Hey all. Haven't made a post of my own in a while, so I thought I'd share some of my potted palms that I keep on my patio here in zone 10A in southern FL. PLEASE disregard the somewhat messy patio at the moment. Thank you! its a work in progress!
In April of 2021 we had to move from our place which was on Maximo Point, the southern most tip of mainland Pinellas county. There, we were about a mile out into Tampa Bay on a small, less than 1/4 mile wide strip of land that ran along I-275 leading up to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. We moved about 2 miles away to an Island in Tampa bay that is probably a bit smaller than Key West, called Coquina Key. In front of the new place is a fairly big salt / brackish lake, and behind me is a large body of water called Big Bayou. Once again we are still surrounded by water in very close proximity. The Patio faces South / Southeast and gets full sun in summer until about 3-4Pm. Winter we will get it at a lower angle, and for most of the day, keeping us warm. The building will protect us from the chilly NW winds from "cold fronts" that occasionally come through during "winter" lol. Its really more like "wet season (summer) and Dry Season (winter) here as the winter temps, while cool at times, are still nothing really close to actual "winter temps"
In these photos there is nothing rare or particularly spectacular, but they are all palms that I love. Dypsis Lutescens, Adonidia Merrillii, Phoenix Roebelenii, Chamaedora Cataractum.
First two pics are of my whole patio on the 4th of July 2021. Second of the first two is my newly (at the time) repotted Pigmy Date Palm. (Phoenix Roebelenii) It now has several feet of trunk. It was purchased in early 2018 and had one very small one, and the main trunk which at that time had about 4-6" of "trunk". It was much shorter. I removed the very small one to allow the bigger one to have the pot all to itself and so far its flourished.
The rest of these photos below were taken today, 8/11/2021.
Below: some large Dypsis Lutescens in "half" whiskey barrels. They were pretty large when I got them in late 2017/ early 2018, but had no clear trunk.
Now there are lots of clear trunks on them
Below: Adonidia Merrillii. Purchased in mid 2018 for $25.00, it was fairly small and trunkless. It has done fantastic in this pot since, and will be getting an upgrade this year.
Below: Phoenix Roebelenii.
The following 3 photos below are my water HOGS, Chamaedorea Cataractum. They were fairly small when I got them 2 years ago for $10 each. They have grown great,
and are now loaded with seeds. These things are WATER HOGS. I have to water then daily if it doesn't rain, sometimes twice daily each, and they need to be
DRENCHED / FLOODED each time. They are much happier on this patio as its less windy. It is still pretty darn windy here, but no nearly as strong / ongoing for hours on end
as it was at the old place.
As you may have gathered from some of my previous posts, I have a research interest in growing breadfruit outside of its prescribed hardiness zones. I'd like to invite anyone currently growing breadfruit in Florida to fill out a brief survey. This is 100% for academic purposes only and the consent form, which you'll have to scroll through before getting into the survey, explains some of the goals and confidentiality arrangements for the survey itself, as well as for any research publications that might result.
You can access the survey here: https://snap.coastal.edu/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=162367429984
Please share the link far and wide. I'm interested in getting as much good feedback as possible. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Coastal Carolina University
By Yunder Wækraus
At minute 13:43 there appears to be the fallen fronds of a royal palm. I saw nothing like that throughout the gentleman’s walk through the swamp until that point. Does anyone have any idea where this might be?
Cyrtostachys renda, the Red Sealing Wax Palm (also known as the Lipstick Palm) , has the well-deserved reputation of not being able to grow 'en la tierra' in Southern Florida. Notoriously cold-sensitive,
It can 'brown off' at 40 degrees F. Attached photograph shows a 10-year old plant doing quite well on Miami Beach. It has a western and southern exposure and is shielded from the north. There are two 'tall' trunks , reaching 10 feet (highest point). The palm has managed 46 degrees F with no damage. On the same evening, temperatures 1-2 miles inland (Coral Gables) were 42 degrees. South Florida has had a long streak (?15+ years) of mild winters. I can testify to knowing of fruiting breadfruit trees 25 feet high a mile from Biscayne Bay (something unthinkable 30 years ago), anecdotal evidence of climate change. Are other enthusiasts having success with the stunning Red Sealing Wax palm in Miami and environs? Just curious.
I know I pretty back to back, but I just trimmed my coonties because I think scale is starting to die back from a months long battle with the pests. I sprayed neem and scale specific oils for a month, daily. The plant was still healthy and a hard cortex gave me some hope for a bounce back. I picked scale from the cortex with my girlfriend. I hope you can give me advice on if the scale will die back and leave totally with continued treatment, plus ground coffee. I know its not proven but why not try. Will the flush come back ? Did I do a dumb thing?