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My trunking Brazoria, after 7 or 8 years in the ground, has decided it’s time to flower! It has really big fronds and grows under the much taller Trachy so they kind of set each other off…no other Brazorias I know of in my area, so I’ll probably cut the spike when fully extended to direct energy into growing. Really has been a journey with this one…touch and go winter of 2014-15 but here it is today growing like a tortoise…but I do love this palm…watch it send that flower spike out like a lightning bolt and the next frond out like an emerging stalactite…:lol:

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2 minutes ago, GregVirginia7 said:

My trunking Brazoria, after 7 or 8 years in the ground, has decided it’s time to flower! It has really big fronds and grows under the much taller Trachy so they kind of set each other off…no other Brazorias I know of in my area, so I’ll probably cut the spike when fully extended to direct energy into growing. Really has been a journey with this one…touch and go winter of 2014-15 but here it is today growing like a tortoise…but I do love this palm…watch it send that flower spike out like a lightning bolt and the next frond out like an emerging stalactite…:lol:

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2 minutes ago, GregVirginia7 said:

My trunking Brazoria, after 7 or 8 years in the ground, has decided it’s time to flower! It has really big fronds and grows under the much taller Trachy so they kind of set each other off…no other Brazorias I know of in my area, so I’ll probably cut the spike when fully extended to direct energy into growing. Really has been a journey with this one…touch and go winter of 2014-15 but here it is today growing like a tortoise…but I do love this palm…watch it send that flower spike out like a lightning bolt and the next frond out like an emerging stalactite…:lol:

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Correction: Stalagmite…:blush2:

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Allen

Congrats.  Don't cut the flower if you want seeds.

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2 minutes ago, Allen said:

Congrats.  Don't cut the flower if you want seeds.

Is this a male or female palm or does it handle both as one plant? If it’s good all by its lonesome, I’ll wait for seeds…

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Allen

It has both you'll have seeds

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It has both you'll have seeds

Fantastic! That’s exciting news…I’ll see what I can collect…thanks for the lesson.

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steve617

I agree don't cut and congrats. 

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Alex Zone 5

Collect the seeds and make some dough selling them:floor:

By January you'll have a zillions seeds.

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SailorBold

Nice!  Here's to a spring of surprises...  I'd love to see the progress.. its pretty exciting!

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On 5/28/2022 at 6:28 PM, GregVirginia7 said:

My trunking Brazoria, after 7 or 8 years in the ground, has decided it’s time to flower! It has really big fronds and grows under the much taller Trachy so they kind of set each other off…no other Brazorias I know of in my area, so I’ll probably cut the spike when fully extended to direct energy into growing. Really has been a journey with this one…touch and go winter of 2014-15 but here it is today growing like a tortoise…but I do love this palm…watch it send that flower spike out like a lightning bolt and the next frond out like an emerging stalactite…:lol:

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Its awfully small for it to be flowering. The leaves look right for that age, I have grown a bunch of them, but a Doppelgänger is Sabal blackburniana that has been shown to flower at that size. Have you fertilized it with anything high in Phosphorus, or is it high in your soil? I have questioned why some of my adult palms flower and others don't.  They  may skip a season to recharge etc.. Phosphorus is low in palm specialty fertilizer... Most people don't want pollen and seeds in their pool anyhow. But if you want to induce flowering seedsmen might want to give it a boost of Phosphorus maybe in late-late fall or very early spring since that is before sabals and most palms send out flowers.

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I use Palmgain 8-2-12…so 2 seems pretty low…the palm has been in-ground since 2014. It is short in height but has developed about a 5” diameter, 10” tall trunk. The fronds are huge and there are three new ones emerging. Does Blackburniana trunk? The flower spike is now two and very thin compared to the large nature of the fronds and as I thought, pushing out lightning fast.

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The palm must be about ten years old given it looked to be about two years old when it arrived, so maybe it’s size is a little deceiving? I hope it’s a Brazoria but if not, a Blackburniana is fine. Zone 7 palm enthusiasts have to take what we can get and make it live. And this one really was touch and go after the winter of 2014-15. Trial by freezing, I guess.image.thumb.jpg.8d5b679f0b58f8517ae60048c030687f.jpg

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Are there any identifiers on a Brazoria that make it unmistakeable?

 

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2 hours ago, GregVirginia7 said:

I use Palmgain 8-2-12…so 2 seems pretty low…the palm has been in-ground since 2014. It is short in height but has developed about a 5” diameter, 10” tall trunk. The fronds are huge and there are three new ones emerging. Does Blackburniana trunk? The flower spike is now two and very thin compared to the large nature of the fronds and as I thought, pushing out lightning fast.

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The palm must be about ten years old given it looked to be about two years old when it arrived, so maybe it’s size is a little deceiving? I hope it’s a Brazoria but if not, a Blackburniana is fine. Zone 7 palm enthusiasts have to take what we can get and make it live. And this one really was touch and go after the winter of 2014-15. Trial by freezing, I guess.image.thumb.jpg.8d5b679f0b58f8517ae60048c030687f.jpg

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Are there any identifiers on a Brazoria that make it unmistakeable?

 

It looks much older and larger than the first pictures. The fronds look right, the trunk looks odd to me. I believe dna said Brazoria is a hybrid, so maybe there is variability.  Do you recall where it came from?

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Came from Chilly Palms in NC…grows his own stock.

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Sabal Brazoria 

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9 hours ago, Collectorpalms said:

It looks much older and larger than the first pictures. The fronds look right, the trunk looks odd to me. I believe dna said Brazoria is a hybrid, so maybe there is variability.  Do you recall where it came from?

I see what you mean, trunk went skinnier taller instead of wider and piled up leaf bases. 

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On 5/28/2022 at 6:32 PM, GregVirginia7 said:

 

Correction: Stalagmite…:blush2:

Yup.

Stalactites hang tight to the ceiling, stalagmites might reach the ceiling. 

I was a cave tour guide in high school.

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