So we live in Lake Charles, La. Recently devastated by hurricane Laura. While driving around I noticed a fairly large palmetto tree in the ditch that someone removed from their property (4ft trunk). It looks like it will transplant pretty well. I have a few questions from the experts. Does anyone have experience moving these? How much would one with a 4 ft trunk weigh? Because we would probably have to pick it up by hand to get it in the bed of the truck. ( two 30ish year old guys) 2nd question. Does it look healthy? I feel like it's in perfect shape. Haha. Well any tips and advice would be greatly. I will attach a picture. Thanks!
My gardens have been in place for over 10 years so many of my palms have grown to maturity. However, I still lose individual plants over the course of a year, which give me opportunities to sort through palms I've grown from seeds to fill gaps in the yard. Since fall began I have planted the following plants, including one Areca catechu semi dwarf and five Areca catechu dwarfs that demanded to go into the ground.
Areca catechu semi dwarf - replaced a fading Livistona nitida
Areca catechu dwarf #1 - replaced a dead Satakentia on east side of jungle
Areca catechu dwarfs #2 & #3 - on east side of house
Areca catechu dwarf #4 on west side of house - replaces dead Chambeyronia Hookeri
Areca catechu dwarf #5 - west side of jungle in place of dead Livistona jenkinsiana
Now that our temps have finally settled into the lower 100'sF in the Arizona desert, Caribbean species are starting to flower,en masse! First up is Pseudophoenix sargentii. (all pics taken just now)
In January 2020 The Merwin Conservancy officially took on the stewardship of the house and palm garden of poet W.S. Merwin on Maui. As we have been cataloging personal items in the house, we discovered boxes of files containing letters about the early days of seed exchanges, conservation work, and friendships revolving around palms. Some of these letters written more than 30 years ago include correspondence between Inga Hoffman coordinating the IPS seedbank out of the Southern California Palm Society Chapter, Grant Hawley from Aitkenvale North Queensland, and Norm Patterson in Western Australia (he mentions the Western Australia Palm and Cycad Society being only 2 years old). We are just starting to go through these now, and I hope those in the PalmTalk community might help me put more context around these pen pals. Grant Hawley's letters include descriptions of his own gardening situation, it would be interesting to find out what happened since those letters. William had been working on a Pritchardia project and mentions sending a few wild collected seeds to his network. I've only scratched the surface and I assume there will be many more kindred spirits in the piles of correspondence. The letters are an interesting snapshot of the world of serious amateur palm collecting - species lists, wish lists, and old certificates like the photo attached.
I don't even remember now, at which So Cal Palm Society meeting auction I bought this Dypsis. I do recall it was solitary and probably no more than a 1 gallon when purchased. I dropped it in a shaded spot under a Burretiokentia hapala, probably anticipating it would be a smaller gauge trunk and continue taking advantage of the Burretiokentia's shade. It has since produced one new subterranean offset from the main trunk. Any thoughts on which fine leafed Dypsis this is? Markings on the trunk should be a clue.