By D Palm
I live in N Florida in between Lake City, Fl and Jacksonville, Fl. I planted this Royal behind my red shed last summer. It took some leaf damage but had since put out a new spear this spring. I clipped the fronds and moved it to a sunny spot. The root ball has grown about 3x the size and I plan on moving it close to the south side facing part of my house to help protect it more. I mulched the base for winter and threw a blanket over it a couple of times. I travel for work so most of the time these palms are not protected. The only spear pull I had were the queens but they are all nicely recovering and everything is very thirsty waiting for summer rains.
Hello I have some sun dried Queen palm seeds with what looks like the seed pulp still attached and I was wondering if anyone knows what my next step should be to germinate them.
Just wondering, according to plantmaps it is zone 8b-9a
My Common Queen & Silver Queen var. litoralis comparison
Been growing both palms at the same location in Lake City (borderline 8b/9a) since 2008. The common queen was planted as a 7 gallon on the south side, the Silver Queen on the north side as a seedling. There are oaks 100ft to the north that disrupt the cold northern winds some.
Couple quick thoughts. The Silver Queen took off the last 2 years and began trunking this year. The common Queen has had a trunk and been fattening a while now… yet they’re both about the same height today. The common Queen has bloomed, the Silver Queen has not. The Silver Queen was moved 2 times, once as a seedling and again as approx 1 gallon size palm.
Some of the more notable differences:
- Silver Queen has more flat/stiff leaflets, common Queen more droopy/plumose
- Silver Queen has a more stiff compact crown. Common Queen more loose and fluffy.
- Silver Queen leaflets have a darker green, slight blue hue. Common Queen is more green to medium green.
- Much more Tomentum on the Silver Queen. (perhaps added crown insulation)
- Leaf bases slightly darker purple on my Silver Queen
As for the biggest factor, cold tolerance, from what I can tell the Silver Queen may be only slightly hardier. Both have experienced some very cold temperatures without protection, 18/19 for a low, many low to mid 20s (2010) and some icy rain (2018). I haven’t been able to observe initial damage and recovery while I was in Jax but I do have some additional progression and cold damage pics I may post later. From what I can tell, leaf damage seems to be slower on the Silver Queen. Also I did lose 1 Silver Queen seedling and 1 three gallon common Queen either after 2008 or 2010 from the cold.
Bottom line, I would say the Silver Queen var. litoralis is not a viable palm to grow anywhere in zone 8b without protection. However if you’re a warm 8b and borderline, you probably can be successful growing this palm a while.
Common Queen 2008
Silver Queen 2008
Common Queen 2020
Silver Queen 2020
Anybody know if I could grow some queen or even king palms in Brookings Oregon (Zone 9b) would coconut trees be off limits?