Trachycarpus wagnerianus impersonating a Christmas palm tree.
Merry Christmas everybody, feliz navidad!!!
Montengro's excellent thread about digging palm babies and potting them inspired this one.
In my time, I've planted too many (sometimes, way too many) of some palm, to realize later that it was a mistake. Sometimes years later. Sometimes, alas, the best thing is to harden your heart and do chain saw or lopper therapy and just remove the "extras."
Other times, it makes sense to at least consider digging up a palm of suitable size and sufficient rarity and repotting and re-homing, to someone you hope will be a bit more careful than you.
Here's a report on my basic experiences, including good and bad results. The rest of you are strongly urged to jump in and share. Particularly if you disagree, and who knows? Maybe I'll learn something.
Unlike a ground-to-ground transplant, near-continental size rootballs, which muscle-men (and -women) with big cranes recommend, aren't an option. All of the plants were moved with small rootballs, i.e., small enough to shoehorn into a 15 or 20 gallon pot, maybe a 24" box.
DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS "DROOPY"
Once upon a time I planted about 10 of these in the ground, mostly from one-gallons. All grew great, but I wanted some room for other things. So, I dug a couple up with relatively small rootballs and stuck them in 10 and 15 gallon tubs, kept in the shade, watered, and prayed.
And, lo! They survived and thrived without a problem. I eventually dug out most of them, and, eventually, sold them. If you bought one, let me know how it's doing. I hope okay. If not, that's important too.
Once again, 10 plants too many, and once again, dug a small rootball, stuck in pots. And, once again, success! No deaths.
I went yeti-poop and planted too many, and dug up all of them, six. Of these, one died, three have been sold and I still have two.
AFTER DIGGING CARE
Move the pot into the shade, keep moist, but not sodden, and most important, make sure the evil Santa Ana Wind doesn't hit them. Pack the dirt hard in the pot so water stays in and has time to soak the soil and stay long enough for the plant to drink it. If you get the rushing river syndrome after watering, pack in more dirt, repeat, till problem is fixed.
Anyone else have any thoughts?
Some of you got a few seeds of the Franken Brahea, which is, I think a hybird between B. armata and brandeegii.
The first picture shows it back in 2009, when it was starting to grow a bit, after being planted in 2006 or thereabouts.
Palmazon stands on the stump of the felled Washie discussed in another thread.
Here it is recently, flowers, seeds. The Shoe by the trunk.
I had no idea it would get that big that fast.
By Peter Timmermans
I posted these on the EPS forum, thought I might as well post them here. Thanks for watching.
By Pal Meir
I planted a juvenile 4 years old Trachycarpus wagnerianus, which I had grown up from seed in 2003, on 28 April 2007 outdoors in Heidelberg/Germany at 49.4°N. The following pics document the very limited growth and its struggle with long and hard freezes. Here are the photos of the first 4 years outdoors from 2007 to 2011.
(1) first day in the ground (2007-04-28)
(2) first winter outdoors (2008-02-03)
(3) after the 3rd winter (2010-03-12)
(4) the 4th summer (2010-07-19)
(5) the 4th winter (2011-01-01)
(6) the 5th summer outdoors (2011-08-20)