By piping plovers
Anyone know long it takes for this palm to advance from what I would consider the juvenile puckered & cupped leaf phase? Curious to know how long it will take until the new leaves take on the circular flat appearance that makes this variety so attractive. This is probably 5 yrs old; I have owned it for 3 years. I’ve seen enough photos online of the immature phases and most seem to have the puckered, cupped distorted fan look, so I don’t think I have a mutant Sumawongii. Any thoughts on how many years to go? Photo below; my cattleya orchid was lonely and thinks it’s a palm now.
By Eric in Orlando
Licuala longipes or L. spinosa? It was acquired in 2004 at a South FL sale. Licuala longipes is supposed to be solitaire and trunkless. I have seen a couple others in FL also marked as L. longipes that look like this. Did some misidentified seed get distributed years ago? This is growing at Leu Gardens.
Today I was losing up the topsoil of my Licuala peltata var sumawongii and I think I found 4 separate spikes underneath the topsoil all white topped. Not sure whether I am right or something else growing there. They are hard to the touch. Anyone has experienced this?
The sun is still ferocious and days usually sweltering but north and east breezes carry a whiff of cooler, drier days on the horizon. Another 4-5 weeks and the rainy season spigot abruptly shuts off. I do most of my yard work in the fall, winter and early spring trying to catch up with growth in overdrive from summer. Yesterday I decided to make a photo update of my tropical container garden on the back lanai. Last month I did battle with a mealybug infestation on some of my Chamaedoreas using two spray bottles of insecticidal soap and imidicloprid drench. Yesterday I found scale starting to invade - more insecticidal soap. Come early Nov. I will proactively go after spider mites with one of my two miticides. Right now all my uber tropical potted palms are at their peak glory.
Among the palms featured below are two that have lost their tags and need an expert ID. Please help me find out who they are.
First Photo: a view of the length of the lanai looking east. I keep the birdcage covered with two layers of commercial grade shadecloth to protect the palms inside.
One palm in particular inspired this photo essay: Pinanga cochinchinensis. I've had a checkered history with Pinangas. I love them but so often they cling to life for me, then give up and die. I'm so delighted this handsome clumper has hung in and actually grew to about 6' tall. I recently moved it to a larger pot because the wind kept blowing it over.
Areca catechu Dwarf - This is my oldest surviving dwarf Areca and the only large one kept on the lanai. The rest stay outdoors.
Johannesteijsmannia altifrons - my larger of two. Both have done well for me. I have repotted them once with great trepidation because they are quite root sensitive but they took the disruption in stride. I've had no luck growing any of the other Joey species.
The genus Dypsis has scores of species. Many, but not all, prefer the mediterranean climate in CA, as opposed to the sweltering heat of FL. I am currently trying the following species in pots:
Dypsis mirabilis - I've had this colorful little palm for almost a year. It will go through its second winter here soon.
Dypsis psammophila - A slender, gracile clumper related to the larger commoner D. lutescens
Dypsis prestoniana - My tentative introduction to the large to huge species that often grow like snails and keel over when faced with the heat of the day and night
Got to take a break now. More photos soon. Thanks for looking.
By piping plovers
After repotting my Joey, it was time to repot the L. peltata var. sumawongii. I adopted these both in 2017. The sumawongii was starting to need water more frequently than once/week, was pushing a new spear, and showing roots at the pot’s drainage holes. Also, the sumawongii was likely getting jealous of its brother Joey’s new larger pot . As you will see in photos below, it has been 24 months since it was repotted. First photo dated 2017 and the remaining photos are June 2019 repotting time. At first I thought the new pot would be too big, but once the root ball was in the pot it seemed just right. There was enough room to add fresh media below the root ball and about an inch around the sides of the root ball. I continued with my potting mix ratio of 1/3 each of leca clay; orchid/bark commercial mix; peat/perlite commercial mix. I use a diluted houseplant fertilizer every other watering. The last photo is a month after repotting, pushing its largest leaf ever. So excited.