I have many palms. Most of them are very happy palms because I love them and we treat them well. In turn, they reward us with bountiful crops of seeds. I've learned there is scant interest in seeds of very tropical palms, esp. "common" ones that grow fast and get large no matter how beautiful they are. Today we got out the pole saw to stop these palms from burying us alive in seeds. We ended up with the pile of aborted infructescenses you see in the photos. Sad, I know, but necessary.
For anyone interested, that pile includes the following species as I can best remember:
By Jono Miller
Regarding the length of roots on cabbage palms, Wade and Langdon cite Sargent (1933) as follows:
". . .with a short pointed knob-like under ground stem surrounded by a dense mass of contorted roots often 4° or 5° in diameter and 5° or 6° deep, from which tough light orange-colored roots often nearly 1/2' in diameter penetrate the soil for a distance of 15° or 20°, " On the other hand, at a palm workshop I was told cabbage palms can have roots 40 or 50 feet long. My own observations on eroding beaches and banks suggests 15' or 20' is definitely too short. See image from Cedar Key. Does anyone have a personal observation or citation for Sabal palmetto root length other than Sargent?
Was at my grandparent’s house today and their front neighbors have a curious triple Veitchia specimen.. my guess would be V. winin
some closeups of the fruit which look different from my V. arecina/joannis at home
My potted trachycarpus is pushing out new roots on its side. The roots are pushing the old petioles down towards the dirt. I was just wondering if I should cut the old petioles or will the roots eventually push through. Thanks!
I have a couple juvenile palms in a large-ish (3 or 4 gallon? bottom watering reservoir) pot in my apartment. North facing window, but it's a full patio door. These guys have rarely seen full sun and have been slowly chugging away for about 7 years (since seeds were collected in 2012). Now, the largest of the 3 in this pot has started thickening around the bottom (still narrower than my wrist) and its top-most frond almost touched my 8 foot ceiling before arcing over to hang a good 6-7 feet at its highest. No changes to heat, light, water, or fertilizer in the last 3 years.
This winter it seems that the fronds are "fading". Or that they're edging into a lighter green, to an almost grayish green, but still not on the edge of yellow. I'm concerned because other than the color of the fronds, the plant looks really healthy and, as said above, the main trunk is starting to bulk up a bit. Should I be worried?
For reference, I believe this to be a Veitchia arecina, based on visual inspection of the mother tree, fruits collected and sprouted, and the look of the plant now.