I was taking photos of a seeding Zamia when I noticed volunteer palm seedlings popping up around its caudex. I pulled the seedlings but I am unable to place what palm they might have come from. Their leaf shape reminded me of a germinating Licuala but I have no Licualas planted in the yard and none of my potted Licualas has yet to flower. On one of the photos you can see one seedling still holding onto a black pea-sized seed. Does anyone recognize the species in its infant form? I will pot them and grow them up for future photos.
Mystery Palm Seedling
This last photo shows one of the seedlings (far left, circled) in the Zamia pot
I bought a small (7") c. renda seedling from Hawaii about 10 months ago and have been trying to keep it happy here in my Seattle apartment. It's definitely had some ups and downs but I finally have it in a setup that it actually seems to like and wanted to share it on here. It's been in this new pot and setup for approx. 4 months now and it's FINALLY starting to push out new growth.
I have it potted in a 10" lechuza classico self watering planter. It's planted in a homemade pon mixture composed of equal parts white pumice, black lava rock, red lava rock, (all of these 1/4" size), akadama, and zeolite. I keep the reservoir in the planter constantly full with filtered water, and I take out the inner pot weekly to flush the substrate and rinse away any salt buildup. Once monthly I'll replace the water in the reservoir and add a half strength dose of FloraGro 2-1-6 hydroponic nutrient solution.
I've also added a 6" wide seedling heat mat to keep the root structure from getting too cold (winter in Seattle can be very tricky). I basically wrapped/duct taped it around the inner lechuza container so it's warming the root structure and ran the power cord out the watering hole. (see picture) I have it positioned next to my work desk with a mild red/blue grow light directly next to it.
After a bumpy first 6 months it seems like she's finally happy, I'm noticing new leaf spikes on three of four trunks and they are coming in at a decent growth rate. The red color is also starting to develop nicely on the largest trunk. Anyway, just wanted to share my grow with you guys! It's definitely my most intricate/experimental setup, I'll keep this thread updated with her progress over the coming year
I always love to see how people are growing this palm indoors so please add pics and descriptions of what has/hasn't worked for those of you who have experience with it! Thanks for looking
So I’ve had this beautiful palm for a few weeks now I think it’s doing really well.
I bought it as a lipstick palm but multiple people have told me it’s more like to be a “Delight” form. Characterised by the orange crown shaft and bronze color of new emerging leaves. I have been keeping it in a shallow tray of water almost constantly and either have it outside in a sunny spot or inside by a big bright window if the temps drop below about 60f.
It’s summer here in Melbourne so it will be interesting to see if it will survive the winter, even indoors but so far I’m really impressed. All the fronds seem super healthy and every stem seems to have a new emerging leaf.
I have heard this form of C Renda is more hardy in relation to temperatures but I am not sure I want to let my guard down and just leave it outside. Especially as we have a really volatile climate here in Melbourne.
Just sharing some weekend appreciation
I was wondering if it is possible to propagate Cyrtostachys Renda (lipstick palm, sealing wax palm). Any advice on doing this is highly appreciated.
Below is one I bought here in Aruba