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My Virginia In-Ground Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

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I germinated this Archontophoenix cunninghamiana summer of 2019, and I stuck it in the ground this past spring. I have been wanting to try one with protection just because I thought it would be to have a zone 9b+ palm in a borderlines 7a/7b area. So here it is, my Archontophoenix cunninghamiana with a heating cable just thrown around it covered by an old sheet and a tarp in Central Virginia. I chose this species because I not only like how it looks but because I know they can handle cooler conditions, which is perfect for inside of the protection. I open the bottom flaps to let light in and to give it ventilation during warmer days. It is actually growing inside of the protection too. One day about a month ago I left it uncovered and it got down to 30°F briefly, which burnt some of the fronds and the spear quite a bit. I’ll post updates. 

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DAVEinMB

@PalmTreeDude good luck to you brotha, will def be a cool conversation piece in a couple years 

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EastCanadaTropicals
6 hours ago, PalmTreeDude said:

I germinated this Archontophoenix cunninghamiana summer of 2019, and I stuck it in the ground this past spring. I have been wanting to try one with protection just because I thought it would be to have a zone 9b+ palm in a borderlines 7a/7b area. So here it is, my Archontophoenix cunninghamiana with a heating cable just thrown around it covered by an old sheet and a tarp in Central Virginia. I chose this species because I not only like how it looks but because I know they can handle cooler conditions, which is perfect for inside of the protection. I open the bottom flaps to let light in and to give it ventilation during warmer days. It is actually growing inside of the protection too. One day about a month ago I left it uncovered and it got down to 30°F briefly, which burnt some of the fronds and the spear quite a bit. I’ll post updates. 

74E31FC5-1B27-4C30-88A9-A9D11157FAFF.jpeg

1C253DA5-E37C-4490-A86F-9FF7E46B3FB0.jpeg

Wrap the palm alongside this protection, then you'll be fine. Ill do the same thing for Washingtonia Filibusta once I get seed of it.

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GregVirginia7
On 12/29/2020 at 3:06 PM, PalmTreeDude said:

I germinated this Archontophoenix cunninghamiana summer of 2019, and I stuck it in the ground this past spring. I have been wanting to try one with protection just because I thought it would be to have a zone 9b+ palm in a borderlines 7a/7b area. So here it is, my Archontophoenix cunninghamiana with a heating cable just thrown around it covered by an old sheet and a tarp in Central Virginia. I chose this species because I not only like how it looks but because I know they can handle cooler conditions, which is perfect for inside of the protection. I open the bottom flaps to let light in and to give it ventilation during warmer days. It is actually growing inside of the protection too. One day about a month ago I left it uncovered and it got down to 30°F briefly, which burnt some of the fronds and the spear quite a bit. I’ll post updates. 

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Is that a short variety that can be easily protected as it gets older?

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GregVirginia7
19 hours ago, EastCanadaTropicals said:

Wrap the palm alongside this protection, then you'll be fine. Ill do the same thing for Washingtonia Filibusta once I get seed of 

3 minutes ago, GregVirginia7 said:

Is that a short variety that can be easily protected as it gets older?

Sorry...should have looked it up first...this is a tall one...what are your thoughts as it gets taller?

3 minutes ago, GregVirginia7 said:

Is that a short variety that can be easily protected as it gets older?

 

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Ben in Norcal

Nice man!  Ha!

Your issue is going to be that these grow explosively fast...nothing faster to go vertical in my yard (these and Queens, anyway.)

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PalmTreeDude

That would be great if it got big! 

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climate change virginia

do you have any pictures of it without protection?

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Plantasexoticas

All the best, intrigued to see how you get on with it. I have them growing in pots and definitely pretty fast growing outside. 
 

what are your winters like out of interest?

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