I have approx. 40-50 1g Carpoxylon macrospermum seedlings for sale. I germinated them nearly a year ago and they have lived outdoors ever since, even through winter. Some lived on the back lanai, others in jungle shade and others on the sun patio. None were protected, artificially heated or moved indoors and the vast majority survived a coolish, overcast winter and lows down to the low 40s with no damage. In March I moved the pots on the sun patio into shade because the sun would soon become too strong for them. Each seedling is ~12" tall and most are starting a second bifid. Read about this species here:
A few things I have learned from experience:
1. Despite their large size and apparent toughness, Carpoxylon are tropical palms and can be tricky when young. Make sure you pot them in a loose draining mix and water judiciously. Give them lots of light but no summer sun. Don't expose them to drying winds.
2. Don't rush to stick them in the ground. This is a palm that needs some size before you turn it loose in the world. Take the time to grow it. I killed two before another PTer warned me they needed to be nearly 15g before planting. I planted my one survivor from a 10g.
3. Do not expose a young Carpoxylon to full year round sun, esp. in FL and inland CA. They will cook to death. This is an emergent palm. I planted mine under partial canopy on the hill overlooking our canal.
If you want to grow one yourself, now is your chance.
Carpoxylon macrospermum, 1g seedlings: $10.00 each LIMIT = 5
Shipping = $15.00 via Priority Rate Mail for up to 5. No shipping outside the US. No shipping to HI. No shipping to post boxes
Seedlings will be shipped without pots and soil, with roots wrapped in damp orchid moss, clear wrap and foil.
Payment via Paypal. Please, no personal checks
PM me if you are interested.
My juvenile Carpoxylon (not the mother)
Cyrtostachys renda, the Red Sealing Wax Palm (also known as the Lipstick Palm) , has the well-deserved reputation of not being able to grow 'en la tierra' in Southern Florida. Notoriously cold-sensitive,
It can 'brown off' at 40 degrees F. Attached photograph shows a 10-year old plant doing quite well on Miami Beach. It has a western and southern exposure and is shielded from the north. There are two 'tall' trunks , reaching 10 feet (highest point). The palm has managed 46 degrees F with no damage. On the same evening, temperatures 1-2 miles inland (Coral Gables) were 42 degrees. South Florida has had a long streak (?15+ years) of mild winters. I can testify to knowing of fruiting breadfruit trees 25 feet high a mile from Biscayne Bay (something unthinkable 30 years ago), anecdotal evidence of climate change. Are other enthusiasts having success with the stunning Red Sealing Wax palm in Miami and environs? Just curious.
First time I've seen this
Supposed to be fast but not my experience
Copernicia hospita (25 years planted) center