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  1. 33 points
    I'm in West Palm for an interview so I wanted to stop by Pete Balasky's Beccariophoenix alfredii on the way. It's doing well! It's got 4 feet of trunk now, and the trunk is a bit over 60 inches in circumference at 4 feet. Shouldn't be long until it starts flowering. Here are pics: The rope on the tree is holding up the Copernicia macroglossa nearby that's leaning away.
  2. 30 points
    My C. Mac has busted through my roof. When I built my entry way I was sure to add a nice opening for it to one day grow through. Looking good with some backlighting today.
  3. 24 points
    Just an ode to what is absolutely one of the most beautiful palms I've grown in my garden. Some have come and gone, others are small to medium, and some seedlings. A monster of a palm when mature, dropping volkswagen sized fronds crushing anything unlucky enough to be in the way. Trunks of younger specimens are beyond compare and seemed to glow with their white waxy film. Fast growers, water lovers, and pendant leaves that shimmer in the slightest breeze. Here are a few photos. C. samoense
  4. 23 points
    One of Dave's 3 Beccariophoenix alfredii. This tree is absolutely massive. that is a 5 gal container next to it. a spectacular display of color with bougainvillea and a silver chamaerops. This jubaea hybrid kicks a**
  5. 22 points
    The below YouTube video shows my African oil palm (Elaeis quineensis) over a 13 year period in the ground. This palm has been to hell and back over those 13 years. I almost lost (and thought I did) this palm to multiple freezes in January of 2010 -- but it survived. When December of 2010 rolled around and I got the earliest freeze ever (December 7th), plus 11 straight days of cold, I was more prepared, and I protected my oil palm to the extent that the meristem and trunk (stem) wasn't cold damaged. The spread of the crown of my oil palm is larger than it appears. I think it has the greatest crown spread of all of the palm species I'm growing. When my oil palm was a juvenile I once recorded how many fronds it produced in one year's time. I believe I recorded 28 fronds. Kind of reminds me of Phoenix roebellenii, as both species, if they get totally defoliated by frost, they regrow their crowns relatively fast. At least after one season's growth they look respectable again. My one regret in my video is that I don't have photos for every year of its growth. I wish I had photo documented it better, taking a photo from the same spot for every year I've been growing it. The past four winters have been mild, and my oil palm incurred little or no damage. I'm hoping for a repeat this winter. But if by chance the forecast calls for temperatures to drop much below the high 20s (F), I do plan to protect the developing trunk and meristem. I have too many years investment in this palm to let it be killed by one cold night.
  6. 21 points
    Hello all, As a fellow palm enthusiast, I’d often day dream of owning land and designing a nursery. For the past few years, I’ve scoured multiple reality websites, searching for the perfect plot. We found one and offered full price for a little over 12 acres and the owner accepted. This property was beautiful and was once a running nursery (perfect for me!). A few days went by after putting deposit down, when the realtor called me saying that the owner got cold feet and backed out of the deal. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed. Many nights I spent plotting and scheming the lay of the land and what to do with it, just for them to pull the rug from under me. Flash forward to now, a year and some change later. My wife and I fianlly closed on 9.06 acres, about 4 minutes from our house. It was a blessing in disguise when the other property didn’t work out, as it was in a very rural area with little development, while the newly acquired land is in the in the middle what feels like Sim City with unlimited funds. The property is fully fenced with a 4” well, pole barn and an insulated shed. The land is majorly covered by large water oaks with a few pockets of cleared land. We recently had about 3/4 acre cleared to start planting clumping bamboo and palms (potted and in ground). Development of the nursery is going to take some time, as my wife and I both work full time jobs. But, with the property so close to the house, I’m out there every day. So, here’s to the start of our dream nursery and the progress along the way. Enjoy...
  7. 21 points
    Just took some pics this evening. Most of my decipiens have coloured up a lot this year.
