I collect rare specimens of the variable Sabal minor, esp. those that are dwarfs or uber dwarfs. I got many of those from Plant Delights Nursery, which offers Sabal palms sporadically, sometimes as one-off sales. When they have one I want, I know to order quickly because it may never be offered again. Such is the case for two different Sabal minors I pounced upon nearly two years ago and haven't seen since. I have them in my garden lot where they have gone pinnate. Today I took photos of them. They are quite distinct.
Sabal minor 'Welfare', Texas aka the "Poor Scrub" palmetto
This palm occurs as a population in grasslands near the ghost town of Welfare in Kendall County, TX. Some plants will grow trunks up to 8' tall. The juvenile I have is approx. 2' tall x 2' wide. Check out the link to PDN below:
Sabal minor 'High Springs', FL
This dwarf Sabal minor comes from the town of High Springs in Alachua County, FL. It is distinctive for being very short, 2' tall, and wide, 4' wide. Leaf pinnae are notably narrow. Flower stalks reach 7' tall.
See link to PDN catalog below:
I have several Musa Basjoo banana plants (along with several of the cold hardier palm tree varieties) already planted around my pool. I am looking for some other ornamental banana plans that I could overwinter in the ground with just large leaf pile coverage in zone 7a (north of Wash DC). I have seen more and less optimistic claims on line about several Musa varieties with M. Sikkimensis and M. Mekong Giant seeming to be the more hardy, and very conflicting claims about ensete glaucum (snow banana). Has anyone grown bananas other than M. Basjoo in this (or colder) region with overwintering in the ground? (I'm also looking for other large leaf tropical looking plants that can overwinter in the ground. I am trying for the first time Colocasia, Pink China.)
I found a gorgeous little baby at a specialty greenhouse near me. Should I transplant since her little roots are poking through?
By The Steve
I’ve been growing these up for a few years now, and I was wondering how much longer before I can start to spot the true lisas. I’m thinking that I’ll need to pot them up to one gallons. Thoughts?