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Eric in Orlando

Also a couple non palms. A nice double trunked Ravenala madagascariensis that has stayed short and a Bayur Tree, Pterospermum acerifolium.

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Mr. Coconut Palm
On 12/6/2021 at 10:25 AM, Fishinsteeg234 said:

I just came across this brand new planting of three Archontophoenix in the Windermere area of Orlando, off of cr-535 in front of the Summer Port neighborhood. Hope these fare well this upcoming winter. What do you think about the timing of this planting, going into winter? 

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Utter STUPIDITY Planting Tropicals in the Fall or Winter!!!  Even as far south as Palm Beach, palms like these should only be planted in the Spring and Summer, in order to give them as much time as possible in warm weather to get established, and in the case of Florida, to take advantage of the Rainy Season to help with watering.

John

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Mr. Coconut Palm
On 1/3/2022 at 3:05 PM, Eric in Orlando said:

Here is a update from today of the 2 Coconuts growing at smashburger across from Fashion Square Mall near downtown Orlando.

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WHY Won't they leave the coconuts on the palms to fully develop and ripen???  It's not like they have to worry about nuts falling from 75 ft. up in the air from these Green Malayans that have probably just about reached the maximum height they will get to be in the Orlando area anyway.

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Gottagrowemall

These are royals in ormond beach, Halifax plantation. Gorgeous healthy specimens. Took these pictures about 3 weeks ago. 

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pj_orlando_z9b

Mid Jan update from Belle Isle. You can start to see it over the roof line from my front yard.

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Fishinsteeg234

Between work stops this morning, I took a walk around Lake Davis Park DT orlando and saw a few nice specimens right on the lake edge, and on properties overlooking the lake. Beccariophoenix alfredii, Ravenala madagascariensis, rainbow Eucalyptus, heliconias, Archontophoenix, Hyophorbe lagenicaulis, mature Wodyetia bifurcata, and a few Roystonea regia peeking from the backyards. Definitely a warmer pocket within the city. 

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Mr. Coconut Palm
13 hours ago, pj_orlando_z9b said:

Mid Jan update from Belle Isle. You can start to see it over the roof line from my front yard.

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WOW!!!  GORGEOUS!!!  i wish mine would look even close to that good.

John

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Mr. Coconut Palm
7 minutes ago, Fishinsteeg234 said:

Between work stops this morning, I took a walk around Lake Davis Park DT orlando and saw a few nice specimens right on the lake edge, and on properties overlooking the lake. Beccariophoenix alfredii, Ravenala madagascariensis, rainbow Eucalyptus, heliconias, Archontophoenix, Hyophorbe lagenicaulis, mature Wodyetia bifurcata, and a few Roystonea regia peeking from the backyards. Definitely a warmer pocket within the city. 

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Nice, but there should be some mature Jamaican Talls, and mature Panama Talls with nuts on them around there, and some decent sized Green Malayan Dwarfs with nuts on them too. It seems like a perfect area in Central Florida to grow these 3 varieties of Coconut Palms!!!

John

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Eric in Orlando
4 hours ago, Fishinsteeg234 said:

Between work stops this morning, I took a walk around Lake Davis Park DT orlando and saw a few nice specimens right on the lake edge, and on properties overlooking the lake. Beccariophoenix alfredii, Ravenala madagascariensis, rainbow Eucalyptus, heliconias, Archontophoenix, Hyophorbe lagenicaulis, mature Wodyetia bifurcata, and a few Roystonea regia peeking from the backyards. Definitely a warmer pocket within the city. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1029 N Lake Davis Dr. are 2 tall Wodyetia in front of a big white house. Those are the 2 oldest Wodyetia in the Orlando area that I know of, planted around 1992-93. They survived the 1995-96 freeze. They grew fast but now have remained around this height for the last 15 years or so.

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pj_orlando_z9b

Large majesty on Ventura golf course

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Matthew92
5 hours ago, Fishinsteeg234 said:

Between work stops this morning, I took a walk around Lake Davis Park DT orlando and saw a few nice specimens right on the lake edge, and on properties overlooking the lake. Beccariophoenix alfredii, Ravenala madagascariensis, rainbow Eucalyptus, heliconias, Archontophoenix, Hyophorbe lagenicaulis, mature Wodyetia bifurcata, and a few Roystonea regia peeking from the backyards. Definitely a warmer pocket within the city. 

I think I drove on that same street when I was living in Orlando and I remember that huge queen in the 2nd to last picture. Maybe the largest and healthiest I saw in Orlando. Absolutely spectacular. About the same crown width as a full grown royal. When they have ample water and fertilizer, IMO they can rival the beauty of the foxtails and royals.

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Gottagrowemall
On 1/20/2022 at 10:10 PM, pj_orlando_z9b said:

Mid Jan update from Belle Isle. You can start to see it over the roof line from my front yard.

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Are you doing any protection this weekend into Monday? I have a couple smaller ones and the low ranges from 35-40 depending on which forecast I look at. I don’t think I’m going to cover them. 

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bubba

John,

In one word:

Hurricanes!

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Mr. Coconut Palm
22 hours ago, pj_orlando_z9b said:

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Very nice.  From a little distance, it is so easy to mistake these for Coconut Palms, even to the trained eye like mine.

