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    • UK_Palms
      By UK_Palms
      So I had a couple of hours spare and challenged myself to see as many palms as possible in the Richmond area of London, which is in the southeast of capital. I have put together a photo-documented record of palms in this vicinity of the city and their progress up to now.
      First up, Butia Odorata…

      This Jubaea is something else

      The Brahea Armata is getting bigger

      Butia Yatay

      Parajubaea Cocoides growing under the Yatay

      Chamaerops Humilis


      Trithrinax Campestris

      Washingtonia and smaller Jubaea

      Yucca Elephantipes, one of the most common exotic plants in London

      Typical London CIDP

      I had to visit the two Kew/Richmond Robusta’s up close. The neighbour’s front yard has had all the big Trachy’s and Chamaerops cut down though!

      Another Brahea Armata

      It was a mild early February day in southeast London…

      Trachy’s aplenty…

      CIDP’s aplenty too…

      Terrific washingtonia lurking down a side road in Mitcham…

      Spotted a few more CIDP’s as well…

      I actually missed quite a few palms off, but I can’t complain given the decent haul I managed to view  and photograph still, all in the space of about 2-3 hours. That also included a stop at Richmond Park for lunch too, so it was a fairly productive visit. 
    • MSX
      By MSX
      Hello everyone! I've been into palms for quite some time but this is my first experience of watching a palm grow from seed, and it happened that this is a Butia. I've been following these recommendations Germinating Butia Seed By Nigel Kembrey. Chamaerops No. 51 - published online 22-04-2005. According to the recommendations, a seed starting soilless medium contains 75% perlite and 25% vermiculite. The medium was watered only once in the beginning before placing the nuts on the top of it, now it's almost bone dry to touch. Having spent nearly a month in a container (7 days of soaking + 21 days on the top of the medium) one of the seeds(nuts) have sprouted

      Two more days and it pulls the nut up burying deeper into the perlite/vermiculite medium

      The article mentioned above suggests the following: "I tend to allow the seedling to develop in the perlite until the leaf is visible, and then lift it out and pot it up. This gives the best survival ratio." So, my question - should I leave the nut like this until it develops the first small green leaf before transplanting it from the soilless medium to a separate container with a regular soil based medium? Or is it okay to move it in to the soil based medium right away? Thanks!
    • UK_Palms
      By UK_Palms
      All of these ones are in London only. I will do a second upload for the other UK ones because there are already too many for London alone.
      Starting with the Jubaea's first, these ones are located in Richmond, southeast London...

      Street view Jubaea's...

      Here is the Jubaea at Chelsea Physic Garden in central London, which I visited over the summer...


      Battersea Park Jubaea's in central London...

      North London Jubaea with big Washingtonia Filifera...

      Some smaller London Jubaea's on street view...

      Now onto the London Butia's, of which there are many to document. Here's the one at Chelsea Physic Garden next to that Jubaea I posted before...


      This Butia is located in Chumleigh Gardens which is in Burgess Park, south London...

      This CIDP is located right next to the Butia above, in Burgess Park, south London. You can see the Butia in the background. It is yet another London CIDP that I haven't even posted before yet. These are not recent images either. This CIDP photo from Chumleigh Gardens is 5 years old now, so it will be much, much bigger, as will the Butia...

      11 Monmouth Road, London...

      These are in Richmond, southeast London...

      Butia Yatay, Richmond

      Butia hybrid? Central London...

      I can't remember what part of London this Butia is located in? I know I have seen someone post it on here before though, a few years back. 

      This one is in Wisley Gardens on the outskirts of southeast London...

      Strange planting in central London...
      Again these ones are just London so far. I've probably missed a bunch. I will upload the Jubaea's and Butia's from the rest of the UK soon, as well as any other London ones that I forgot. 
    • Collectorpalms
      By Collectorpalms
      Anyone having any luck with pure Butia in central Texas? Initially several of the largest in the area looked like they had some green in the center. However, now more than a month later they look worse. These experience around 5F. I must have had too much faith in their cold hardiness?
      Should they be trunk cut now that the green is fading? I am asking for someone who has 7 nice ones that is hesitating. Copper fungicide applied and last checked a couple weeks and only 1 spear pulled then.

    • Mr.SamuraiSword
      By Mr.SamuraiSword
      Was passing through Macon Georgia last week, and was surprised at some of the palms. Spent around an hour driving around. One place called AP's Hidden Hideaway Restaurant on 4275 Broadway Dr, had some tall Washingtonia Robusta, especially for interior GA.  Quite a bit of winter burn, 30 - 50% of fronds were fried, most fronds had some burn.

      Tallest ones here,

      Some of the worst burn on these,

      These three seemed more like filibusta. thicker trunks and all, and considerably less burn.

      Couple more, volunteer on the bottom right.

      In Washington Park in downtown Macon, were a couple very old Sabal Palmetto, I talked to a few people in a palm forum on FB and they said those palms were there and around the same size 1980s, so these were probably planted at least in the 1940s

      Love that Lolipop Look.

      Quite a few volunteers in the park, two of which were adult palms.

      Across the street from this park, was another large volunteer, growing in a sidewalk.  Shows how long the old ones have been there.

      Quite a few other interesting palms around town, the Hideaway also had quite a few Chinese Fan palms, mixed in with pindos and Washys.

      Plenty of nice pindos around too.

      Nice one in Downtown

      Plenty of other great sabals around too.

      Lots of nice Trachycarpus around, but only got to take photos of these two big ones.

      Young Washingtonia in downtown, looking great.

      Small Chinese Fan in downtown,

      The Hideaway had tons of large Sago Cycads too, total of over 40 sagos at least.

      One even naturalizing. 

      Speaking of volunteers, the downtown region had plenty of sabal volunteers, clearly palms have been present for quite some time.

      More Sagos around town, plenty of big ones.

      Keep in mind I only looked around for about an hour, so this is only the tip of the palm iceburg in Macon

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