South Florida Palm Society (SFPS) Miami Palm Sale @ Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's PLANT CLUB DAYBy MameyDisco
South Florida Palm Society
(SFPS), Miami, Florida
SEPTEMBER 19th, 2020 - 2 Ticketed Sessions - (10:00 AM - 1:00 PM) & (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
SFPS Members have made some nice donations... at least 20+ genera will be available in limited quantities as this is a ticketed and time restricted / slotted event.
Various other local societies will be there as well such as The Rare Fruit Council International (RFCI), Tropical Flowering Tree Society (TFTS), Tropical Fern & Exotic Plant Society (TFEPS) and various local orchid societies from Miami & Coral Gables. Fairchild Garden will also be selling plants... first event of its kind in a while which is why I wanted to share.
We welcome anyone under 40 years of age to join for $1.00 membership fee, everyone else you're still welcome to join.
Event Page: https://fairchildgarden.org/eventon/plant-club-day/
Tickets are required (limited qty.) - https://store.fairchildgarden.org/EventPurchase.aspx?dateselected=9/19/2020
First time I've seen this
This will be a 3 day field trip. Members can feel free to attend any or all of the days. More information available here:
If you are not a member, but would like to become one - or if you were previously a member and would like to renew: http://cfpacs.com/org/membership-info/
If you are a CFPACS Member or former member, you should have received an email regarding the itinerary for the fall meeting. If you are not a past or present member, but are interested in joining and/or attending, please PM me at your earliest convenience. CFPACS was able to get a block of rooms reserved at a special group rate in the Miami area for our attendees. The details of how to lock in the group rate are included in the email sent earlier, but you will need to reserve a room by Monday, August 31st, 2020. The tentative itinerary is shared below:
Friday, October 2nd, 2020
Nursery and Plant Sale Visits (starting at Searle ~10am)
Some members are going down early Friday to check out some of the South Florida nurseries. These are some of the South Florida nurseries that members have suggested they wanted to visit.
Fall Searle Sale: 6640 SW 172nd Ave., Southwest Ranches, FL 33331
Richard Lyons’ Nursery: 20200 SW 134th Ave, Miami, FL 33177
Redlands Nursery: 18455 SW 264th St, Homestead, FL 33031
Action Theory Landscaping and Nursery: 22401 SW 130th Ave,Miami, FL 33170
Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
Montgomery Botanical Center: 11901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables, FL 33156
Attendees will be split in groups of 10 for tours of this wonderful 120-acre botanical garden. Please bring a brown bag lunch and either a chair or blanket to sit on while you are eating.
Sunday, October 4th, 2020
Private Garden Cookout: TBA, Hollywood, FL
Attendees enjoy a hamburgers and hot dogs style cookout on a property large enough to allow plenty of social distance per CDC guidelines. Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on while you are eating. The garden contains plenty of mature palm specimens and a large pond, including several Tahina spectabilis. There will be a garden tour and a palm raffle at this event. Please bring long clothes and/or mosquito repellent.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens: 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables, FL 33156
Some members have expressed an interest in attending this wonderful 83-acre garden. To our knowledge, they are not accepting reciprocal passes at the moment and are offering two 3-hour tours per day (10am and 1pm). This can be done on your own if you wish as it is not formally scheduled.
By Fi Melbourne
I've just received my 3 sprouted coconuts in the mail. This will be my first time growing coconut and I am a bit excited and nervous at the same time as I've never done this before.
I grew up in South East Asia and my late grandfather's house was surrounded with beautiful coconut trees. Now that I've moved to Melbourne Australia, I wanted a piece of tropical paradise with me to remind me of my childhood.
Since it's currently winter now in Melbourne, the coconuts will be grown indoor. Once they get bigger... I will move them in the greenhouse. Hopefully with the right method and equipment, I would be able to grow them in the ground one day. I have about a dozen of banana trees growing in the backyard already and now I just need a few coconut trees to have my own tropical paradise.
Do you guys have any advice for a newbie like me? Do's and don'ts? I have a heat mat, grow light and humidifier to help these babies grow. Should I leave the heat mat on all night? I put plastic over them to create a humid environment. Any fertilizer at all at this stage?
Thanks guys and it's great to be a part of this community.