  8. 21 points
    Yesterday I took the following photos of some of the palms in my back yard World's Smallest Jungle View down the walk toward the Isabelle Canal Left (east) of walk: Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii in pots and Hydriestele dransfieldii Right (west) of walk: Kerriodoxa elegans Pinanga cochinensis Ravenea julietae and Chamaedorea geoniformis Lytocaryum hoehnei Lytocaryum weddellianum & Reinhardtia latisecta Compact x2 Pots of palm seedlings germinated this past growing season
  9. 20 points
    Went for hike today to look for Pritchardia bakeri in Niu Valley, Kulepeamoa ridge, it is next to ours, Kuliouou. from which I have seen these Pritchardia thru binoculars, but never gone over to look for. The trail is much harder to follow than Kulliouou, much more dangerous, and almost no existent . Was so windy in places I got knocked over, so was safer to crouch or crawl, with shear drops on both sides in places. These pictures do not do justice to the beauty of the area. The bakeri ( it keys out to bakeri.) pictured here was just off the trail. The fruit stalks were extremely long. At least 12 feet or more. and some were hanging on ground. Some green seed was present, marbled size, but no mature or decomposing ones on ground and no evidence of reproduction, most likely due to rats. About 50 seed were present. Was in a sea of strawberry guava trees, but there were other natives scattered around underneath. Many other palms were on the cliffs , but only accessable by ropes. So not sure if P. marti or bakeri. Not sure if Don Hodel or other biologists have been to this site, but the one pictured is very close to the trail. Was a pure joy to see these, was so stoked to finally make it up to that valley, came around corner and their they were. aloha
  10. 20 points
    Well winter is here, and I'm curious how everyone's yard is looking. For me, I regret putting in so many species, everything is a grown together mess. That and I have had no time to prune and keep it clean. Pics taken a couple days ago. Dypsis Decaryi - Still small but took the heat amazingly well. This southern wall is HOT in the summer These were 1g Beccariophoenix Alfredii from floribunda. Growing fastest in the sun with lots of water. My shade ones are really slow though. Roystonea Regia, lost in the foliage. It's going into it's second winter. Foreground is a Pritchardia Remota A. Alexandrae. This one I got as a 2-3 gal from Lowe's. Was sold as Cunninghamia. Thanks to Ben for finding these! Finally starting to trunk and put on some nice size. A. Illawarra in the foreground. Was planted back in 2010 but sat in shock for 3-4 years, now 18'+ overall. Len's Tribear. Doing good through the summer. dypsis ambositrae Bird's nest fern A. Purpurea My oldest and largest B. Aldredii. About 6' overall. But it's been in the shade and thus a little slower Small Tribear I'm growing. Love these! K.O. Small but kinda old R. rivularis in the back. These things are total slugs for me. My biggest P. roebelenii, about 10' overall arenga engleri R. baueri.. Just noticed now that the Parajubaea torallyi var. torallyi is starting to get tall in the background. One of my C. Macrocarpas C. Metallica Coco Queen & Archontophoenix Cunninghamania Jacurandas are getting big. Don't miss the old plum tree I had to cut down! Coco Queen and more Archontophoenix Cunninghamania A. Maxima Acanthophoenix Rubra P. beccariana beccariophoenix madagascariensis behind the bottle
  11. 20 points
    I have two queens in my front garden (one larger than the other) that look so great that most people (those who have no clue about palm trees) think they're coconut trees. As Darol mentioned, they do love fertilizer and water. One way to tell whether a Queen needs more fertilizer is how the old fronds go from green to brown. A healthy Queen like mine go from green to brown when the frond is very close to the trunk and it happens very fast. A not so healthy Queen goes from green to yellow (this is where the palm is using that frond as food,) stays yellow for a while and then once all the nutrients are extracted from the old frond, the frond turns brown —this change from green to yellow sometimes happens when the frond are as high as 90 degrees with several fronds yellowing at the same time. Here where I live, we do have an association that doesn't like yellow fronds, so all my neighbors do is hire this "landscapers" who instead of fixing the problem, just make it worse by removing the yellow fronds, so the palms start in a yellowing frond cycle that requires cleaning every other week or at least once a month. Good $$ for the landscapers while those palm trees are desperately needing food. And my smart neighbors who think that fertilizers are too expensive are paying $40 to $50 bucks per cleaning —just my two cents.
  12. 19 points
    The beaches surrounding the Abbey Gardens aren't half bad either! Tresco probably has the best beaches in the British Isles, as well as the best garden. It is a Cordyline heaven. Here are some more pics of this gem of a place!
