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Shoowow

Living in the Azores since 2015 after spending most of my adult life in New England, I've had a chance to explore most of S. Miguel island as a hiking guide. I've also started growing several palms in at quinta minuvida orchard lodge, our business. Most of them are looking pretty good by now.

Posting here some images of my palm garden, the neighborhood and the island. I've found that pretty much everything grows since the climate is even, with high humidity and rain. I don't fertilize or water any of my palms or fruit trees.

Please feel free to ask questions.

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IMG_20191119_134729_1.thumb.jpg.3925642636e815ee5da8450f0d52b279.jpgThe Roystonea on the forefront has been on the ground about three years now from 1 gallon container.

 

 

 

 

 

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IMG_20191110_100933.thumb.jpg.3a9706a5868b7f32417a9d3caa822199.jpgKentias by the pool. Bought them already large.

 

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One of the Kentias I transplanted 3 years ago from 5 gallon. Growing like crazy.

 

 

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Yoga in our banana plantation.

 

 

 

 

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Sunset in the neighborhood.

 

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Mountains and waterfalls...

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Life is a beach...

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On the island's trails.

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Palms from around the island.

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gilles06

I can't wait to see this place:yay:, will come on summer for a short 2 weeks holidays.

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dalmatiansoap

We went to S.Miguel last month and absolutely enjoyed it. Scenery, people, food,....,just name it...

Fully recommend

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Cikas

Azores are European Hawaii. 

They have the best climate in Europe. 

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palmfriend

Very nice documentation!

It seems that a lot of palms can be given a try over there - very interesting!

Best regards from Okinawa -

Lars

 

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Shoowow

Thanks Lars. Yes, lots of potential. Traditionally only about a dozen species have been propagated on the islands since the great agricultural experimentalists of the 1800s.

Now a few newer things are coming in, such as Roystoneas,  H Verschaffeltii, Coccothrinax (thanks Rafael!), many Dypsis, etc. I'm working on a couple of holy grail palms as well, so stay tunned for updates.

Your post from Okinawa looks great too!

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RJ

Looks awesome! This coming from a fellow New Englander. I think a trip is in order for the family :greenthumb:

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Tracy

It looks as though you could grow a lot of palms there including some of the New Caledonia species.  My neighbors were visiting your islands a few weeks back and came across a garden with an area dedicated to cycads so they knew they had to take some photos to share with me (lots of them in my yard).  Final comment was that your dog looks like it could have some Swiss Mountain dog lines based on the facial markings.... My Appenzeller Sennenhund, one of the Swiss Mountain dogs for comparison.  You probably could try some of the heartier Pritchardias as well if you are growing bananas (a couple of Pritchardia species are growing below the bananas in my photo).  The Azore's are definitely on the travel list for us and my wife like's to hike so we may have to look you up when we plan a trip there.

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akamu

The waterfall coming out of the cave is awesome

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bubba

A Palm talker from Bermuda, whose family had lived in the Azores, thought it may be possible to grow a coconut palm in the Azores. He postulated that even though there was not enough heat, it might be possible to find a microclimate near one of the many volcanic areas and give it a shot. Just throwing that out there because if you did and were successful, you would definitely have the farthest coconut palm from the equator on earth!

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11 hours ago, Tracy said:

It looks as though you could grow a lot of palms there including some of the New Caledonia species.  My neighbors were visiting your islands a few weeks back and came across a garden with an area dedicated to cycads so they knew they had to take some photos to share with me (lots of them in my yard).  Final comment was that your dog looks like it could have some Swiss Mountain dog lines based on the facial markings.... My Appenzeller Sennenhund, one of the Swiss Mountain dogs for comparison.  You probably could try some of the heartier Pritchardias as well if you are growing bananas (a couple of Pritchardia species are growing below the bananas in my photo).  The Azore's are definitely on the travel list for us and my wife like's to hike so we may have to look you up when we plan a trip there.

Hello Tracy, nice dog! From what we know ours is a mutt, mostly Jack Russell and Beagle, but who knows. Lots of island dogs here with lots of mixed breeds.

So, yes, we actually grow bananas commercially in the Azores, and along with Madeira and the Canary islands the only places that do so. We also produce many other subtropical and tropical fruits, such as guava, anona cherimoya, mango, avocado, pitanga, jackfruit, et.

As for palms, the only real impediment is getting the seeds or seedlings here, as I think most species would grow. It's getting easier tho. 

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10 hours ago, bubba said:

A Palm talker from Bermuda, whose family had lived in the Azores, thought it may be possible to grow a coconut palm in the Azores. He postulated that even though there was not enough heat, it might be possible to find a microclimate near one of the many volcanic areas and give it a shot. Just throwing that out there because if you did and were successful, you would definitely have the farthest coconut palm from the equator on earth!

Hello Bubba, I remember the member from Bermuda and the post. All I can say is... stay tunned.

Until recently you couldn't really find coconut seeds, seedlings or young cocos for sale on the islands. Recently greenhouse streched coconuts (photo below) from the Netherlands popped up at a local nursery. They're supposed to be indoor plants, but...

As for the conditions, living on the islands and knowing in loco what they are, I think the main issue would be root rot in soggy soil in cooler weather Thankfully we have plenty of volcanic soil with excellent drainage.

I purchased the coconut on the photo below in Jan. and transplanted in March, but wind storm snapped it. So that was that. 

The second one went on the ground in June and has grown tree new leafs since. Before I post photos and brag about growing the fartest from the Equator, let's see how it fares during the winter... So hold your horses...

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Cluster

Wonderful pictures João!,

I really wish you the best of luck with the coco, make it happen, if it survives 3 winters I think it will be stronger in the years to come, very good drainage will be essential!

 

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Cluster

Hopefully you are in a  good spot as well:)

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Shoowow

Thanks Pedro. I'm at 100m in a spot called Areias due to the sandy nature of the soil. It's in the Rabo de Peixe area, on the drier, sunnier side of the island. I have a Netatmo weather station and my averages are similar to Ponta Delgada downtown, with small variations. So, good for a 18c yearound average more or less.

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