John

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Mr. Coconut Palm
9 hours ago, Gottagrowemall said:

Are you doing any protection this weekend into Monday? I have a couple smaller ones and the low ranges from 35-40 depending on which forecast I look at. I don’t think I’m going to cover them. 

It's a good idea to expose in ground Coconut Palms to some nights unprotected down to 31F or 32F, and ones in pots at least 2 or 3 times to temps of 34F to 37F prior to planting them in the ground, in order to strengthen them up.

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pj_orlando_z9b
9 hours ago, Gottagrowemall said:

Are you doing any protection this weekend into Monday? I have a couple smaller ones and the low ranges from 35-40 depending on which forecast I look at. I don’t think I’m going to cover them. 

I do not do anything special. Last year, I had about 6 or 7 nights in the 35-40 range and only saw lower fronds brown out.  Only one night this year has been below 40 and that was a brief drop to 39. I do keep my C7 Christmas lights wrapped around the trunk through mid Feb. You can see them in the pic if you zoom in. I run them 24/7 in weather like this.

Soil temp right now is 60.

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Gottagrowemall
23 hours ago, Mr. Coconut Palm said:

It's a good idea to expose in ground Coconut Palms to some nights unprotected down to 31F or 32F, and ones in pots at least 2 or 3 times to temps of 34F to 37F prior to planting them in the ground, in order to strengthen them up.

John

They seemed completely unfazed from 39 degree nights. My Christmas palms have more yellowing than my coconuts after these lows. I didn’t read this until after I covered them up though. Just a light covering.39DDF9D8-CAFD-414B-A625-4F69AB68B0EE.thumb.jpeg.3c123be6725093d0b7d187cea55eb458.jpeg

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pj_orlando_z9b

I had a coconut pop and all the water poured out. Curious...is this from contracting in cold weather or normal for some coconuts in any type of weather? I just never observed it before and was curious. 

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Mr. Coconut Palm
On 1/22/2022 at 9:07 AM, bubba said:

John,

In one word:

Hurricanes!

I still think it's a shame that they are trimmed to begin with, but over trimming is inexcusable.  I think if anyone is ever worried about falling coconuts, just post signs saying, "Beware of falling coconuts!" for people to use a little common sense around them.

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Mr. Coconut Palm
On 1/24/2022 at 2:36 PM, pj_orlando_z9b said:

I had a coconut pop and all the water poured out. Curious...is this from contracting in cold weather or normal for some coconuts in any type of weather? I just never observed it before and was curious. 

Good question.  I have had the unhusked store bought hairy nuts crack open when I have tried to sprout them over the last 20 years.

John

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Eric in Orlando

I was at Epcot over the weekend. They have been rehabbing the old Universe of Energy into a Guardians of the Galaxy ride. A lot of it is still fenced up but some new landscaping has went in and a Satakentia liukiensis is visible behnd the fence. They have planted a lot of Wodyetia and Polyalthia longifolia.

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bubba

Much of these palms are hard to kill even if you were trying in central Florida!

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kinzyjr
8 hours ago, bubba said:

Much of these palms are hard to kill even if you were trying in central Florida!

Those of us who live in inland Central Florida wish this was an accurate description of the growing experience in Central Florida as a whole. :)

Depending on what you consider Central Florida, there are actually wide areas where Adonidia merrillii, Roystonea regia, Satakentia liukiuensis, and Wodyetia bifurcata don't do very well.  Just drive out of Orlando on FL-50 west and you'll notice that the amount of damage and/or survival of more tender palms changes pretty dramatically.

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pj_orlando_z9b
6 hours ago, kinzyjr said:

Those of us who live in inland Central Florida wish this was an accurate description of the growing experience in Central Florida as a whole. :)

Depending on what you consider Central Florida, there are actually wide areas where Adonidia merrillii, Roystonea regia, Satakentia liukiuensis, and Wodyetia bifurcata don't do very well.  Just drive out of Orlando on FL-50 west and you'll notice that the amount of damage and/or survival of more tender palms changes pretty dramatically.

There are areas on Goldenrod just east of the city on Route 50 where Adonidia have large amounts of burn. 

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kinzyjr
15 hours ago, pj_orlando_z9b said:

There are areas on Goldenrod just east of the city on Route 50 where Adonidia have large amounts of burn. 

I imagine this holds true and possibly gets worse as you head toward Bithlo and Christmas?

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pj_orlando_z9b
On 3/29/2022 at 4:34 PM, kinzyjr said:

I imagine this holds true and possibly gets worse as you head toward Bithlo and Christmas?

Most areas east of 417 had 20s when I checked wunderground sites. Away from water and those swamps drain the cold air. 

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pj_orlando_z9b

Caught a nice sized coconut in the Pineloch area near SoDo.  Didn't look too beat up from winter. This Google photo is dated 2022 so must be recent. 

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pj_orlando_z9b

Went boating on the Conway chain of lakes today. I must have counted at least 24 coconuts along the shore, about 6 with trunks of 10ft+. If we can string a few warmer winters together, Belle Isle will be looking tropical.

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Eric in Orlando

A couple of Coconut plantings I have been watching for a couple of years now.

This first one is in Winter Garden, the house backs up to the West Orange Trail at the Winter Garden station a couple blocks east of downtown. The one palm is holding a good amount of coconuts.

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Eric in Orlando

These are growing in Oakland along Oakland Ave.

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