  13. 19 points
    Hey guys, Its been a looooooong time! I’ve been in the garden lately and decided to do an update. I thought this palm deserved a separate thread. I got this from FB on the second batch around 2012 (planted one from the first batch Jeff put out and it’s still the size of a 1 gal). This was 3 palms put together (1 one gal, two 4”) and unfortunately one of them still looks like a shrimp. I caged it, amended the soil and have it on drip one time a week (2x in summer). It’s planted on the west side of the house and gets around 6 hours plus of sun now that it’s over the roof line. Total height is around 10 feet, 6’ where the spear starts. I also haven't fertilized in about 4 years. Happy growing
  14. 19 points
  15. 18 points
    I spent the afternoon with Dave over in La Habra for a little PRA. Here are some photos of his spectacular plants. The sky was a bit overcast which made good lighting for pictures. Hope you enjoy! Let's begin with a walk through the parajubaea forest. One is TvT, the frond with the silver underside belongs to sunkha. Lots of goodies planted underneath, including B. condapanna.
  16. 18 points
    This is got to be one of the rarest Hawaiian Pritchardia, at least from known specimens in habitat. Have posted this before. Was blessed with a rare beautiful crystal clear North Shore day. Went for a long run round trip to check on this guy close to the top. Lots of seed, literally hundreds. but still green and pea sized . Last time I went up there were none Only a few half eaten ones on the ground, due to rats Has a cool round spherical group of leaflets. Right above the trail. The only one in the area. A big fire behind it years ago, and some how it was spared. This guy needs to be in peoples gardens before another fire or hurricane wipes out the species. aloha
  17. 18 points
    i fell in love with Brahea decumbens. It looks very much like copernicia with that color and the stiff leaflets. Brahea Super Silver is behind it with more upright fronds. A fruiting acrocomia to the right. Here's a better look at Super Silver and feast your eyes on this Brahea dulcis! wow!
  18. 18 points
    Unbelievable Mauritia flexuosa growing in Micco at Jason and Sues beautiful Garden. Jason first photo, my husband Greg in third photo. This palm survived the 2010 freeze!
  19. 18 points
    I started trimming leafbases(many just fell off) up on my sabal causiarum. Less than 2' clear, its a fattie at 36" diameter. This palm was planted in summer 2011 as a big strap leaf seedling. It has come a long way to about 20-22' in overall height. Its a beast and has brought 2 volunteers under a nearby bush(not sure if I cut down the bush now. Originally it was labelled a sabal domingensis by Tejas tropicals but the small fruits and 3 orders of branching match Scott Zonas ID of causiarum. And yes it has ligules, but not until it trunked a couple years ago. For scale, my foot is wearing a 12 1/2 size shoe 13" in length.
  20. 18 points
    Here’s my biggest hybrid Archie abloom and aflame in the setting sun on a fine northern hemisphere evening. Show is your palms aflame in first or last light!
  21. 18 points
    Potted Areca catechu Dwarfs & Semi-Dwarfs Ptychosperma sp & Adonidia merrillii x Wodyetia bifurcata Adonidia merrillii x Wodyetia bifurcata Satakentia Cocos nucifera Dwarf Red Spicata twins on Garden Lot. I lost their mother to Hurricane Irma in 2017
  22. 18 points
    I've read threads on here about spreading the love (read obsession) of palms with friends and neighbors. Today, a success story from my neighborhood: after seeing palms slowly take over my front yard, my neighbor across the street asked about planting one in her front yard. I was super happy to plant this parajubaea for her. Here she is, happy palm, happy palm owner.
  23. 17 points
    Once out of the parajubaea forest, you are greeted by this beast of a palm. and another But wait, there's more! This one in the middle here is affectionately called Butch.
  24. 17 points
    Some shots of the brand spankin new roof garden in San Francisco. PWP Landscape Architecture designed the landscape with the palm selection help of Jason Dewees, I believe. It is an amazing space with a wide variety of plants from around the world. It is a must see if you visit San Francisco!
  25. 17 points
    Madagascar – A Fragile and Threatened Land https://vimeo.com/218915813 Ed



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