My biggest Sabal minor has two inflorescences sprouting.
Palms are seeding all over our 0.61 ac paradise. Some seeds are welcome - others not so much. In the welcome category are Gaussia maya and two varieties of Sabal minor "uber dwarfs" (my term).
Gaussia maya ripening seeds
If Sabal minor is sometimes called a "dwarf Sabal" because of its shrubby nature, uber dwarf Sabal minors take dwarfism to a whole new level - they are dwarfs of dwarfs. One of the better known is Sabal minor Blountstown Dwarf (uber dwarfs are usually named for the community closest to discovery). Blountstown is a town in the FL Panhandle directly west of Tallahassee. This tiny palm seldom exceeds 18" tall by 30" wide. My original mother palm has been that size for the past 5-6 years and her offspring grow true. The leaves have an angle of 65-75 degrees. Crops of seeds number fewer than 100.
Sabal minor Blountstown dwarf in seed
Sabal minor Wakulla Dwarf is found on the coast of the Big Bend near the town of Wakulla, southeast of Tallahassee. Superficially, it closely resembles Blountstown Dwarf and you might wonder if both are the same variety, except their populations are 60 miles apart. Only DNA testing can determine how closely they are related. But in my experience growing both varieties, I found Blountstown Dwarf to be less finicky. I tried a number of Wakulla dwarfs and have succeeded at growing only two to adulthood. Should I chalk the experience up to my skill or lack thereof at growing them? My two Wakulla dwarfs are seeding for the first time this year
Last spring 2019 I planted a 5 gal sabal minor by the back of my property. I offered it NO winter protection in a 6a climate. This spring 2020 it was completely dead or so I thought. This morning I was out weeding and discovered new growth coming out! I thought it was a lost cause but am happy to see! Anyone else have a successful sabal minor above 42N on the east coast?
Photo 1: close up
Photo 2: as discovered today
Photo 3: day of planting March 2019
By Ben OK
Does anybody else out there take advantage of sprinklers from their aerobic septic system?
Living in rural Oklahoma we had to install an aerobic septic system when we built our home. The soil here is a heavy clay, but with lots of rock in it. Because of the poor drainage of the clay, the system uses sprinklers to spray the treated waste water on the surface of the ground, rather than underground lateral drain lines in traditional septic systems.
We get enough rain here that lawn irrigation systems are not very common, so the two sprinklers from my septic system get put to good use. I built a flower bed around one of the sprinklers and I planted Musa basjoo there since the area never dries out. I also use the bed for sprouting seeds. I can just drop Sabal seeds in the bed and cover them with some leaves. I then forget about them for a month or two. The next time I think to look, the seedlings are growing with no extra work on my part. I now even put some of my potted Sabal seedlings in the back of the bed (since they aren't really adding any beauty to my other potted porch plants). I haven't watered the pots (by hand or hose)once all summer, but they still get a good shower daily.
And I know some of you are probably thinking: "Doesn't the water smell?" If you properly maintain your septic system the water doesn't smell at all like sewage. I still don't use it to water any food crops, but it is supposed to be treated and safe.
Here are some pics of my volunteers. They're under 3 older parents, on a south-facing wall of an unheated garage. Starting about 5 years ago, I've seen more each year. They were under leaf mulch, but for the past 3 years they've been exposed.