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    • TheMadScientist
      By TheMadScientist
      THIS IS NO APRIL FOOL'S JOKE, it just happened today.  With permission from the Sullivan Family in Ventura, I have been documenting some of the species start of flowering to when seeds seem to become ripe to harvest during 2021.  Then Mother Nature throws a curve ball.  So. Cal. has been having it's typical DROUGHT, then the rare storm shows up...5 days with about 5 inches of rain coupled with 40-45 mph winds gusting to 50-60 mph and all of the seeds were off this palm, in the street gutter and on the grassy parkway where tiny worms were attacking them.  So many had to be thrown out during the cleaning process at home.  What was left of the fruit rubbed off by hand.  I did do a water soak for 1 day, 2 hour hydrogen peroxide soak to kill buggies and bacteria.  Photo #1 showing seeds just prior to being placed in 20 member community pots where some were 71 deg. F, some were 79 deg. F in my converted ice chests with 40 watt drop lights with lid raised photo #2, some were outdoors going through what nature not lower than 49 deg. F had and some in the garage steady between 50 - 60 deg. F.  Photo #3 & 4 are the 2 seedlings that had just pushed green through to peat/perlite surface, which I took an ice pick to move a little material away for the photo shoot.  The container closest to the light source was 79 deg. F and the container furthest away was 71 deg F.  I will update this thread as the family grows past 2 seedlings.




    • UK_Palms
      By UK_Palms
      So I had a couple of hours spare and challenged myself to see as many palms as possible in the Richmond area of London, which is in the southeast of capital. I have put together a photo-documented record of palms in this vicinity of the city and their progress up to now.
      First up, Butia Odorata…





      This Jubaea is something else



       
      The Brahea Armata is getting bigger


       
      Butia Yatay

       
      Parajubaea Cocoides growing under the Yatay

       
      Chamaerops Humilis


       
      Trachycarpus



       
      Trithrinax Campestris

       
      Washingtonia and smaller Jubaea


       
      Yucca Elephantipes, one of the most common exotic plants in London


       
      Typical London CIDP



       
      I had to visit the two Kew/Richmond Robusta’s up close. The neighbour’s front yard has had all the big Trachy’s and Chamaerops cut down though!





       
      Another Brahea Armata



       
      It was a mild early February day in southeast London…



       
      Trachy’s aplenty…


       
      CIDP’s aplenty too…



       
      Terrific washingtonia lurking down a side road in Mitcham…


       
      Spotted a few more CIDP’s as well…


       
      I actually missed quite a few palms off, but I can’t complain given the decent haul I managed to view  and photograph still, all in the space of about 2-3 hours. That also included a stop at Richmond Park for lunch too, so it was a fairly productive visit. 
    • UK_Palms
      By UK_Palms
      All of these ones are in London only. I will do a second upload for the other UK ones because there are already too many for London alone.
      Starting with the Jubaea's first, these ones are located in Richmond, southeast London...





       
      Street view Jubaea's...


       
      Here is the Jubaea at Chelsea Physic Garden in central London, which I visited over the summer...


       

       
      Battersea Park Jubaea's in central London...



       
      North London Jubaea with big Washingtonia Filifera...

       
      Some smaller London Jubaea's on street view...


       
      Now onto the London Butia's, of which there are many to document. Here's the one at Chelsea Physic Garden next to that Jubaea I posted before...















       



       
      This Butia is located in Chumleigh Gardens which is in Burgess Park, south London...

       
      This CIDP is located right next to the Butia above, in Burgess Park, south London. You can see the Butia in the background. It is yet another London CIDP that I haven't even posted before yet. These are not recent images either. This CIDP photo from Chumleigh Gardens is 5 years old now, so it will be much, much bigger, as will the Butia...

       
      11 Monmouth Road, London...

       
      These are in Richmond, southeast London...


       
      Butia Yatay, Richmond

       
      Butia hybrid? Central London...


       
      I can't remember what part of London this Butia is located in? I know I have seen someone post it on here before though, a few years back. 

       
      This one is in Wisley Gardens on the outskirts of southeast London...


       
      Strange planting in central London...
       
      Again these ones are just London so far. I've probably missed a bunch. I will upload the Jubaea's and Butia's from the rest of the UK soon, as well as any other London ones that I forgot. 
    • TheMadScientist
      By TheMadScientist
      October 2011, I had purchased this from a "Palm Talker".  It seemed to take a couple of years  before it was showing any growth.  I liked the 24 deg. F low, no weapons, it could take the heat / low humidity I have to deal with.  My current photo is more of a close up as it has a large P.  Theophrasti dominating attention behind it.  The "corn cob on a stick" looking seed pod presented itself last year, but I didn't see any pollen being offered to it.  This year the seed pod was fully developed, but again, I wasn't seeing the pollen contribution.  The last week of September, individual seeds would raise from the cob, then get released.  The seeds collected look like Halloween Candy Corn and that fruit is easily removed.  I had concerns that these would not germinate, but in the last 3 days.....4 of the 21 seeds sown have started The Circle of Life.  7 weeks to germinate in my converted ice chest, 40 watt drop light, lid raised 1" and it sees 80-85 deg. F 24/7 which I water each day due to evaporation.




    • kinzyjr
      By kinzyjr
      I often buy bulk Jubaea chilensis seeds from this vendor and always have a pleasant buying experience.  The seeds germinate reliably and at a 75-85% rate or better.  Recommended, especially for Jubaea seeds.  Bruce used to go by @botanical treasures on the forums.
      https://www.ebay.com/usr/gullivergall
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