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Well we just got back from another vacation to the big island and it never stops amazing me how much there is to do and see there. We brought the kids this time so while we were able to plant some palms and work on the house we also took alot of adventures and hikes and saw many new things and parts of the island that we had not seen before. I was very happy to see that every single palm that I had planted last time we were out there had not only survived but were thriving and had put on significant growth. Anyhows everyone had an awesome time and we can't wait to go back. I met Jerry and Cindy Andersen at there Leilani property and nursery and they hooked me up big time with some very nice palms and tropicals. Here is the list.

15 gal. Bentinckia Condopanna

5 gal. Carpoxylon Macrospermum

1 gal. Dypsis Mad Fox

2 gal. Dypsis Saintlucei

1 gal. Dypsis "true" Ambositrae

1 gal. Dypsis Heteromorpha

1 gal. Dypsis Betafaka

1 gal. Dypsis sp. Green Boresy

4'' Dypsis Procera

2-4'' Dypsis Florencei "entire leaf"

2 gal. Metroxylon Warburgii

5 gal. Socratea Exorizum

5 gal. Anthurium Dolichistachum

5 gal. Philodendron Verucosum

and another Phily that Jerry gave me.

I'll post a few pics of them and I'll post the adventure pics in the days to come.

Steve

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This first palm I knew very little about but it is a knockout with all of it's colors. It is a very robust palm starting to trunk and about 7' planted out. Here are a few pics of Bentinckia Condopanna.

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another

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And one of the trunk detail.

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Here are a few pics of my favorite palm in the world, Mad Foxtail!  :D  Thanks Jerry!

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Here is a shot from farther away. It's sharing a planter with a Lemur, Dypsis Faneva, Dypsis Carlsmithii and Pinanga Speciosa.

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Planted out it is about 2 ft. Here is a close up pic showing the beautifull color in the new spear.

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A pic of Metroxylon Warburgii opening a new red frond.

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Carpoxylon Macrospermum

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Another one of my favs Dypsis Saintlucei.

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And a trunk closeup.

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I climbed on top of a lava mould to plant this one because I want it's stilt roots to snake down the sides. I know, I'm wierd  :D . Socratea Exorizum

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A closeup of the emerging stilt roots.

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After everything I planted last time lived I decided to really roll the dice and plant these 2- 3'' Dypsis Florencei's. I hollowed out a small lava mould, put in nice dirt, placed leaves around for mulch and they have a Cibotium tree fern for canopy... we'll see what happens.

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Dypsis Sp. Green Boresy

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Dypsis "true" Abositrae

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I also planted a couple of cool Aroids. Here is Anthurium Dolichistachum. These get HUGE!

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And here is Philodendron Verucosum.

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Peter

Looks great Steve!

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Steve, too bad I didn't have time to stop by last week, was at Bo's place scouting around. He said you were on island.

That condopanna is outstanding. I can hardly wait to get back and work on the garden.

Tim

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paulgila

those are all incredible palms,musta been a blast to be able to pick ANYTHING & know that it would grow so well!

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Nice score Steve!

Ever since Bo posted photos of his condopanna, I was a fan. It's a very colorful palm. Big score with the Mad Fox! Mine's opening a new leaf as I type this.

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(Peter @ Mar. 14 2008,11:56)

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Looks great Steve!

Thanks Peter. Baby steps but it's a start. We still have'nt even hacked our way into the back half acre yet.

Steve

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(realarch @ Mar. 14 2008,12:06)

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Steve, too bad I didn't have time to stop by last week, was at Bo's place scouting around. He said you were on island.

That condopanna is outstanding. I can hardly wait to get back and work on the garden.

Tim

Tim, Sounds like we just missed each other. We were all over the island though. Yes the Condopanna is one of my favorites! You should pick one up from Jerry for your garden too. I believe he only has 3 or 4 left. I can't wait too get back either and in fact we are allready planning our next trip  :D .

Steve

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(pohonkelapa @ Mar. 14 2008,19:15)

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those are all incredible palms,musta been a blast to be able to pick ANYTHING & know that it would grow so well!

Thanks Paul. True dat, I'm buying and planting palms that have names I can't even spell or pronounce correctly but I'm having a blast  :D !

Steve

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(JakeK @ Mar. 14 2008,19:41)

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Nice score Steve!

Ever since Bo posted photos of his condopanna, I was a fan. It's a very colorful palm. Big score with the Mad Fox! Mine's opening a new leaf as I type this.

Thanks Jake, Yeah I talked to Jerry before we left for the island and he told me about the Condopanna and it was totally new to me but once you see one in person you have to have it. The Mad Fox is my favorite palm so it was a must have but I had no idea that I was going to be able to score such a nice size one. I am totally stoked. My Mad Fox in SD opened a red frond that stayed red for 3 months!

Steve

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Well before I go to the adventure part of our trip I'll post some pics of palms I planted on our last trip 6 months ago. The growth rates were good to great and every thing is really digging in. I got 3 nice 5 gal. Neoveitchia Storkii's from Bo. They all had bifid fronds and now all 3 are going pinnate.

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Here is one more.

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I also planted 2- 5 gal. Lemurs which are doing awesome.

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Check out this color!

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The Clino's are blowing up too.

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This Clinostigma is going pinnate.

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Dypsis Prestoniana

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Dypsis Nauseosa

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Here is Dypsis Faneva showing nice coloration in the trunk.

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Calyptrocalyx Leptostachys. This little palm doubled in size.

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Alright, enough plants allready!Here are my two favorite wahine's, my daughter Tika and my wife Steph on the plane over. We fly hawaiin airlines and the flight is always great and they actually feed you.

Steve

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Tika underneath some sort of rustic structure.

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Me and my son Ty taking a break on the way to Punaluu state park beach.

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Here is a pic of Punaluu beach. It made the top ten beaches in Hawaii on the travel channel and you can see why. It is a beautifull coconut lined black sand beach.

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