On one corner of my garden lot I have a clumping Caryota, i.e., fishtail palm, that has its tallest stem (15') producing seeds. I bought the palm as a clearance plant at a local BB store. All the label said was "fishtail." I planted in the corner to block the view of a nearby stoplight and part of a walled electrical substation to the southwest. Along with dwarf buddha belly bamboo on each side, this palm does its job admirably.
Obviously it is not one of the monster Caryotas. Can anyone tell me what species it is? See photos below
Caryota sp ???
No tags on this Dypsis I saw at the San Diego Zoo. Anyone have any illuminating ideas on ID? Alliteration always has an alluring appeal!
Howdy, and happy new year.
Seems like I rot my Dypsis seeds, thoughts on how to germinate?
Thanks a heap for suggestions!
My year-old Pritchardia pacifica seedling died out last week, spear pull and all, I don’t know why, but tropicals are always fussy for me. But I pulled it out of its pot this afternoon and this was the result:
I later dumped the remainder of the soil out of the pot to reuse it and (to my surprise) the seed + a ridiculously strong tap root appeared with a peculiar white offshoot.
Here it is after I potted it back up, you can see the rotted section next to it:
I’ve had a Sabal minor stall out and die to the ground before coming back months later, but the new growth was out of the original growing point. I’ve never seen this before. You’d think the year+ old seed would’ve used all of its energy by now, but I guess there’s still gas in the tank. I hope it makes it through the winter.
I was walking around the garden this morning and noticed my Dypsis ambositrae was flowering. Looks like its not going to set seed but hopefully next time it will. I'm not aware of any others flowering in CA but I'm sure someone's has.