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donofriojim1

Hello all! I live in Cincinnati area and I have a great interest in hardy palms! I myself have planted needle palms and some sabal minor " McCurtain" in my own yard. I also have found some established needle palms planted in a restaurant parking lot. I spoke to the owner of the place and he said that they were planted in about 2009  and never receive winter protection. I am also aware that there is a needle palm that is growing back from the roots at Mt St Joseph University after being cut down by mistake last spring. It apparently was planted in the year 2000 and does not and has never received any special protective measures. I am also aware of some needle palms across the river in Boone county, Kentucky. I know that they are buried in leaves every year and they still appear to struggle much more than the unprotected specimens on the Ohio side of the river. It is probably a colder local microclimate. Attached are the sabal minor mc curtains, and needle palms in my yard, a sabal minor mc curtain seedling in my side yard exposed to all elements as of last December, and the established needle palms at a Cincinnati restaurant as of  late February of this year. Im curious, are there any other Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky palm growers here?

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JASON M

Best of luck to you in Cincinnati! My Dad’s family is from there so I visit sometimes. Always thought it had to have a better chance with palms than where I lived in SE Wisconsin!

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Thanks! There are some palms and other exotics "hidden" in plain slight here in Cincinnati, Louisville, and in the Ohio river valley. I hope to bring attention to them and encourage people wherever they are to try really test out the "conventional" gardening knowledge of their areas.

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20 minutes ago, donofriojim1 said:

Thanks! There are some palms and other exotics "hidden" in plain slight here in Cincinnati, Louisville, and in the Ohio river valley. I hope to bring attention to them and encourage people wherever they are to try really test out the "conventional" gardening knowledge of their areas.

Funny you mention this.. and quite ironic actually, lol. 

Wasn't until i'd lived there that i really dove head first into tropicals, Plumeria especially.  First more " exotic " palm, ( outside of whats common back where i grew up in CA ), i came across was a large Bismarckia Burger Farm/ Gardens had on display/ for sale at their nursery.. I'd make a week long trip to Florida that next summer, and overwinter Plumeria i brought back in the apartment i was in that next winter..  Still have one remaining seedling i'd raised from one of those plants ( Had a developing pod attached when i bought it in FL. ).

At the same time, the daughter of someone i'd worked for was getting interested in tropicals that might be hardy enough to grow there. He'd always ask me about various things she was looking up, when not in one of his moods, lol..  ...so yes, don't doubt there's interest in "pushing the envelope" Even in southern Ohio/ Kentucky.. Good luck, and look forward to seeing what you find..

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