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Hemithrinax Ekmaniana in California?

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Jubaea_James760

Anyone growing these out this way? If so, what has been your experience/ observations growing them in California? What kind of cold can they take?

I have a nice protected area & was thinking of planting one. 

- James

 

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Phoenikakias

I suppose that it would need a very freely draining soil, so freely that one might fear that it can not withhold enough moisture to sustain growth. But this is only an assumption 

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pietropuccio

If it can be useful, in Palermo, Italy, Mediterranean climate, it dies with average minimum winter temperatures of 9/10 °C (48.2 / 50 °F) and lowest never below 0 °C (32 °F). This is the last failed attempt (2018) with a 20 year old plant:

 

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Jubaea_James760
6 hours ago, pietropuccio said:

If it can be useful, in Palermo, Italy, Mediterranean climate, it dies with average minimum winter temperatures of 9/10 °C (48.2 / 50 °F) and lowest never below 0 °C (32 °F). This is the last failed attempt (2018) with a 20 year old plant:

 

Hemithrinax ekmanianaIPS.jpg

Wow, what a bummer... That's a beauty too. Did you grow it for 20 years in the ground before it died? Or purchase it that old? 

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aztropic

Plant away! I've found this to be a very tough and hardy species in the Arizona desert and highly recommend it.I have several in the ground from full sun to 3/4 day shade,that have withstood temps between 29F - 120 F without any damage.Growing season,some are watered daily by association provided lawn sprinklers, (no choice) and twice a week on the ones I have to water manually;all are growing great.

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pietropuccio
2 hours ago, James760 said:

Wow, what a bummer... That's a beauty too. Did you grow it for 20 years in the ground before it died? Or purchase it that old? 

Thanks! All the Hemithrinax that I tried I got from seed and grown in pots, this:


 it was planted in spring 2018 and did not pass the winter like the others.

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pietropuccio
2 hours ago, aztropic said:

Plant away! I've found this to be a very tough and hardy species in the Arizona desert and highly recommend it.I have several in the ground from full sun to 3/4 day shade,that have withstood temps between 29F - 120 F without any damage.Growing season,some are watered daily by association provided lawn sprinklers, (no choice) and twice a week on the ones I have to water manually;all are growing great.

 

Aztropic, Hesperia is zone 8b, cold desert climate.

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Jubaea_James760

@pietropuccio, you had one amazing looking Hemithrinax! So sad it didn't make it :( you must have been devastated... 

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Jubaea_James760

@aztropic, your past posts of your Hemithrinax inspired me to even consider this beauty! I'm hoping that there is some success stories here in California. That'll give me a better idea at what this palm can handle in my area.  It will be raised a bit so it won't be sitting in cold rain water & has overhead roof protection blocked by 2 walls facing south west. That area is my prime spot so I wanted a rare palm there! I have a Copernicia Prunifera if I don't choice Hemithrinax Ekmaniana.  But am also up for other alternatives that stay somewhat small & take my cold/wet winters & hot/dry summers :greenthumb:

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Hilo Jason

James- I had one in my Fallbrook garden for several years. Never had any problems with it. Just very slow!  

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Jubaea_James760

Thanks Jason! Some hope after all. I know Fallbrook is completely different from Hesperia but am more concerned about our cool, wet , prolonged winter days more than anything.  

Did you have yours in full sun/ part sun? Did it have some overhead canopy protection?

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Hilo Jason
On 5/3/2020 at 7:32 AM, James760 said:

Thanks Jason! Some hope after all. I know Fallbrook is completely different from Hesperia but am more concerned about our cool, wet , prolonged winter days more than anything.  

Did you have yours in full sun/ part sun? Did it have some overhead canopy protection?

It was in full sun for the majority of the day. 

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Jubaea_James760

Thanks Jason :greenthumb:

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HolyNewBee
On 2020/5/1 at PM4点34分, pietropuccio said:

如果它有用的话,在意大利巴勒莫的地中海气候中,它会在平均最低冬季温度 9/10 °C (48.2 / 50 °F) 和最低温度永远低于 0 °C (32 °F) 的情况下死亡。这是使用 20 年历史的工厂最后一次失败的尝试(2018 年):

 

Hemithrinax ekmanianaIPS.jpg

I'm wondering whether Copernicia baileyana survives in Palermo's winter or not. Does it behave like Hemithrinax Ekmaniana in winter?

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pietropuccio

I only made one attempt and it didn't survive.

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