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Minimum Pot Depth for Caryota mitis?

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Funkthulhu

I received some seed from @DoomsDave last year and even after moving and cats and everything else, I still have two seedlings left.  They're a deep green, and seem very healthy.  

However!  In giving them a deep soak today I noticed that there are new tiny little spears coming up from the edge of the stem, not the center...  Then I did some research to find that C. mitis is a Tillering palm!  

So, now I'm a bit worried.  They're in a rather small pot right now, and they only have 3 or 4 leaves each.  How big of a pot do I need for these?  Or, more importantly, how deep to accommodate the tillering of this species?  (while we're at it, what soil composition do they prefer, as I assume I'll be repotting?) 

Cheers!

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DoomsDave

Aww, cooing over the babies!

Funkuthulu, you are a great palm daddy!

They tiller for a while, then they don't. They're not like, say Rhopies that tiller deep. In my admittedly limited experience the babies tiller awhile, then they don't.

Won't hurt to double the depth to be safe. Looks like yours might be variegated! If they are, when they get too big to keep in the house, send them out here, and I'll get you an obscene amount of money for them at a PSSC auction.

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gtsteve

I had a 25 yr old mitis die last year. So now I have hundreds of the blighters coming up all over the yard (I apologise to the neighbours, you probably do too but don't know it).

So from my experience after pulling out so many of them at different ages, they are not fussy where they grow, they don't care if they coil their roots,

and forget about the tillering business, treat them as any other palm.

And Dave a lot of mine came up with that 'variegated' look, in my case it was common and temporary.   

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Funkthulhu

I'm taking a census of a lot of my container ranch.  We may have an afternoon of pot-hopping, everybody goes up a size.  In a perfect world that would mean I only had to buy one new big pot, but we all know that never happens.  

 

Thanks Dave & Steve, I'm less worried but now I have a project.

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