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Fusca
9 hours ago, Duppy said:

Here are my Mules planted from 3g pots 4 years ago, and today. 

Brett, they look great - hardly see any cold damage.  Your mules have grown much faster than mine.  I bought a 3-gal mule in 2014 also, but it's barely half the size of yours.  I guess having dug it up and transplanted it 4 times since then has slowed it down!  :wacko:  How's your Bizzy recovering?

Jon

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Estlander
3 hours ago, Duppy said:

I was at the nursery in San Antonio last week and the guy was talking to somebody on the phone recommending Mules.  I overheard him tell the person an 8 footer with about a foot of trunk was 700$.  I didn't see them on my walkthrough but after hearing that, I didn't need to.

$700? Wow, that’s crazy.

But yeah, i was happy with their price so i went and bought another one from them for $125 again.  :D 

They were asking $650 for their bigger Mules with delivery and planting which were about the same size as posted by Duppy. 

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Duppy

@Fusca  Damn those trees that think they need to get their feet planted before growing. lol   The Bizzy is ugly but alive!

 

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Duppy

@WestCoastGal  I'd love to see pics of yours.  I really can't express how much I like Mules.   The one on the right in my original pic has always had the thickest crown and beefiest trunk.  It's strange to me since they're all around the same height but it has the most trunk by far.  I may post a pic of the far left one that's kind of hidden in the pic. It's the scraggliest one by a mile.  It has the fewest fronds and almost no trunk.

Here is the runt of the litter. My guess is maybe more Butia traits? The fronds never really fall, they stay pretty stiff. That or it's really just a runt.

 

 

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Laaz
15 hours ago, TexasColdHardyPalms said:

@Laaz That one is dead.

It's solid, no mush & green inside. I'll give it some time.

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Mightycanes

How far are your mules spaced apart?

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Duppy

@Mightycanes  If you're asking me. There's 4 palms, left to right, center to center it's 9ft, 7ft, and across the walkway is 11 ft.  My patio faces SSW and bakes and blinds in the Texas sun so I went for as close as I was comfortable with, and also lining up with the arches in the wall, so I could get as thick of canopy as possible. I may be dead by the time that happens but somebody will enjoy it!

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mthteh1916
20 hours ago, Laaz said:

It's solid, no mush & green inside. I'll give it some time.

Are any of your other mules doing better than that one pictured?

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Laaz

Yes, they are all pushing new fronds. Didn't lose any.

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mthteh1916
29 minutes ago, Laaz said:

Yes, they are all pushing new fronds. Didn't lose any.

Nice. How bout your phoenix palms or livistona? You have lady palms?

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Laaz

Yep, they all made it. The rhapis got burned but are doing fine now.

 

 

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WestCoastGal

Duppy here's a photo I grabbed yesterday morning, mostly canopy though, of the two mules that were posted at the begining of this thread. Think I need to clean my camera lens, looks a bit fuzzy. Kind of hard to get good closeup photos of the mules due to our small backyard and closeness to the house and because of how tall they are. Hope to post a photo of our newest mule if I can time it better, sun or shadows and proximity to house makes it hard to get a good evenly lit photo. 

To the left of the mules is a fairly young butia that has developed quite a large canopy, and hard to photo, and a Trachycarpus fortunei. I don't think we fed our palms last year like we have done in the past (slow-release fertilizer) but did re-mulched the backyard. Everything seems very happy. Aside from some ocassional pruning really a very easy tropical look to maintain. We wanted low maintenance, no leaves to rake, slow enough growing that we wouldn't need to prune frequently, well suited to our zone and think we hit it with this combination. The mules from what I've seen aren't heavy seed producers like their queen parentage and we've been cutting down the spathes before the fruit gets too large and heavy. We like to let them flower for the bees. We also keep our fronds on until they are pretty spent and brown. 

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Sandy Loam

WestCoastGal, those Mule Palms look fantastic, assuming that they are the two tallest Palms in the photo.  I hope mine look like that some day.

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WestCoastGal
16 hours ago, Sandy Loam said:

WestCoastGal, those Mule Palms look fantastic, assuming that they are the two tallest Palms in the photo.  I hope mine look like that some day.

Yes, they are the tall ones grown up! I consider them the nicest cold hardy palm you can reliably grow for the zone they are in. I see so many queens in our area, a few jubeas (very few) but wish more people planted the mules. Not sure if we are the only ones in our general area but they do so well with our heat and cold and I get so many surpised people who see them. Most think they are coconut palms, which they aren't of course. Give yours time, in general I find they do grow rather fast in my area.

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Mightycanes

How far apart are they planted 6 feet?

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Duppy

@WestCoastGal  I'm really impressed with your backyard oasis. Every spot is filled but it doesn't look cluttered. Clean and green!  The mules are perrrrty!

 

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WestCoastGal

Yesterday was a gloomy morning when I took these so sorry for the darkness of them. Here are the two mules as best I could get them from trunk to some canopy. Tallest to the right of our pergola.

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mthteh1916
On 5/9/2018, 8:22:54, Laaz said:

Now lers see if this one pulls through.

 

 

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what kind of palm is that?

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Laaz

Mule

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RJ

Anymore updates in general? I've purchased a few mules all still quite small though.  

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Insomniac411
On 3/2/2018, 12:39:47, Rothbardian1 said:

I bought this mule palm about a month ago for $100 in Jacksonville, Fl. I've trimmed half of the fronds off, and the remaining are a little tattered from the drive back . But otherwise, I got an awesome deal.

Beautiful specimen.  How did the shock fair?

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Sandy Loam
On 5/9/2018, 1:03:28, Duppy said:

Sandy Loam,
Here are my Mules planted from 3g pots 4 years ago, and today.  The one on the right is 10 feet.  If I wanted to (I don't)  I could cut off the horizontal fronds and easily walk under.  We do get enough of a winter here that they stop growing for a few months so you may get more growth in general.  These bake in the sun all year in South Central Texas so no help there as far as shade grown.  The yellow fronds are the damage they took from this years nasty winter and i'll cut those off as soon as the tree is done cannibalizing them.  Hope this helps with your landscaping decision.
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Brett

 

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Thanks, Duppy. Your Mule palms have shown amazing growth for just four years.  I know that Texas was hit hard but the brutal cold snap in January this year (except for Brownsville, of course), but it appears that your Mule palms were undamaged.  I guess these truly are a long-term palm in your region ---- as long as fusarium doesn't start spreading there.

 

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