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I bought my house back in april 2010 and started planting out palms. By june I had planted out this dypsis pembana from mbpalms as a 1 gallon and it grew quickly for the next 5 months. Then a 30 year cold hit dec 15,16 2010, and my yard, a newly contructed house, had no canopy. Two good frosts(you could scrape it off leaves at 10 am) and ~28F with 6+ hrs below 32F on those days doomed many of my young palms which were not established and small. Even Royal 15 gallon and 7 gallon palms died as did a foxtail 5 gallon and two 3 gallon foxy ladies. All of these and more had spear pull. My only zone 10 palm that didn't get spear pull was a leptocheilos x decaryi, it lost all but the spear. So I watched my pembana for a few days and then the spear came out upon pulling. I learned on palmtalk that repeated peroxide/daconil can sometimes help palms recover. I ripped this pembana out of the ground and almost decided to trash it, but I threw it in a pot and began treatment with all my other burned palms, repeatedly applying it every 2 weeks down the spear hole! Many of the others died, but I was stunned to find that after 3 months of warm weather a spear emerged from this palm. Here is a pic of the palm just after the frost events(3rd day?) and in may 2011 with spear emerging.

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After another growing season passed I put this palm back into the ground in another warmer spot. By this time I was getting a little more canopy cover and I had a warm spot off the master bedroom window. Interesting thing is, this palm emerged with to growing points, its a little unusual that way I understand. The funny thing is I never expected this palm to survive and only treated it because I was treating other palms that I expected to survive(and they didn't) and I had extra peroxide daconil. Here is a pic of the palm overall last month and a close up of the trunk split. This palm has become a special survivor, a palm that means more to me because of its amazing recovery. My experience with this and some of my other palms that did recover verified the advice I was given here on palmtalk. Pull spear as soon as it will come out and repeat the peroxide daconil treatment at least 3-4 times every couple weeks

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KennyRE317

great job on the save, also that's some growth for 3 years

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BS Man about Palms

Bravo!

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_Keith

Great job. Not easy to bring one back from death's door, but you did it spectacularly.

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