I have a Rhapis excelsa with a root stem (or whatever it’s called) that’s roughly a foot long and growing sideways. Can I cut a few inches off of this offshoot stem? I know palms are generally root sensitive, but Rhapis is supposedly tolerant of being divided. This thing won’t fit in any of the empty pots I have, and an oversized pot for such a small palm would just encourage root rot (and look ridiculous).
This root is nearly the same size as the palm.
Hello, my friends. Does anybody have a comprehensive list of Chamaedorea hybrids? I know that something like this has been published in Don Hodel's 1992 book. Do you have this list with an update?
I was checking my pots of palm seedlings this morning and I found this albino seedling in my pot of Cham klotzschianas. Albino seedlings are, unfortunately for the plants affected, not as rare as you might think. Albinism in palms occurs because a genetic defect in the seed produces a palm that is unable to manufacture chlorophyll. Lack of chlorophyll in green plants means the defective plant is unable to photosynthesize and feed itself. Right now this little guy is living off food storage in its seed. When that is used up the seedling will wither and die. After taking the following photos I put the pot of seedlings back under canopy and will let the albino one get the most out of its spark of life. Guess I'm a softie.
Chamaedorea klotzschiana albino seedling, Cape Coral, FL
These are lovely little understory palms that deserve wider renown. They are surprisingly cold hardy: down to 28F. Current thinking lumps what were two species, C. geoniformis and C. tenella into just C. geoniformis even though these palms are distinctly different to uneducated eyes, including mine. I have two C. geoniformis vs. seven C. tenella. The geoniformis are much larger all around. C. tenella is almost impossibly dainty, sporting 3-4" leaves atop tiny stems thinner than a pencil
I just finished fall maintence on these little guys then took the following photos. These palms are well worth growing
Chamaedorea geoniformis x2 and Chamaedorea tenella x7
Chamaedorea geoniformis (left) & Chamaedorea tenella (right)
Chamaedorea geoniformis x2
Yesterday I took the following photos of some of the palms in my back yard World's Smallest Jungle
View down the walk toward the Isabelle Canal
Left (east) of walk: Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii in pots and Hydriestele dransfieldii
Right (west) of walk: Kerriodoxa elegans
Ravenea julietae and Chamaedorea geoniformis
Lytocaryum weddellianum & Reinhardtia latisecta Compact x2
Pots of palm seedlings germinated this past growing season