I got some Sabal minors mail ordered from Ohio yesterday and I was able to plant today. I was shocked how big they were! They look so much smaller in photos, but they were like big kahunas! I was shocked! There were three in the pot, but the root systems were too intertwined and I didn’t wanna risk damaging them. Which is a shame because I much prefer the look of minors when they're not clumped. But oh well lol. My C. Humilis is also flowering! My first palm to do so!
Here’s a little update on my palms after this icy winter! According to Accuweather, our lowest temperature this year was 19°F
1) Trachycarpus Fortunei ‘Bulgaria’ - this was wrapped in a few layers of burlap. It looks great and no spear pull!
2) Sabal ‘Louisiana’ - this was unprotected other than some dead leaves that naturally gathered at the base. This looks stellar as well and it’s starting to get its palmate leaves!
3) Sabal Minor ‘McCurtain’ - unprotected; super slow but still growing!
4) Sabal ‘Louisiana’ #2 - unprotected and exposed to the elements. This poor palm was buried in snow and sleet. The center spear even looked like it was reaching out of the snow for help at one point lolol. Despite this, he’s still trucking! I hope to see some palmate leaves this year!
5) Sabal Uresana - unprotected (other than dead leaves that ended up there naturally). I planted this purely as a hardiness experiment (which is the reason its close to the foundation). The newest spear is over a foot long and keeps the icy blue hue! Let’s see how long before it croaks
6) Sabal Palmetto ‘Mocksville’ - unprotected (dead leaves at base that got there naturally). This one is starting to look like a mini palmetto now! It’s got palmate leaves and I hope for more this summer! I can’t wait for costapalmate leaves to start forming!
7) Trachycarpus Fortunei ‘Bulgaria’ #2 - protected with burlap. this palm is currently my favorite of the bunch! It’s leaves are getting big and no spear pull from the winter! I hope it starts really taking off this year!
The weather is finally going to warm up a little starting next week. My question is does anyone have experience with Needles consistently experiencing night time lows in the upper 20s? I know that they can survive well below that for absolute lows but how about in and out of freezes? I would like to air mine out as it has been covered in leaves and boxed since Thanksgiving. Below is our extended forecast. Thanks!
My Needle Palm (Rhapidophyllum hystrix) is finally flowering! I won’t get any seed off of it (if it is a female, I’m still not sure what it is yet and don’t know how to tell) because I only have one and there are none close by that I know of. But it is still really cool, and is my first palm to ever flower!
New York City is a high end zone 7b, cold hardy palms are very rare, but they’re there if you know where to look. Tropical palms, however, are all over the place during the warmer months.
Sabal minor growing out in the open in Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan:
It’s flowering, hopefully it seeds so I can grab them all lol, anyone want a Manhattan Minor?