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Okinawa garden update fall 2021

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Hi,

 

I thought it is time for a little update of my garden - if you are interested in some palmy images, please follow me.

First of all, we had two typhoons last and this month, not that strong but strong enough to shake some palms up.

Secondly, I witnessed during spring a massive attack by propably "an army" of rhinoceros beetles on all of my trunking

palms - some of them got damaged really badly. It was not nice to find more and more palms infested every other morning,

but I think I might get it under control someday...

However, enough of "talking" - let's go...

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The area near the entrance. The two Cocos nucifera with the strong lean were almost blown over two years ago. But they recovered well, until they got attacked be the

rhinoceros beetle this spring. They are hanging in so far.

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The left one dropped its first ripe coconuts, I potted them up at the spot were they have been when I found them. Let's see, if they sprout naturally.

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The right one's lean looks really cool, it is right now growing its first spathe. (In the background you can see a heavily 

damaged Washingtonia robusta.

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Now in the ground for six or more years, D. pembana finally taking off. (seed grown)

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Next to it,  an A. alexandrae, seeding the first time after seven years. (seed grown)

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Not really wind proof but standing its ground - C. samoense. (seed grown)

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Shakin' up, too - but pushing spear after spear, C. umbraculifera.

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Not looking the best after two typhoons and the beetle's attack, my beloved V. joannis. (seed grown)

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Super healthy and doing very well, D. decaryi. (from home depot years ago)

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H. forsteriana - heavily attacked by beetles, endless spear pulls but fighting on. (years ago from home depot)

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Storm proof and bullet proof (sickness, beetles,..) our local hero - Satakentia liukiuensis. Since I have to be aware of the neverending

threat by typhoons I am now growing a few of them to be planted - just in case that a very strong typhoon might wipe out a large 

number of my other, non-indigenous palms...(of course all of my S.L. are grown from picked up seeds)

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After replanting a couple of years ago, doing very well - D. album. (seed grown)

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A bit older its "cousin" - D. album var. aureum. (seed grown) /(Fortuantely I found the beetle while still outside the trunk...)

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Now recovering from a spear jam - C. macrocarpa.(seed grown)

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Got attacked when still very young but recovered well - D. leptocheilos. (seed grown)

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A bit packed this spot but growing steadily - my seed grown Indian Cocos nucifera. (from an Indian vegetable shop in Tokyo)

 

 

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From almost the same region - B. nicobarica. (seed grown)

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Already a beauty - B. fenestralis. (seed grown)

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My larges "Alfie" - two meters/six feet tall. Growing very well in this spot. (seed grown)

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Very slow but steady - C. ponapense. (seed grown)

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Still tiny but looking somehow "cute" - Saribus rotundifolia. (seed grown)

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Took some damages by the typhoons - P. pacifica. (seed grown)

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Leaves are stiff like nails - Copernicia hospita. (seed grown)

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Very slow but now I cleared the spot and it gets much more sun - Copernicia fallaensis. (seed grown)

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A bit wimpy but does well so far - Wodyetia bifurcata. (seed grown)

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Planted out after two years ago and still small - Lytocarium wedellianum. (seed grown)

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Veitchia metiti - the Veitchia species is easy over here. Absolute trouble free when not on the radar of the beetle. (seed grown)

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Another "Alfie" - just beautiful!

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Now one year in the ground - Hydriastele ramsayi. (seed grown)

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I cleared this spot for this beauty to give it more sun - Neoveitchia brunnea. (seed grown, sprouted last year's spring)

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Cocos nucifera grown from a coconut I found on the beach. 

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Feeling well in the shade, C. metallica. (home depot years ago)

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The same for this one - L. ramsayi (seed grown) - and...

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...this one - Licuala naumannii. (seed grown)

Moving around the house, passing a big and bigger getting...

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Elaeis guineensis. (seed grown) Not really wind proof but it pushes two, three spears all the time.

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Looking back - my beloved fern trees. Actually not possible to grow on Miyako island - but two of the ten I tried got a hold in the 

ground and do well now.

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I guess I collected those Arenga seeds two years ago - nothing happened and now they are popping up everywhere - here controlled...

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...and somewhere else... (those on left)

However, on the back side of the house...

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...a whole spot just for this beauty - Bismarckia nobilis. (seed grown)

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Right behind the house...

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My Washi and L. chinensis groove. (seed grown) In their shade...

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Two H. forsteriana. There were clumps of seven or more together - they were sold that way - and they seemed to rot. So I cut them

down to one and it looks like it helped the remaining two (singles) to recover.

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Here the other one.

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This Sabal (I guess) grows like crazy - not really much sun with high humidity at this spot. (from a seed I found somewhere) 

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Opposite back side - P. rupicola. (seed grown) This beauty was almost eaten down by the beetles - I pulled at least two of them out of

crown. This one looked awful for months but is now on its way back.

Finally - probably a wrong planting -

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The base of a five or max six year old P. sylvestris. (seed grown) I had to move outside of the property to take this picture...

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That one is getting huge - but I like it. I hope I can keep it as long as possible. We will see.

Finally the bullpen -

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Just two or three examples of the youngest generation...

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V. splendida

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Rhopaloblaste elegans.

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D. album var. conjugatum.

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I got them through their second winter - C. renda.

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Some more H. ramsayi.

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P. borsigianum.

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C. savoryanum.  (grown from a seed delivery from the Bonin islands)

Finally the youngest sprout...

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C. berteroana.

Alright, I hope you liked this little update and thank you for your time! 

Best regards from Okinawa -

Lars

 

 

 

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@palmfriend Looks like a really nice slice of paradise to me!  You have a wonderful garden with a lot of variety.  Very masterfully done!

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On 9/19/2021 at 10:38 PM, kinzyjr said:

@palmfriend Looks like a really nice slice of paradise to me!  You have a wonderful garden with a lot of variety.  Very masterfully done!

Very kind of you, thank you very much! My latest seed purchase contained some PNG palms and they are right now starting to sprout. It is absolutely fascinating to be able to grow so many different species - if they will reach maturity, we will see...

Since your garden has a wide range of species as well, I'm always looking forward your updates, too!

Lars

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