I'm looking to acquire a handful or so(whatever one may have to spare) of the following species of palm seeds. I'd be much obliged for your generosity.
!) misc Brahea Species
4 Adonidia merrillii
6) Sabal Species(Not Sabal minor)
Welp, the weather is warm and I’m finally going to tour my palms after this winter. This winter was very warm for Maryland Standards. The lowest temperature I can recall is 19°F. Which is good for my palms’ first winter to help acclimate them.
Still quarantining here in Cape Coral (It's Just Paradise), FL. And it's been a while since I posted any photos. I spent several weeks sewing masks and surgical caps for my son and daughter-in-law on the medical front lines as well as masks for my husband and me. It's also been hot and sweltering as well as drought stricken around here and because of that and that the monthly injection I give myself for chronic migraines ran out a week early, I was unable to spend much time outside. But..... We got a whopping 0.4" of rain this past week (the rest of the FL got 10x that) followed by one last gasp of cool, dry air and I was able to rectify my oversight and take some photos.
About a month ago someone on PT asked me to take updated photos of my Caribbean Garden in front of the house. Around 95% of the palms in this garden come from that part of the world. The few interlopers are grandfathered in because they were planted before I adopted a unifying theme for this part of the yard. The genus Coccothrinax forms the backdrop. Some of them were planted as far back as 2004 and have weathered multiple hurricanes and tropical storms. If I were forced to plant only one genus of palm, Coccos would be my choice. They are tough yet elegant and the sight of those starlike leaves swaying with the breeze can brighten anyone's soul.
Caribbean Garden Views, Cape Coral, FL, 2020
Hi everyone, I am an absolute noob and have not attempted at caring for a palm tree yet. I am in Ontario, Canada and take the family to Florida every few years. Each time we go my wife falls in love with the sabal palms down there. I would love to get one for the house, obviously keeping it outside in the warm months and caring for it indoors in the cooler months.
Is it possible to have a potted sabal palm, or would temps and the overall eventual size be an issue? I am open to other types that resemble the sabal if they would be more manageable.
Thanks and apologies if this is a dumb question. Look forward to spending time with you on this forum
seven years ago, I published a topic about the Botanical garden of the Charles University. The interior of the tropical greenhouse is full of rare and very old cycads (around 150 years) along with other plants.
The botanical garden itself was founded in 1775, the first greenhouse complex dates back to 1882! It was rebuild many times and severely damaged in 1945 during WW2 bombings. The greenhouses were rebuild in 1949 and renovated in 1996.
Why am I writing this?
One of the biggest trees you could find there was huge Sabal sp. - probably bermudana, which completely dominated the tropical part of the greenhouse. It was flowering and seeding periodically. It is hard to guess its age, maybe you could suggest something along with the species, but it was definitely pretty old fella.
These pictures were taken in July 2013
Unfortunately, in 2018 I found out that they cut it down completely, leaving only parts of its majestic trunk scattered around. It was a huge shock for me, since it was my favourite palm in the area, and I always admired how big it grew. I can see the reason behind this drastic procedure, it was probably lifting the roof of the greenhouse but still it is a shame, it was a legacy of past Czech and maybe even German botanists.
Remains of the trunk with seedlings
As I said before it was a seeding exemplar and even though they changed the substrate around the remains of the tree, I could notice small seedling coming up. My palm hunter instincts turned on and I started thinking how to save atleast few, to keep the offspring of this historical tree alive. I asked the greenhouse curator, if I could dig few up and he helped me out! I was kind of surprised he was so willing to help. (the other option would be a bit less legal haha ).
Few pictures of the babies, note that I was a bit sceptic about their survival, since they were not in a great state:
Fortunately my scepticism was wrong, and after two years I have 4 strong Sabal seedlings! They are my favourite plants partly because of the history behind them and I'm looking forward to see them grow.
Even though I called this thread a ballad, the ending is atleast somewhat happy. The memory of this Sabal with live on, and I am sure I'm not the only Czech palm lover who has few plants. The botanical garden has definitely some too.
Thank you for reading this far, if you have any suggestions about the tree age or species, feel free to comment!