By Kevin S
I am excited as finally this year my triangle palm is going to flower for the first time.
My wife entered a raffle at our local YMCA and won a pair of almost identical 1 gallon Dypsis decaryi a couple of years back. I decided to plant one in my new garden's front yard, with aloes, cycads and other plants which would appreciate westerly exposure and late afternoon sunlight. The other one I held onto in a pot a little longer before planting where I had extracted my Encephalartos horridus x woodii, which I wanted to transplant to my new home. The spot in the older garden gets some shade now from more mature palms near it. While it gets mid-day sun in mid-summer in the old garden, its basically filtered shade most of the rest of the year and other times of day.
Now for the comparison in plants below.... pretty amazing. I can blame a little on the delayed planting as well as a difference in soil (clay in Carlsbad, sandy in Leucadia). So the lesson is that if you want a beefy triangle, give it sun. If you like the anorexic look, go with shade.