Sabal Palmetto has been in the ground since May 17th and it's already pushed out 1 strap leaf but working on another which looks different to me so maybe its going palmate? regardless it's cool it pushing out 2 leaves still in recovery mode!
I planted this windmill palm in my yard about 5 months ago. It was looking fantastic up until about two weeks ago. Then the lower fronds started to droop. Then the centers of all of the fronds started to yellow a bit and now I'm noticing the individual blades are folded in half. I live in Raleigh, NC where these palms are prolific. It's planted in a mostly sunny area that doesn't drain very well so I mounded it up when I planted it. But because it doesn't drain well and the area stays fairly moist, I haven't given it any supplemental water and it's been hot and dry for weeks. Could this be drought stress? I thought it could also be a fungus so I sprayed it with copper fungicide, just in case. Anyone have thoughts to share?
I didn't really plan ahead and planted a windmill palm under a power line a few years ago. It is about a foot or 2 to the left of it. The top power line is about 15 ft high maybe and the line under it about 12 ft high. According the web it says it normally grows to only about 8-10ft in the cooler growing zones 6 and 7. I am in Tennessee, and some sites list my area as zone 6b, other sites say I am in zone 7a. Most of our winters are above zero.
But it's absolute max height is like 30 or 40ft if it is in really ideal conditions. It says it commonly reaches 10-20ft in landscape uses, however. It is in I would say partial or full shade. I know it's probably really unlikely to get past 10ft. Has it ever gone past 10ft in a cooler zone, or should I just not take any chances and move it? I know it probably wouldn't like to be dug up and also it has been established for so long and handles winters much better than it's first winter in which it defoliated but every winter after that it has kept it's lush green leaves.
It seems really happy their and puts out several leaves a year. It seems to love our abundant rains. It, however, doesn't seem to grow very fast trunk wise. Maybe it grew about an inch or two of trunk over 3 years and 10 or so leaves.
Season’s greetings, fellow palm enthusiasts. I have been trolling palmtalk for years, and I have a healthy obsession with tropicals/subtropicals. I currently have a Trachy that’s been in the ground since the spring of 2017. It sits on the south end of an east facing wall and the houses in my neighborhood are fairly close together and my yard is fenced in, so I’d say I gain a half a zone in hardiness due to site planting. It was protected minimally the winters of 2017/18 and 2018/19. The first winter this little lady was only 2-3ft tall tops, so I built makeshift protection with clear painter’s plastic floor protecter and tall 2”x2” wood (think of a teepee). I made sure the fronds didn’t touch the plastic, so as not to burn) and placed old school Christmas lights around the base of the palm. The lights and protection did the trick and kept the palm about 10-15 degrees higher (I’m also a meteorology nut so I have a weather station with a temp gauge I placed against the palm). She came through pretty well given our coldest low of 1 degree F (2017/18 was my areas’ coldest winter in many years). The spear pulled next spring but I used hydrogen peroxide a few times over the course of a week or two and she bounced back and flourished. Winter of 2018/19 I merely wrapped the trunk with the same strand of lights and she was fine (still had spear pull and had to use hydrogen peroxide spring of 2019). Last winter I didn’t even put on any lights or place a protection around her, but last winter was quite mild (fingers crossed we have the same). This spring I did have a spear pull but again, I used the H2O2 and once I noticed new growth I fertilized, yielding exponential growth.
At this point I know I want to have this palm for the long term (I rent and didn’t think it would perform so well) and I would like a healthy plant to transplant to my next home or to my sisters just south of Birmingham, AL z8a. I have more C7 lights and am ready to wrap the trunk, but I noticed in the past that the heat burned holes through the fronds or browned the trunk a bit on the fibrous hairs. Is that ok? Should I tie up the crown? Is the palm large enough that enough hardiness has been achieved that I should just let her be? I’m all ears and and would love any advice I can get.
Thanks in advance!
side note: if any of you have been around the online palm community since 2000 or so, I was just 14 back then - asking questions on multiple message boards (I quit for lack of believability that I was my age and the haters that thought I was some dirty POS), growing seedlings in my parents basement, and making my family stop at nurseries on road trips to Florida to see what would grow in SW MI not far from Lake MI (I did have some success with a needle palm). I now am Master Gardener, do landscape design, and hope to one day have a yard that all my neighbors either love or hate lol.
By Bill Nanaimo
These are flowers on my dads windmill palm , I'm guessing this means it's a male ?