A good reference,side by side comparison of 2 similar Cuban palms.At a younger age,COLOR will be your best guide.Copernicia rigida is always a darker olive green.Copernicia macroglossa is always a lighter lime green to yellow. Seedling to adult.
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I bought a 3G Copernicia Fallaensis and a Baileyana from a local nursery on 12/7/18 and put them out on the South side of my house in a "nursery group" with a bunch of other larger palms. At the nursery they were in full sun in an open field, about 8 hours of midday sun. In my location it's about 4 hours direct and the rest is semi-filtered from a couple of tall oak trees. I have them in a group so I can water the whole crowd with a single 180 degree fan spray on a timer, I think currently set for 40 minutes around 8:30am every day. The spray puts out about 20 gallons over that time in an area about 15 feet diameter, so each Copernicia is probably getting 0.25-0.5 gallons each morning from overhead spray. I haven't added any fertilizer until a couple of days ago, when I put a sprinkling of Osmocote into each pot. Our temperatures have had a couple of dips barely into the upper 30s, but have been mostly mid 70s for highs and mid 40s for lows. Today is around 82F. Everything else in the bed is growing normally with consistent spear growth (Bottle, D. Pembana, A. Caudescens, A. Engleri, S. Mauritiiformis, etc). The Baileyana looks about the same and the partially opened spear has grown about 0.5" from 12/7-12/30. The Fallaensis doesn't appear to have grown, but I forgot to sharpie-mark it before today.
The Fallaensis had a little bit of yellowing and spotting on 2 fronds when I bought it and slightly ragged/browned tips on the oldest fronds. I figured this was not a big deal for a youngster, but it's gotten noticeably worse in the last week or so. Attached are some photos of the Fallaensis moved onto my back porch. The one with a backdrop of a few pots, a pineapple and a baby ponytail is from 12/7, the other 4 photos were taken today. They are detail photos of the Fallaensis and an overhead picture with the Bailey too. I'm concerned because the Fallaensis has quite a bit more browned tips on the leaves and the new spear has more browning on the right side. I treated it with a dose of Banrot yesterday and wanted some suggestions or thoughts from the group:
Is the browned tips a simple lack of water? Both the Baileyana and Fallaensis had a couple of finger-diameter roots escaping the pots, so they are probably ready to be stepped up to ~7G. I hadn't looked to see if one pot was getting a bit more spray than the other. I've seen photos of potassium deficiency on Copernicias, browning, yellowing and necrotic spots or tips seems pretty common. I've added the Osmocote, should I consider adding a little wood ash from my bonfire spot? I have another spot with a bit more sun, and can run a dedicated dripper to the pot instead of an overhead spray. If it's a fungal problem then that would probably help, along with another dose of Banrot. Since they are growing roots out of the pots, should I step them up now so they'll have space to grow roots over the winter?
Selling a limited amount of our 1-3g Copernicia Alba’s upon arrival they should be moved up to a 3g. They are ready!
$30 price includes shipping!
Copernicia Fallaensis seedlings for sale.
$50 per seedling or $40 a piece for 10 or more. These are true Fallaensis seed, wildly grown/collected from Cuba. Price is firm, so please no offers.
Please note we will be shipping them the first week of December!
Contact me if interested with number of seedlings, location (where we will be sending), and if you would like warmers. Payment can be made through PayPal at
Shelby and Corey Bigler