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Dypsis "dark mealy bug" Exploding

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I bought this palm sick about 6-7 years ago. It sat and struggled for what seemed like forever - never holding more than 2-3 ugly leaves. About 2 years ago I did some grading and driveway work that diverted a good portion of the rain runoff that created a small stream during rains that surrounded it.

Almost immediately it responded and started swelling up and holding more leaves. It might end up being a nice palm for me after all.  Maybe some extra water for those of you trying to grow this one would help you too.

 

 

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Gtlevine

Really nice palm.

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TomJ

California dreaming....

 

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Hilo Jason

Nice!  Is the Dypsis Betefaka on the left?  Dypsis Robusta on the right?

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John hovancsek

Wow, what a beautiful palm.  I have thaugh of getting one of these now that florabunda has them but they get massive 

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akamu

Great information about the extra water Dean I have struggled with this species maybe I need to drown the next one.  Your palm is looking awesome thanks for sharing 

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joe_OC
17 hours ago, Dypsisdean said:

I bought this palm sick about 6-7 years ago. It sat and struggled for what seemed like forever - never holding more than 2-3 ugly leaves. About 2 years ago I did some grading and driveway work that diverted a good portion of the rain runoff that created a small stream during rains that surrounded it.

Almost immediately it responded and started swelling up and holding more leaves. It might end up being a nice palm for me after all.  Maybe some extra water for those of you trying to grow this one would help you too.

 

 

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Very accurate description of what is going on with mine.  Do you think it’s just water or it needed that time to root in?

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17 hours ago, Gtlevine said:

Really nice palm.

Thanks - If I had known this would draw you out of the shadows, I would have posted it sooner. Glad to know you're still lurking and interested. Hope all is well.

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Dypsisdean
10 hours ago, Hilo Jason said:

Nice!  Is the Dypsis Betefaka on the left?  Dypsis Robusta on the right?

Yep on both counts.

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Dypsisdean
41 minutes ago, joe_OC said:

Very accurate description of what is going on with mine.  Do you think it’s just water or it needed that time to root in?

I can't tell you with certainty, since there is nothing equal to compare it to. And drawing conclusions from what could be coincidence, and not causality, is always a stretch. However, I do have another, about three years behind this one, and it too hasn't yet sped up. So I'll be able to better answer your question in 3-4 years.

But - usually 5 years in the ground here in Hawaii is plenty of time to get in gear. Most of the big Dypsis seem to shift gears after about two years. And this one changed its tune almost immediately after the runoff was diverted. Having any ground around here that is soggy is unheard of, even after many inches of rain. But in this area now, it will be saturated for days, even after a moderate rain.

So I thought it enough of a possibility to mention. Plus I know you guys just like pics of big Dypsis.

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Hilo Jason

What you said about these being slow to start made me think that maybe these just happen to be slower all around (to get going at least) than many other big Dypsis. 

Although I am sure the extra water definitely helped yours speed up. 

In my limited experience growing palms here on the Big Island (almost 3 years), I can say that Dark Mealybug has been one of the slowest Dypsis in my garden. Mine is looking good, but does not push a lot of new leaves each year like others do. 

Heres a picture of mine, taken today. This was planted as a 3 gallon plant about 2 years ago. Now is 5 feet tall.   I’m hoping it hits a growth spurt now that it’s been in the ground a bit. 

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Gileno Machado

What a beautiful Dypsis, Dean. Say hi to Angela

 

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doubravsky

Super beautiful palm.... thanks Dean!

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realarch

Impressive, especially with Angela for scale. What a crown on that thing too. 

Tim

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6 hours ago, Gileno Machado said:

What a beautiful Dypsis, Dean. Say hi to Angela

 

Thanks Gileno - nice to hear your "voice." Hope everything is good on your end. I will definitely pass along your "hello."

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Dypsisdean

Dave/Tim - Thanks

You guys might know - is there a name for this thing yet?

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