By RainForestt Robert
While vacationing on Grand Cayman I came across two potted Coccothrinax crinita. I was duly impressed. However I was totally flabbergasted as I counted twenty more as I walked further up the street.
For sale is one lot of 50 seeds of Coccothrinax crinita brevicrinus from my mother palm. For lovers of cutesy names this is commonly called the "Short-haired Old Man Palm." This endangered subspecies of the commoner Coccothrinax crinita is native to seasonally wet grasslands and hills of western Cuba. Its trunk is covered by short hair-like fibers. I have both subspecies and find that brevicrinus is easier to grow and less finicky. It has flowered and set seeds for years while my largest crinita has never flowered. Fruit and seeds are large by Coccothrinax standards and growth is moderate. It has large, relaxed dark green leaves.
Coccothrinax crinita brevicrinus: 50 seeds @ $10.00 for the lot. One Lot Only
Shipping = $5.00 in padded envelope. No shipping outside the US. No shipping to HI
TOTAL = $15.00
Payment via Paypal. PM me if you are interested.
I am planting a Trachycarpus Nainital in my pool area. My question is, how far from the trunk will the roots grow? I want to leave enough room from the cement decking and some of the underground pipes that make the pool work. Also I don't want to be planting annuals too close to the trachy and disturbing the trachy roots when I lift annuals for the winter.
Also I have very well-draining clay (sounds odd I know). Any thoughts on what medium I should plant in? Just the native soil/clay. Native clay emended with garden soil/humus? vermiculite? builders' sand? Are there really 10 different ideas all of which work pretty much the same?
Saw this pair of old man palms in Delray Beach last month right on the east end Atlantic Avenue just before the beach. They don't get this tall in Sarasota so I had to get a pic, with mom in there for scale.
Three old men (Coccothrinax crinita) a few houses apart.
Picture 1 & 2 of same two palms. The smaller palm, the older one)is actually recovering quite well from a full storm toppling, 15 or so years ago. For the last two years its has outgrown is younger colleague. Both produce seeds.
The third palm was added to the neighborhood a few weeks before Hurricane Irma. It had a Irma-induced lean of about 30° off center, but was quickly righted.