Some of my palms that I’ve collected. Many of these are not going into the ground as they wouldn’t stand a chance haha. Theyre all a bit rough looking due to neglect and me being away.
This is a Chamaerops Humilis which I bought from a Maryland Lowe’s as a blue pot. It’s pretty big and I may try it outside but I’m not sure. It may not work out.
These were taken when I went to Myrtle Beach back in the end of August and beginning of September of 2018. I suspect they are Sabal palmetto, but the thin trunks make me think they are something else. This and all the following pictures were taken along North Ocean boulevard, not far from the famous Ferris wheel of Myrtle Beach. I was there literally right before the hurricane hit...I could see the clouds in the distance over the ocean as we drove to the airport!
This Sabal minor seedling has seemed to be in a slow decline for a long time now. First the spear turned brown and it stayed that way for like four months. In that time I have repotted it three times with different soil, watered it a lot less than when the spear first turned brown, and gave it lots of light. It just won't grow. The spear seemed to move up a few centimeters at one point, but that is all. Just today I noticed one of the strap leaves starting to shrivel up, which is something that I have seen in Sabal palmetto seedlings that I dug out of the ground in South Carolina due to transplant shock, although it has been more than a month since the last time I repotted it. All of the other Sabal minor seedlings I have are doing completely fine given the same conditions, they have the exact same soil, light, and get the same amount of water. Does anyone know what I could possibly do? Right now the only thing I have done was pour a tiny amount of 3% hydrogen peroxide down the spear every week or two to hopefully prevent more rot. I really don't want to lose this palm. In the picture, it is the palm in the very middle. Just watered, I gave it a little.
Way back in 2008 I germinated my first palm seeds, including the following species: causiarum, domingensis, palmetto, maritima & mauritiiformis. Sabals are among the easiest palm seeds to germinate and are perfect for beginning germinators. In spring of 2009 I had passels of seedlings and decided I should plant a representative sample of my efforts. At the time, we were in the midst of the Great Recession and Cape Coral had the 2nd highest foreclosure rate in the country and we were surrounded by vacant properties. The closest had been built in 2004 but never lived in. I decided I wanted to grow Sabals to eventually block our view of that abandoned property (which eventually sold in 2010 and is now occupied). So I created "Sabal Row", which is actually not on our property but the vacant lot to the east. Ten years later you can see how those 3-leaf seedlings have grown. Some of them are enormous and many, except for palmettos and mauritiiformis, flower every year. We cut down inflorescences like crazy every spring. One thing I've noticed is that S. palmetto is the smallest, slowest growing of the trunking Sabals I planted. The several in the row are almost petite by comparison to the giants next to them.
I originally had labels for them but those disappeared long ago. Except for the palmettos, I have no idea which is which. I've been told even my mauritiiformis isn't what I thought it was. If anyone here can tell them apart from these photos, have at it. But you can see that given the right conditions (heat, sun, water, regular fertilizer) Sabals in the ground are not as slow as most people think.
Overall photos of "Sabal Row"
South End: Sabal palmetto, left; Sabal ??, right. Both same age
My garden is outside of city heat island, about 30 km to the east from Zagreb at weekend house in rural area and the garden is one or two degrees Celsius colder than the city. There are not many palm species but few thrive and some strugle from year to year.
Trachycarpus princeps, geminisectus, ukhrulensis, princeps hybrid/new form, ‘Nova’ and all Chamaerops are pasive protected with heavy mulching with pine straws and for some species with some cover against snow and rain during winter.
Same garden under snow two winters ago
Here are included pictures from previus winters, January 2017 and February 2018.