My biggest Sabal minor has two inflorescences sprouting.
In my previous post, I showed how a local restaurant her in Cincinnati had some gorgeous old and established needle palms that were being removed without rhyme or reason. The restaurant had 1 surviving needle palm next to a pile of "dead ones". I reached out to the owners of the restaurant and asked if I could buy the remaining needle palm off of them. They actually said that I could just take it ! On top of that, I checked the pile of "dead palms" and I found some that showed some signs of life. I salvaged those as well to see if I can get them to recover. Here are some pictures of the salvaging of these palms and the largest one transplanted to its new home.
Heres some updates on some needle palms here in Cincinnati. The first two pictures is the needle palm planted at Mount Saint Joseph University in the year 2000. It has NEVER received ANY special protection. However, it was cut down by MISTAKE by landscapers in spring of 2019. Thankfully it is growing back with a vengeance! The third picture is a volunteer needle palm seedling several feet away from it! So there must be another somewhere close by! The 4th picture is the sole remaining needle palm at the far end of the parking lot. They for many years had many needle palms throughout their property in the open. For whatever reason they removed them this spring without rhyme or reason. For some sick reason, they stacked all the dead ones they killed right next to the sole remaining living one.
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