As a fellow palm enthusiast, I’d often day dream of owning land and designing a nursery. For the past few years, I’ve scoured multiple reality websites, searching for the perfect plot. We found one and offered full price for a little over 12 acres and the owner accepted. This property was beautiful and was once a running nursery (perfect for me!). A few days went by after putting deposit down, when the realtor called me saying that the owner got cold feet and backed out of the deal. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed. Many nights I spent plotting and scheming the lay of the land and what to do with it, just for them to pull the rug from under me.
Flash forward to now, a year and some change later.
My wife and I fianlly closed on 9.06 acres, about 4 minutes from our house. It was a blessing in disguise when the other property didn’t work out, as it was in a very rural area with little development, while the newly acquired land is in the in the middle what feels like Sim City with unlimited funds. The property is fully fenced with a 4” well, pole barn and an insulated shed. The land is majorly covered by large water oaks with a few pockets of cleared land. We recently had about 3/4 acre cleared to start planting clumping bamboo and palms (potted and in ground).
Development of the nursery is going to take some time, as my wife and I both work full time jobs. But, with the property so close to the house, I’m out there every day.
So, here’s to the start of our dream nursery and the progress along the way.
Why are Sabal palmetto not shown as native to the Myrtle Beach area? Is it because there isn't that many wetlands there like in the southern coastal portion of SC? But you would still think that they would hug the coast line tightly. I have been to the area many times and I remember seeing them out in the woods by a swamp (one of the moments that sparked my palm interest) but I don't know if they were naturalized or not, but it was by a gas station, not hotels or anything like that. What is up with this?
The reason why I am posting this is because Myrtle Beach only has a sliver of the Sabal palmetto range, it extends about 1 - 4 miles in from the shore. Here are some I pass while driving to the hotel we stay at in North Myrtle Beach, these are growing naturally on the edge of the woods and you can see some planted Washingtonia robusta closer to the road.
On Galle Road, I like stopping and visiting; some palms are growing nicely.
I love these variegated and yellow Crinum, but it's difficult to keep them for few years .
So where do you guys buy your pots from? I'm looking for some of those small, yet deep/tall pots that I can grow seedlings in. Preferably from a site that doesn't require you to buy a whole pallet full of pots.