I just wanted to share some excitement with all of you. I just purchased an areca vestiaria online. Arrived beautifully with a brand new spear already emerging. I believe it’s a red form and I can’t wait to see some stilt roots on it.
I would love to see some of yours and would gladly hear any advice you can give me.
For the time being, I have it by a large frosted west facing window indoors as well as some overhead LED lighting. I have a lipstick palm which seems to be happy there too.
I’m going to keep it inside for the most part as my climate is far from tropical but I plan on taking it outside whenever the weather is willing.
This park is truly a Sabal pametto paradise. I know, there are plenty of parks in Florida with wild Sabal palmetto forests; however, there is something about the way nature presents itself here that keeps me coming back. These pictures were taken on Christmas Day of 2020. I have also seen Roystonea regia and Serenoa repens growing in the park as well.
So, I have always understood that Sabal species need to have a portion of their heel showing above the ground line when young. Other palm growers have told me this, and the Palmpedia entry for Sabal palmetto even says the same thing; namely, that “…this is a tillering palm, it exhibits saxophone style root growth (it has a heel), keep top third of heel above soil elevation” (http://www.palmpedia.net/wiki/Sabal_palmetto). I have always followed that advise for the Sabal species I have grown (S. palmetto, S. mexicana, S. minor, S. causiarum, and S. uresana), and I have kept a good portion on the heel above ground level (both planted in pots, and planted in the ground). I have had success in most cases; however, I have come to question the necessity of that “conventional wisdom” recently after a trip to visit my father in Cape Coral, Florida last Christmas. We went to J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island for a hike and, while there, I paid close attention to the young Sabal palmetto palms that were growing all over the place. I must have inspected over 60 juveniles, ranging from new seedlings, to palm frond heights of 3 to 4 feet. I could not find one young Sabal palmetto that was showing a heel. Most of the juveniles without trunks had their petioles growing straight out of the ground (or sand as the case may be). Since they are growing wild in habitat, I figure this is how they normally grow. Below are a few pictures I snapped there depicting this. Do any of you have thoughts on the necessity of showing heels on your Sabal species?
Hi Everyone. Which of the following Dypsis is the cold hardiest if any? I’d really like to try Dypsis and the following ones are available from a grower:
Dypsis ampasindave 5 l 30 -40 cm
Dypsis cabadea in 5 l bags +- 2 m
Dypsis Carl Smithii in 0.5 l bags +-0.4 m
Dypsis lanceolata in 5 l bags 1.8 m
Dypsis lutescens Bamboo palm in 5 l bags +- 0.5 m
Dypsis dark mealy bug in 5 l bags 30 cm
Dypsis lucubensis in 10 l bags +- 1.6 m
Dypsis leptochilos (teddy bear palm) in 20 l bags + - 1.9 m
Dypsis pembanum in 5 l bags +- 1.8 m
Dypsis robusta in 5 l bags
Looking fer Sabal etonia plants or seeds
Ed Brown ----