By Sabal Steve
This has been a slow grower for me. I planted it from a one gallon that I bought from George Sparkman, six or seven years ago. It’s been pretty durable in the clay soil.
Who else is growing one of these?
After reading through at least 15 different threads about the Arenga Micrantha, I am still a little uncertain on locating a pair of very tall Arenga Micrantha on my lot. I posted a similar question on the end of a thread by @Eric in Orlando but it is necro-bumping an 8+ year old thread. Here's links to a variety of informative threads on this palm:
In Gainesville at UFL they planted a 4-5 foot in between some shrubberies, but it's not clear how much daily sun it sees. It died after the 2018 January freezes, but it's not clear why: https://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/41798-mccarty-hall-palm-garden-at-the-university-of-florida-update-2008-2014-some-before-and-after-pics/&
Leu Gardens has a couple in "high tree canopy with bright but filtered light." I didn't see them when I visited in November, hopefully they are still ok! https://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/19917-arenga-micrantha-tibetan-sugar-palm/
@richnorm has a flowering one in New Zealand, apparently in full sun and has been ok for leaf burn and low temps of -5C/23F. I'm not sure about the humidity there, but the sun angle is about 10 degrees lower than the Orlando area so it's not as intense. https://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/15074-arenga-micrantha/&tab=comments#comment-264964
@Phoenikakias had a pretty big one in 2013, and it grew well in temps over 100F every day as long as it got a lot of water: https://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/35440-my-arenga-micrantha/&tab=comments#comment-557815
@Sandy Loam had a large but very lazy one with some good discussion and photos here: https://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/45063-why-does-arenga-micrantha-insist-on-lying-down-horizontally-against-the-ground/&amp
@Albey found a nice clump growing at a botanical garden in New Zealand: https://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/55912-arenga-micrantha-at-43°-south/&tab=comments#comment-838192
@steve 9atx had a nice one growing in Houston with 6 hours of unshaded mid-day sun, so it can take some strong sun along with high humidity: https://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/4571-arenga-micrantha/&amp
@Brahea Axel had some really nice ones back in 2013: https://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/37978-which-is-nicer-a-engleri-or-a-micrantha/&amp
So after all the background above, I had this palm on my "to buy" list along with an Arenga Pinnata. It's like a cold-tolerant and not deadly spiky version! A local Palmtalker had two for sale and I picked them up on Sunday. One is around 8' tall and the other is probably 12-14' tall. Both are 3-4 leaf plants with very small suckers. They were growing in moderate shade and I'm trying to figure out the best spot in my lot for them. From the above threads I concluded that they grow best in Central FL (just NW of Orlando) in filtered light with PM shade and a consistent source of water. I'd like to get these in the ground ASAP, and have 4 possible locations for them:
SE corner in the summer gets filtered sun all day, but gets lots of sun in the winter, especially in the afternoon. SW corner in the summer has direct AM sun but is shaded by oaks by about 1pm. It has winter AM filtered sun and PM direct sun. NE corner in the summer has filtered AM sun but quite a bit of direct mid-afternoon sun, and is filtered most of the winter. E side of the house, direct sun all year until just after noon, then shaded by the house. Is sounds like direct sun in the winter might not be a big problem, but direct afternoon sun in the summer could be a death sentence. I have available drip irrigation in all spots, so a consistent water supply isn't a problem. The soil is probably 50/50 sand and decomposed oak leaves. Any thoughts on the above for locations to avoid?
I recently acquired 16 new additions to my palm collection. I now have 60 species in my garden. Some are experimental. Hopefully they will adapt to my 9b dry climate. I’m currently busy installing irrigation which will make watering easier.
Here is a list of my new palms:
chamaedorea elegans, tepejelote, cataractarum & seifrizii
caryota maxima & mitis
Arenga engleri *
Coccothrinax sp ?
Raphis excelsa *
Wodyetia bifurcata *
* Already present in my collection
By Josue Diaz
Looks like my jubaeopsis decided it wants company. I've been noticing this extra robust spear emerging over the past couple of months. It turns out that it's a double spear.
By Jim in Los Altos
My Jubaeopsis cafra is splitting into two as they typically do. My question is: Has anyone attempted to keep theirs a single? I'd like it to grow more like a coconut would and it's also in close proximity to a big mature Howea and a Queen x Bu x Ju so I don't want multiple stems. Anybody ever do that?