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Brahea armata in Basel, Switzerland

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Hi,

here is my Brahea armata. Planted from pot to the ground 13 years ago, in 2006. Last winter was the first time ever with zero protection at all. The coldest temperature of Winter 2018-2019 here in the City of Basel was only – 4 °C (February).

April 2006

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April 2019, with me for scale;)

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hands up

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Neil C

That is seriously impressive!!!!

Regards Neil

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Hillizard
3 hours ago, Neil C said:

That is seriously impressive!!!!

Regards Neil

I agree! Cartridge's silver Brahea deserves a Palme d'Or ! :greenthumb:

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Kris

Very nice,It seems the palm has been well taken care off :greenthumb:

Thanks for the visuals.

Love,

Kris.

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Axel Amsterdam

that's a good looking Armata, well done. Do you normally build a construction around it in winter?

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cartridge
1 hour ago, Axel Amsterdam said:

that's a good looking Armata, well done. Do you normally build a construction around it in winter?

Hi Axel, I follow the weather forecast and if temperatures below -5 ° C are predicted I'm always prepared to make a winter protection. But with this size and the hard, thorny petioles it's very difficult to make the construction small. Because I don't want cut off 50% of the leaves to make this winter protection smaller. So I wait as long as possible to to build this protection.

Regards Mike

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Axel Amsterdam

I have a smaller armata that was not protected last winter either. During the past winters i only protected the trunk with a heating cable and wrapped plastic. The fronds are so hardy they have never been damaged severly by -9c and subzero daytemps. But i understand that this trunk protection only is quite difficult when the palm has dozens of fronds.

 

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DoomsDave

Holy cow. Bovine. Buffalo.

Multiple thumbs up  . . . .

 

@cartridge, you go brother!

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cartridge

Update May 2020

After the second winter in a row without any protection at all. The stem with the old leaf bases is now 183 cm (6 feet) in circumference.y6qdfjt4.jpg

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8B palms

Really stunning, especially with the sun on it, that glacial white is hard to beat, I can't even imagine where to begin constructing a enclosure to protect a palm of that size. Clearly you have done everything right.

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WaianaeCrider

Wow and I managed to kill one here in Hawaii after being in the ground for 10 years and growing nicely.  Not sure what I did wrong, probably something w/the irrigation as we only get about 20" of rain a year mostly in winter.

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palmfriend

What a beauty!!!

Given under your conditions, unbelievable!

I am glad I got some seeds a few weeks ago, already sprouted and showing (until now) almost

rapid growth. 

Your Armata images are a great inspiration, thank you for posting! All the best with it and your 

other palms/plants!

best regards from Okinawa -

Lars

 

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