These 2 were both from the orange big box store. The short yellow one was bought in 12/19 and the other one was mail ordered during the lockdown last year. Both came from Costa Farms.
I'm really trying to figure out why the underpotted one with roots exposed at the top is growing tall and green, while the adequately potted one is bushy and yellow. Both have gotten slow-release Carl Pool fertilizer, every other watering has a drop of Superthrive and a half dose of Alaska fish emulsion, both got some Jobes palm food, both keep pushing new fronds pretty regularly.
But Groot (the yellow one, and my first palm) keeps growing short fronds and gets bushy, and Groot Junior goes vertical. What's a cheap and dirty solution to get Groot green again?
These are one of my favorites. They grow well for me with plenty of water and fertilizer. This was originally planted in probably 2015 or 2016 and was in a 2 gallon pot with 3 others. I let them all grow in the ground for a year or two but then decided to edit out 3 of the 4 so that I could get a big, fat trunk going. Show off your Majesty Palms!
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
I just ordered a couple Bloem Ariana pots and some LECA clay. I'm gonna sacrifice one of my Majesty palms, and my local supermarket has C Cataractarum in 10" pots for $10. Both of these palms are water hogs, so we'll see how it goes. I'll update this thread with pics once everything arrives.
I recently picked up a cluster (20-25) of howea seedlings and separated them into numerous small pots and decided to take a shot at growing them in leca.
I wanted to try out a few different semi-hydro pot/container styles since it's my first time growing these in leca and I wanted to see if some things work better than others. In the picture from left to right we have:
-Lechuza deltini mini filled with lechuza pon and topped with leca
-White ceramic 4" pot with leca in plastic liner
-White ceramic 3" pot with leca in plastic liner
-4" terra cotta pot with leca submerged in marble water reservoir
-Clear 500ml beaker with pure leca, no plastic liner
If anyone has any tips/advice for growing palms in leca (when/what to feed them..) I'm all ears, I'm pretty new to it all. I'll keep the thread updated on their progress, thanks guys!