My Rhapidophyllum hystrix is blooming for the first time, but after googling around I’m still clueless as to which gender it is. Does anyone happen to know?
I know they’re dioecious, so with this being the only Needle I have, the flowers (or whatever they are) aren’t of any use at this time unfortunately.
Here’s an overview of the palm from March:
It’s put out 3 fronds so far this year, with two offsets forming, not bad for a “slow growing” palm in zone 7. Not far behind my Trachycarpus fortunei and Trachycarpus takil, and it puts my Sabal minor to shame.
None of these hardy palms come close to my Phoenix roebelenii though, which has put out 8 or 9 fronds so far this year.
In July I bought two needle palms from a guy selling them on eBay. One of them was clearly in worse condition than the other and it went into rapid decline in September. Today I was able to pull the most recent frond out of it and confirm that it's now completely dead. However, the other palm appeared to be in great condition and showed no bad signs until last month and now it is going into rapid decline like the other palm. The oldest fronds are dying one by one and all of them have dried up quickly.
The palm on September 29 vs. the palm on November 23:
The guy who sold it to me said he would send me a new needle palm in the spring to replace the one that already died. However, I would like to know why this palm is dying and if there is anything I can do to save it from imminent death. I know that it cannot be completely due to cold weather because the daily lows are still above freezing and I have 5 much younger needle palms in the ground that appear to be in perfect condition.