By Zach K
This summer I recently acquired a little Travelers Palm (Ravenala Madagascariensis) that was shipped from Claxton, GA all the way over to me in Portland, OR (8b). (I find Etsy to be a great website for ordering tropical plants) From July, up until now (December 24th) This plant has grown surprisingly well! I potted it in well draining soil and made sure to water carefully, also making sure to maintain a somewhat humid environment. At around mid to the end of September, I brought the plant to my office so it could stay there overwinter. The temperature in the office is constantly 70-72°F and with the luxury of a giant south facing window, the temperature in direct sunlight can heat up to about 80°F. I make sure to mist the plant daily and sometimes even twice if its REALLY dry in the office. It's winter so i'm not fertilizing it however come summer time I plan to start slowly feeding it. To my surprise it is slowly growing, even in the office. I love these plants because it reminds me of my trips to Hawaii.
Summer time I plan to take it home, hopefully find a slightly larger pot and place it in the ground. I think it would be strange yet ultimately really cool to see a Live TP growing in the Pacific North West.
Is there anything I should be doing differently? Better? Suggestions?
If you have a TP that is growing indoors, post a picture or two and share how its flourishing in your home!
This is what it looked like^ in July 2019 on my backyard deck when I first received it. A little yellow but in no time it grew out a new leaf, and began to turn green.
Here is what it looks like^ as of today December 24, 2019 in my office. (Note the unfurling leaf - yay!)
If you were wondering why it is on the ground, its just for photos. It lives on my desk all day next to my other plants.
Diameter of the pot is 6.5 inches.
By Ann Louise
I'm a newbie here so please be forgiving. I recently purchased a Cabbage Palm as an anniversary gift for my husband. We live in the northern part of Middle Tennessee (zone 7A) so for now, we are keeping the 4-foot tall palm in a very large exterior-glazed terracotta pot. I have a greenhouse where we will overwinter the tree. We would like to eventually put it in the ground but I don't know if that's going to be possible here. I haven't been able to find any information about potted cabbage palms. If anyone has any advice whatsoever, please feel free to pass it along.
I have passed by a pair of potted palms many times on my campus at Cleveland State University, and I've always wondered what they are. My guess is Adonidia merrillii, but I'm not 100% sure.Any guesses?
I haven't posted this topic for the past 18 months, mainly because I was bummed after I lost two of my 5 Chamaedorea tuerckheimii after I repotted them. It would be tempting to leave them in their pots forever but the potting mix eventually breaks down and causes major problems. Even though I was careful as possible, two of my medium palms developed damping-off-like infections that were ultimately fatal. This palm is notoriously tricky to grow and exists in one of two states: healthy or dead. I'm amazed I still have my largest Cham tuerck, purchased from Dale Holton in 2011. What is the secret to growing them? I truly don't know but have a few thoughts.
First, I keep them in pots, not in the ground. My alkaline calcareous soil is dreadful and I don't dare risk planting such expensive palms. I also don't know if nematodes are a problem here. Second, I keep them outdoors year round (I don't keep houseplants at all) on plastic shelf units deep under canopy in my jungle - deep shade, little to no sun. They love high humidity and warmth but are not fond of FL's hot summer days and sweltering nights. But deep under canopy in my jungle, temps can be 10-15 degrees cooler than ambient temps. Now that cooler weather is here they will be much happier and less stressed as long as I make sure the irrigation waters them. The downside is they are out of sight and not on display as eye candy but I am willing to make that tradeoff. I check on them every week or so but otherwise leave them alone. I believe fussing and fretting over them would cause more harm than good.
Otherwise, I give them full checkups every spring and fall. Today I showered them, trimmed their leaves. flushed their pots with distilled water to wash away accumulated salts, drenched soil with imidacloprid insecticide, fertilized them with time release pellets and sprayed them for spider mites (alternately with Ardent or Floramite). Cham tuercks are spider mite magnets and typical insecticides don't kill mites. This summer has been particularly intense and they show a bit of stress.
Then I took the following photos. Since I lost 2 of my 5 palms 18 months ago, I have managed to obtain small ones from Floribunda and Scott Cohen. I also managed to germinate 6 of 10 seeds I got from RPS. Now if I can get them all to survive. Growing this palm is a marathon, not a sprint.
Chamaedorea tuerckheimii, Cape Coral, FL, Fall 2018
What could be causing this streaking in the new growth of my young Kentia Palms? They’re in a front of huge windows but there are large overhangs so they get very little direct light.
They recently had the beginning of a scale problem but that seemed to be mitigated with neem oil. Now I’m worried I might lose all of them. Any help or experience with this would be greatly appreciated.