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    • James Robert
      By James Robert
      Have a question, I have some 2' to 3' windmill palms in the ground, here in Greenville SC.
      What is a easy way to protect from freeze.
      Is there something I can buy local. Thanks
    • MSX
      By MSX
      Hello everyone! I've been into palms for quite some time but this is my first experience of watching a palm grow from seed, and it happened that this is a Butia. I've been following these recommendations Germinating Butia Seed By Nigel Kembrey. Chamaerops No. 51 - published online 22-04-2005. According to the recommendations, a seed starting soilless medium contains 75% perlite and 25% vermiculite. The medium was watered only once in the beginning before placing the nuts on the top of it, now it's almost bone dry to touch. Having spent nearly a month in a container (7 days of soaking + 21 days on the top of the medium) one of the seeds(nuts) have sprouted


      Two more days and it pulls the nut up burying deeper into the perlite/vermiculite medium

      The article mentioned above suggests the following: "I tend to allow the seedling to develop in the perlite until the leaf is visible, and then lift it out and pot it up. This gives the best survival ratio." So, my question - should I leave the nut like this until it develops the first small green leaf before transplanting it from the soilless medium to a separate container with a regular soil based medium? Or is it okay to move it in to the soil based medium right away? Thanks!
    • Mr.SamuraiSword
      By Mr.SamuraiSword
      Was passing through Macon Georgia last week, and was surprised at some of the palms. Spent around an hour driving around. One place called AP's Hidden Hideaway Restaurant on 4275 Broadway Dr, had some tall Washingtonia Robusta, especially for interior GA.  Quite a bit of winter burn, 30 - 50% of fronds were fried, most fronds had some burn.

      Tallest ones here,

      Some of the worst burn on these,

      These three seemed more like filibusta. thicker trunks and all, and considerably less burn.

      Couple more, volunteer on the bottom right.

      In Washington Park in downtown Macon, were a couple very old Sabal Palmetto, I talked to a few people in a palm forum on FB and they said those palms were there and around the same size 1980s, so these were probably planted at least in the 1940s

      Love that Lolipop Look.


      Quite a few volunteers in the park, two of which were adult palms.


      Across the street from this park, was another large volunteer, growing in a sidewalk.  Shows how long the old ones have been there.

      Quite a few other interesting palms around town, the Hideaway also had quite a few Chinese Fan palms, mixed in with pindos and Washys.




      Plenty of nice pindos around too.


      Nice one in Downtown

      Plenty of other great sabals around too.






      Lots of nice Trachycarpus around, but only got to take photos of these two big ones.


      Young Washingtonia in downtown, looking great.

      Small Chinese Fan in downtown,

      The Hideaway had tons of large Sago Cycads too, total of over 40 sagos at least.




      One even naturalizing. 

      Speaking of volunteers, the downtown region had plenty of sabal volunteers, clearly palms have been present for quite some time.




      More Sagos around town, plenty of big ones.




      Keep in mind I only looked around for about an hour, so this is only the tip of the palm iceburg in Macon

    • The7thLegend
      By The7thLegend
      I was going through old pics and came across this unusual palm I took a photo of at Silver Springs.  At first I thought Phoenix Roebelenii, after a closer examination it looks like an old pygmy Butia.  It's a sweet looking palm and wanted to share.  I would like one for myself now.  What do you think? 
       

    • Marius
      By Marius
      Hi Everyone. I got these two Butias a year or two ago. They were together in a bag, but not labeled. The grower said that they were an unused one but couldn’t remember the species. It now appears that they are two different ones. Or is the purple colour not an identifying feature?  The purple one doesn’t appear to have signs of spines but the green one does. Any ideas on what it could be?


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