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Eric in Orlando

Jubaeopsis caffra in Central Florida

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Eric in Orlando

Who  in Florida is growing Jubaeopsis caffra? Here are a couple growing well at Leu Gardens.

This specimen was planted in Dec. 2009. It is growing in partial shade, gets sun most of the day except early morning and early evening. It has just started to split.

 

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Eric in Orlando

This one was planted in Aug. 2010, it grows in full sun.

 

 

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PalmatierMeg

Those are beautiful. I’d heard this species was impossible in FL. I’m 2-3 hours south of you so I wouldn’t risk it here.

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NatureGirl

I don't know how you do it Eric. You've got the touch! And that includes a lot of other palms at Leu! First pic resembles an Allagoptera somewhat, but doubt they're related.

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Eric in Orlando

It has been a tricky palm. We have tried others with no luck. Its one of those palms that you just happen to find the right spot. Growing Dypsis decipiens in FL is very similar.

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TexasColdHardyPalms

@NatureGirl they are in the cocoseae tribe along with jubaea, butia, allagoptera,  syagrus cocos, etc. In person mature plants look like a hybrid between a coconut and allagoptera arenaria. 

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Eric in Orlando
8 hours ago, TexasColdHardyPalms said:

@NatureGirl they are in the cocoseae tribe along with jubaea, butia, allagoptera,  syagrus cocos, etc. In person mature plants look like a hybrid between a coconut and allagoptera arenaria. 

...with some Raphia mixed in too! (though Raphia isn't a Cocoeae)

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The Steve

A few years back I gave some seeds (from the palm in Pacific Beach, at the Catamaran Resort) to Zeeth and Sarasota Alex, and I believe that they both had/have seedlings growing.  I have a few from the same batch, that have thrown 3-4 leaves, each.  Probably germinated them 3 years ago,  I’ve had good luck with a peat mix, that’s heavier on the perlite, with a layer of peat on top.  Maybe like 25% germination rate.  As remote germinators, they dug down to the light perlite mix that was left at the bottom of the pot.  I’ve had good luck with fast soils.  But, I have a 24” tall plant, with a trunk the size of a baseball, too, that’s grown in fairly heavy clay soil, with water once every two weeks, and it does fine - so there seems to be some adaptability, to different soils.  That one has been growing, for 4 years from a one gallon.

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edbrown_III

Here's one I have been groiwng in Jax --- collected the seeds in 1986 in habitat -----  went back in 1991 and colllected some more ------ I originally had about 12 plants and gave them to friends , enemies etc. they all died but this one ------ 32 years old from seed but I got it up against the house and cover etc. I tried to root 2 of the trunks but failed so I have one large single trunk --------4x4 posts surround the area so I can cover now that it is getting pretty tall -----   Camera was on its way out so photos are a bit sketchy 

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Eric in Orlando

Ed, thats a nice specimen!

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edbrown_III

much obliged 

 

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palmtodd

hey edbrown, has your tree seen frost on the leaves, and does it burn the leaves or is this palm able to resist a light frost?

i have one with like 3' long leaves growing in ground in part shade and is doing pretty good. but if it is semi frost hardy I may want to dig and move it to a sunnier spot. 
 


 

 

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