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oliver

This is my first post - been lurking for a while though. Great Forum! I live in Brownsville, Texas which is basically zone 10a. I have alot of marginal palms in the ground. I think my biggest problem is the clay soil and salty ground water. Some do well and some don't. I just bought a 40" plastic pot. (terra cotta imitation) I was thinking about putting in a trio of Chambeyronia, but would like some input on how they do in large pots. I have a couple of Christmas palms in a slightly smaller pot, and they are significantly stunted compared to ones of the same age that I put in the ground. The 40" pot is too big to fit in my greenhouse, so I can't put anything in there that won't stand the winter.

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TikiRick

Oliver,

Chamberyonia would be a nice choice...but 3???? They do get huge and I would think it would eventually become stunted as well. Have you thought about a clustering Ptychosperma species? Let me see if I can find the photo of my Chamberyonia here on an old posting.

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JeffreyApolloBeach

How about an Areca vestiaria?  I don't know if this grows well in a pot, the experts here can commnet on this.  I just read the new thread with a couple of photos of it and this is a beautiful palm!!!

Thanks.

Jeffrey

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oliver

I have an Areca vestiaria in a smaller pot and it seems to be doing quite well. I do plan on moving it into the greenhouse for the winter though. Judging by the growth rate of my Chambeyronias, I figure that they would not outgrow the pot in my lifetime.

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Kris

Dear Oliver  :)

welcome to our forum and i hope all your questions will be answered by the Pro's & nursery operating memebers.

and as for the bad soil,i will recomand some soil ammendments methods since you cannot keep bigger varities in the pots or containers for too long a period ?

love,

Kris  :)

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bgl

Oliver,

Welcome to the Forum - glad you decided to become active! Chambeyronia is probably a good choice. Palms of Paradise Nursery here in Hilo typically plant 3 in a pot since the crown is fairly sparse, and with 3 in the same pot it gives a fuller look. Another choice might be Hyophorbe indica.

Aloha!

Bo-Göran

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paulgila

welcome oliver!

i liked the areca vestiara suggestion but bo's is good,too.hyophorbe seem to be an excellent choice for

potted specimens.good luck!

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oliver

I do have a bottle palm in a pot of the same size and it is doing very well, but as with the Christmas palms, it is somewhat stunted, compared to the ones that I have in the ground. I think that being somewhat stunted is good though, since I like bottle palms alot better when they are small. I think they start to look a little ugly when they get taller.  I do have a H. indica growing like crazy in a 15g pot, but I think I will try the Chambeyronias. I will try one of each - watermelon, regular form, and a hookeri.

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bgl

Oliver,

Unless you want to simply have one of each from a collector's point of view, you'd get a much nicer and more concistent, and visually appealing, look if you plant 3 of the same in the same pot. And maybe get a few more pots for the others...

Bo-Göran

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Really full garden

Oliver, have you thought about Thrinax or Cocothrinax?They are somewhat slow growing,drought tolerant - palms in pots need alot of water.I grew up in the Valley .I know how dry and hot it can get there.

                                                                                 Scott

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Dave-Vero

Coccothrinax sounds like a good idea.  Anything that can grow on bare limestone rock in the Florida Keys (and survive occasional saltwater flooding) must be pretty tough.

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SubTropicRay

Thrinax is also a good option.

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