Hey guys! I'm toying with the idea of splitting up my cluster of four kentias into four individual pots. During this process my idea is to convert them from soil to a semi-hydro setup using Leca.
I was inspired by the following thread concerning palms in Leca, specifically the impressive success story by user wimmie of two very large howeas growing semi hydro in pure Leca.
My questions/concerns about the process are the following:
-I've heard a lot about how sensitive kentias roots are and I'd want to go about separating my cluster in the best possible way, so any advice on how to do that without shocking/killing the plants would be much appreciated.
-Part of transitioning a plant to semi hydro is washing ALL soil and organic matter off of the roots before placing in Leca, and I'm wondering if this extra rinsing and cleaning of the roots/root ball is a mistake given the delicate nature of kentias roots, and general ideas as to the best way to go about this. (mine are currently growing in a fast draining sandy soil mix with a generous amount of lava rock)
-My plan is to transfer them into Lechuza pots with an internal reservoir but any recommendations or advice on the best type of pot to use for a large semi hydro format would also be appreciated.
-If I do end up pulling the trigger, should I wait until spring to do so? (This palm cluster is currently growing with virtually no natural light and is provided 10 hrs of led grow light each day. They've put out two new fronds this year and seem to be very happy in this setup)
I attached a pic of my howea cluster for reference, the tallest of the four is around 6' tall. If I end up going ahead with everything I'll be sure to document the process and keep this thread updated with their progress. Thanks in advance everyone!
First time posting, been reading the forum for almost a year and loving the community.
Found this palm on the side of the road - it was used to stage a house and discarded- it’s now inside, humidifier running as I have other tropical plants, and is raised up out of cat reach next to a North facing window due to space
Apartment has 12’ high ceilings, I’ve also got large windows facing West and potentially a South facing window (if I move my tropics and succulents).
The fronds are browning quite severely and I’m slowly increasing my watering as I don’t want to shock it. It has a new frond coming up and it’s still growing well despite the ice cold temps the night I rescued it (-1 degrees C).
I don’t want to repot it - and have read up on the dangers, but is there a way to dump out the soil and replace is with a well draining tropical mix with orchid bark without disturbing the roots?
The soil isn’t holding any moisture, and drains slower than I’d like. It’s probably dirt cheap from a garden centre.
Please let me know what you guys see in this one, I know it’s essentially doomed because of the climate here but if I can get it to next summer I can use a friend’s greenhouse all summer.
Pictures are a couple weeks old, I drilled new holes into the pot for drainage, added a large mixing bowl inside the decorative pot to elevate the inner pot out of any water.
My gardens have been in place for over 10 years so many of my palms have grown to maturity. However, I still lose individual plants over the course of a year, which give me opportunities to sort through palms I've grown from seeds to fill gaps in the yard. Since fall began I have planted the following plants, including one Areca catechu semi dwarf and five Areca catechu dwarfs that demanded to go into the ground.
Areca catechu semi dwarf - replaced a fading Livistona nitida
Areca catechu dwarf #1 - replaced a dead Satakentia on east side of jungle
Areca catechu dwarfs #2 & #3 - on east side of house
Areca catechu dwarf #4 on west side of house - replaces dead Chambeyronia Hookeri
Areca catechu dwarf #5 - west side of jungle in place of dead Livistona jenkinsiana
This palm, although a dwarf compared to the standard A. catechu, has grown into quite a stout, robust little palm. Definitely not a wall flower and super
Probably about 10 years old from a one gallon.
So I know, I know.... palms and Michigan, and we have had this discussion many times before.
I have had bad luck with keeping palms alive, obviously, but I feel I have chosen the wrong ones. Plenty of us have had this discussion and I know plenty of you are able to do it. (Yes, KinzyJr, I am referring to you —and others)
So. What do you think? I am looking at a pygmy date palm, a Christmas palm, or a cycid that has a similar silhouette to the other two mentioned. It would be in a pot in my office, which has a window but I’d say partial sun as opposed to full sun. (I do also have a grow lamp in there that my hardy fig has loved but that wasn’t good enough for my coconut baby, RIP.) It’s hot and very humid in the summer—70s-90s—but the winter is extremely dry and we tend to keep the furnace at 69-71.
Not A TA also mentioned sending something, too, since I had bad luck with my seeds (idk what it is with seeds and me), which is AMAZING and so kind, so there will be more conversation regarding indoor palm health at that time, I am sure.
Also, once I’m done watching YouTube church, I’ll post the links of the trees in the shop I am looking at. I am willing to bet that someone here is familiar with the shop.
Thank you so much!!!!!