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Butia capitata zone 6b (with protection)?

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jfrye01@live.com

I was wondering the feasibility of growing a pindo in zone 6b...obviously, I would heavily protect with a temporary mini greenhouse in winter...would it be possible to grow this palm? Also, is there anywhere in north Texas I could buy one? I live near Wichita, Kansas and am willing to drive 7-8 hours to buy one if need be...crazy, I know:) Thanks in advance!

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Steve the palmreader

Butias survived a dry 7 degree freeze in Jax in 1985 with no damage.But were somewhat browned by teens with ice in 1989

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Alicehunter2000

That's not crazy ...i've driven further ...lol....they handle low teens for sure.

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Ben in Norcal

They are 29.99 at my local OSH. You should get one shipped.

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jfrye01@live.com

Haha I'm a pilot and I have my own plane, so I could fly a few hours to pick one up, but it may not fit in the plane! haha! I'll do some checking around online, do you have a website for the $29.99? Thanks!

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jfrye01@live.com

Lol nevermind found it!! Turns out I can't order the palms online:/ Darn it.

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Ben in Norcal

The 29.99 ones are the 3 gallon size, maybe 24" overall height. So I would hope that fits on the plane! :-)

Jungle Music in the San Diego area (Phil Bergman) is a good source that will ship anywhere in the US...

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Ben in Norcal

Up to 15g size, I should add.

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Brad Mondel

You could make it work but remember that you might lose it. I think buying more than one would be a good idea- just in case you lose one to rot or cold damage.

It's important to keep the crown dry when it's cold, I use to live in zone 6b and the palm fronds survived extreme cold but the bud rotted out and eventually died. We have many here in my now zone 8b location and 5 gallons start out at about $25.

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jfrye01@live.com

What's the best way to keep them from rotting?? I've heard a copper solution is supposed to inhibit fungal growth, does that also work for rot?

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Hammer

What's the best way to keep them from rotting?? I've heard a copper solution is supposed to inhibit fungal growth, does that also work for rot?

Hydrogen peroxide can be an effective and low cost solution. For me, it seems to work well on palms if I catch it early. Advanced cases of rot, not as effective. That's my experience anyway.

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Turtile

Any Lowe's or Home Depot in Zone 7b or higher south of you should have them. If you build a greenhouse with active heating, it will be fine. Butia won't rot following winter unless it gets damaged.

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PalmatierMeg

What's the best way to keep them from rotting?? I've heard a copper solution is supposed to inhibit fungal growth, does that also work for rot?

Best way to keep away rot is to keep the crown dry. Over in the UK many palm lovers build roofed structures over palms in their gardens to keep out winter rains. Others literally rig umbrellas, esp. clear ones, over the crowns of their palms to block rain while lettting in light. Need I say it rains a lot there. Peroxide and copper sulfate are stopgaps after damage is done.

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