I've been having an e-conversation with @JubaeaMan138 about Attaleas - I have three species - and he asked me to post photos of them. All of these palms will eventually trunk but I may not live to see that. They are surprisingly slow growing even during my long, sweltering summers. They are fairly cold sensitive but as long as their growing points remain below ground they should suffer only cosmetic damage during winter. I wish this genus was more popular with palm lovers but understand most species get quite large for small yards.
1) Attalea butyracea - I have 2 of these and this is the smaller/younger one on my Garden Lot. The petioles have a speckled "mealybug" look
Attalea cohune - I was given this by a palm lover who had no room to plant it
Went on a business trip to a very nice place near Sao Paulo, Brazil. Some seeds made it back home, maybe you can help me ID the species:
The first one should be an Acrocomia. But maybe not aculeata. Not so spiny, no spines on the stems, and the seedlings without spines.
The second one is an Attalea. quite big seeds.
more photos soon
I've accumulated a few seedlings over the web all sold to me as Dypsis leptocheilos. About half have heels, the other half don't. Riffle says it's a tillering palm, Palmpedia says it may or may not have a heel. I find it hard to believe that within one species, the palm may or may not tiller, intuitively it seems like a yes or no thing. Dypsis in general is not a great fit for my zone 9 TX climate so I don't know much about them. What do you D. lepto growers think?
By Brian F. Austin
When I looked at my 5 gal Sabal X Brazoriensis I noticed the small heel protruding from the soil. I didn't know too much about heels, but thought it was best to NOT prune it. But I'm not sure as far as transplanting goes... should the heel be left a certain distance above the soil level? I read to keep the top third of the heel above ground from palmpedia, but how do I even determine the top third without removing the soil around the roots?
I'm new to growing palms and any general tips for transplanting would be greatly appreciated. Like mounding and basins and such.
here's some links I was looking at: http://w3.biosci.utexas.edu/prc/Sabal/saxophone.html