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Ravenea julietiae Growth Spurt

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I am doing spring checkups on my back yard container garden and discovered my potted Ravenea julietiae has made a quantum leap of a growth spurt - at least for this species. This Ravenea from eastern Madagascar is rare and endangered. I tried planting a seedling in my jungle about 10 years ago. It never grew a lick and survived 2 years before succumbing. Next time I found a seedling I left it potted, where lingered and grew maybe 1 leaf per year. I made a decision to treat it like a Cham. tuerck., i.e., set it under deep canopy then left it to its own devices. Lo, it began grow more leaves and get larger. Today I finally repotted and took the following photos. This is such a neat palm that reminds me of a cycad more than a Ravenea. Slow but rewarding grower.

Ravenea julietieae, Cape Coral, FL

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quaman58

Great palm Meg! The best Ravenea hands down to grow, & one of the nicest looking as well.

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PalmatierMeg
8 minutes ago, quaman58 said:

Great palm Meg! The best Ravenea hands down to grow, & one of the nicest looking as well.

Thanks, Bret. Just wish it was a bit faster growing and I were a few decades younger.

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quaman58

Meg,

The nice thing is that as it gets waist high or so every frond gets 20% longer. So within 4-5 fronds you've now got a palm head high or better.

Bret

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joe_OC

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Here’s mine:

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redant

Seems very happy

 

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Tracy

Here in Southern California, I typically see about 3 leaves/year on mine.

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Brett in Mission Viejo

Super cool plant. I like the long petioles. Only 2 fronds per year for me. This one planted under a R. Glauca, so partially shaded. Maybe why t's a bit slower? Also takes ultra dry Santa Ana winds with no problems.

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JubaeaMan138

Were does one in so cal acquire one of these ?

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Palm Tree Jim
1 hour ago, Tracy said:

Here in Southern California, I typically see about 3 leaves/year on mine.

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This plant seems to grow well for us in Southern CA.

And it seems the growth rate is robust as well. Perhaps I need to consider one for my garden.

 

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quaman58
1 hour ago, JubaeaMan138 said:

Were does one in so cal acquire one of these ?

I've seen them regularly at Jungle Music. Should be easy to find as lots of them became available a few years back. I've never seen a bad one in anyone's garden. Tracey's & Brett's look killer.

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PalmatierMeg

They are pretty much impossible to find in FL, at least recently.

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The Steve

How do these compare to sambariensis?

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PalmatierMeg
10 hours ago, The Steve said:

How do these compare to sambariensis?

I'd like to know that, too.

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quaman58
10 hours ago, The Steve said:

How do these compare to sambariensis?

Steve,

These are more trouble free than sambariensis, & more cold hardy for sure. My sam. spots every winter, although looks pretty good most of the time. Growth rate is similar. I also think julietae is more sun hardy when young. And for me, holds more leaves & has a lusher look. I think this is a palm that actually may look it's best prior to trunking. I probably mentioned this before, but Joe (Palma) has a great sambariensis..

 

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Brett in Mission Viejo

I never had much luck with Sambariensis in Mission Viejo. They grow, but never look healthy. I had one get head high after a few years, then sat there and struggled until I removed it. I note they do much better with some coastal influence. Here at my place it appears to get too cold in the winter.

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Tracy
12 hours ago, Brett in Mission Viejo said:

I never had much luck with Sambariensis in Mission Viejo. They grow, but never look healthy. I had one get head high after a few years, then sat there and struggled until I removed it. I note they do much better with some coastal influence. Here at my place it appears to get too cold in the winter.

I had one (Ravenea sambiranensis) but much as you describe it struggled even on the coast here.  Mine never really got well established and ended up getting fatally damaged in a winter wind storm a couple of years back.  Ironically I saw what I think was a very nice one today at San Diego zoo.

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mike in kurtistown

Here in cloudy, rainy east Hawaii Island, the three Ravenea sambiranensis I planted two years ago in full sun have grown like Jack's beanstalk. The julietiae I planted a year and a half ago (again full sun) has shown no growth at all, but looks healthy.

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