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Update On the McCurtain...the leaf I thought might be a more mature frond is another two leaf strap...at 62, I need it to grow faster but I think I’ll chalk this one up as a lesson in patience. It’s not going to be what it’s not...but it’s a good candidate for my zone....

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donofriojim1

How old is it?

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amh

It's further along than you think, maybe a 4 leaf strap. Sabal minor is a slow starter, give it plenty of food, sun, and water and maybe towards next fall you'll have mature fronds.

How much sun does it get?

Looks about 21/2 years to 3 years old to me.

 

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GregVirginia7
11 hours ago, donofriojim1 said:

How old is it?

I put it in the ground around 4-years ago...it's kind of 50/50 in the direct sun category so it could probably use more light but little protection in the winter and it hasn't lost anything to the cold...

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GregVirginia7
8 hours ago, amh said:

It's further along than you think, maybe a 4 leaf strap. Sabal minor is a slow starter, give it plenty of food, sun, and water and maybe towards next fall you'll have mature fronds.

How much sun does it get?

Looks about 21/2 years to 3 years old to me.

 

Thank you...age is probably accurate...it arrived in a 3" pot and I planted it about 4 years ago...it gets a fair amount of direct sun but I think it could use more...it's next to a Mediterranean Fan Palm salvaged from a garden center 7-years ago so the two will look good together as it gets bigger.

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Chester B

Here’s one of my McCurtain minors for comparison.  I have 5 of these all around the same size that I sprouted from seed 3 years ago. 

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amh

Okay, it appears that Mccurtain is a slow beginner, even by Sabal minor standards.

I've found that lots of sun exposure is the best fuel for growth.

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Chester B

I had mine in pots for two years.  I planted them out this spring in full sun and since going into the ground I've noticed a significant increase in growth rate.

But I have heard McCurtain are one of the slowest minor varieties.

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11 minutes ago, Chester B said:

I had mine in pots for two years.  I planted them out this spring in full sun and since going into the ground I've noticed a significant increase in growth rate.

But I have heard McCurtain are one of the slowest minor varieties.

I've heard the same about McCurtain.

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