
  46. 5 points
    Mainland Mexico has insane palms! I've spent a good chunk of my life in Colima and Michoacán. I had a nice coconut going at my ex-girlfriend's house down there that I planted from a tiny seedling that I enjoyed for several years. I remember how excited I was when it grew tall enough that I could see it from the highway that leads to the beach. A few years ago I went to check on it, expecting to see it fruiting for the first time and all that was left was a decapitated trunk about 5' tall. Just like our relationship...axed! For the better of course but an unfortunate one for my palm. On a brighter note, enjoy some al pastor tacos or a torta ahogada with a Victoria caguama for me!
  47. 5 points
    Needs WAY more water than you are giving it... 1 hour of drip time every other day would be more like it. This species LOVES water! aztropic Mesa,Arizona
  48. 5 points
  49. 5 points
    Here's my new guy,planted. Already looks like it's been there for years! aztropic Mesa,Arizona
  50. 4 points
    Got this huge Yucca rostrata from The Cactus Outlet (Etsy) today. It had tons of active roots and wasn't one of those borderline scam imported Yuccas that have a 50/50 shot of making it. It was pricey, but for being an established large plant, I think worth it. Can't wait to plant it at the new place next month.



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