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  2. sevapalms

    Most Cold Hardy Butia?

    Thanks! I now think I’m going to get one of those for a butia, given how hardy I’ve heard they are. Are they relatively slow or fast growers?
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  4. Hilo Jason

    How Bout a 'Color' thread?

    Dypsis Ovobontsira opening a new leaf.
  5. Hilo Jason

    Anyone growing Clinostigma Gronophyllum

    Thanks for the information and picture of yours Mike! Looking good and I hope it continues to grow well for you.
  6. Hilo Jason

    Anyone growing Clinostigma Gronophyllum

    Wow, excellent pictures! Thanks for taking the time to take them and post them!
  7. Mike at MB Palms showed me a lytocaryum last weekend that he said had no damage in the high 20's. I forget the species, but he's easy to reach. It was a very nice looking small palm, and from what he says it sounds very tough.
  8. Ryan, thanks for posting all your wonderful pictures. It was a fun day and nice to see so many come out. And big thanks to Mike for opening up his garden. It never gets old. Jeff
  9. - 8:56AM - The stash had, so far, a 7 gal. Areca concinna, a 1 gal. Licuala sp. 'Yal Bral', a 1 gal. palm I do not remember, a 1 gal. Hydriastele wendlandiana (rostrata) and a tall 1 gal. Hydriastele pinangoides. (B) Zoo patrons began to arrive as nine o'clock was upon us. We began a habit of leaving the center part of the walkway clear so patrons could flow back and forth. - Having a sale within walking distance of the parking lot has its advantages. Larry carries a Bromeliad, a Calathea and a 3 gal. Bush Clover for a customer parked nearby. (B) Customers and patrons began to mingle as a single group in front of the booth, as the Zoo was about to open. - A view of the booth from one corner. We made the paths circle around, forming a grid so they are more free flowing. (B) Further inwards, the table on the left held the Aroids as a large 7 gal. Phoenicophorium borsigianum unfolds its leaves, taking up a considerable footprint in the far right corner. If you look closely, the new spear leaf was starting to open. - On the right, a third table was following the shade line along the first tent and held more of the smaller palm species. (B) Jeff was helping one customer with the Rainbow Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus deglupta. Ryan
  10. NC_Palms

    New Orleans palm photos

    NOLA is definitely a fun city. I hope to go back one day.
  11. - 8:47AM - When we were laying out the booth, it was all from scratch, writing the guide as we went and taking mental notes for next time. We had Palms next to foliage plants and Bromeliads stuck in where ever they would fit, kinda like how they were loaded and transported in the trailer. That large fan leaf to the right of center belonged to a Kerriodoxa elegans. (B) Customers began to arrive with their own carts. - The color display was being operated by the Bromeliads in a big way. The Crotons had their own section across the walkway and were performing the same task. - Larry assists a customer with a 7 gal. Licuala peltata, as different stashes began to form, here, there and everywhere. This was before we figured out to make a holding area. Actually, the holding area figured itself out. (B) The tables were getting looked over, from end to end, as the compact nature of the selection required customers to go plant to plant. - Out front, the corner of full sun palms was the first thing customers saw as they arrived. They formed a sorta 'palm flag' to wave people over to the booth, even though it was not hard to find. (B) Eagle-eyed Jeff takes a post out in front of the booth, to spot any problems or to answer questions as they arose. Larry carries plants over to form a temporary stash out in front of the booth. Ryan
  12. IdahoPalmGuy

    Med fan palm flowering in Idaho

    I have seen very few people trying palms in our area but that's not to say there aren't more. The only palms I have seen tried here have been windmill palms. I do have a couple of them and have lost a couple as well. The thing I don't like about windmills is if they defoliate they don't grow back as quickly. A couple years ago I decided to try a California fan palm and it has gone through 2 winters now. The fronds do get burnt a little from the cold but it's mostly the wetness in winter that damages the fronds. The thing I like about themy is that they grow back a lot faster than windmills.
  13. Mike in LB

    Majesty Palms’ Majesty

    This is a majesty palm in my brother's old place in Long Beach. Photo was taken in 2008. Mike Arends Leilani Estates, Hawaii
  14. - 8:36AM - As the early morning setup continued, Larry Searle arrived. (B) The first path and 'rows' of Palms were outside the tent and were positioned here in part on display, and part shading other plants. That big, silvery 45 gal. Copernicia ekmanii on the left became involved in another impromptu visit and tour on Sunday, when the new owner needed it to be delivered to his incredible yard and collection. - Early birds began to arrive and they were not here for the Zoo, even at a half hour before we opened. First one then two, then more as time went on. (B) The right side of the booth was dedicated to some of the more shade-required palms, Bromeliads in large pots and the Flowering Trees. - The first of many familiar faces we saw this day, Forum member Meg Price (PalmatierMeg), along with her husband, were among the early birds greeted by Jeff. (B) The first row of tables held the gallon and smaller palm species. With the rarer ones towards the front, the species were in rows, where there were more than one available. - The second large tent held tables loaded with Bromeliads, organized by genus or required light level. The Bromeliads were just as popular as the Palms. Ryan
  15. Another zone 10 palm in the Bear Lake/Lockhart area, Hyophorbe verschaffeltii. Normally this is a colder, open area but there also used to be a decent flowering Delonix regia at a nearby house. It was lost in Hurricane Irma. Sorry its blurry as I was driving.
  16. buffy

    Most Cold Hardy Butia?

    So like a BuJu or a JuBu would be a lot tougher and only need protection once or twice a season once they have some meat on them.
  17. That's a really good growth rate it seems to me. Congrats.
  18. mdsonofthesouth

    Spring is not my friend in Chicago...

    Because we are still in a solar maximum hence why things are still semi mild. It's a 11year cycle. https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/news-articles/solar-minimum-is-coming https://www-almanac-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.almanac.com/news/astronomy/astronomy/solar-minimum-approaching-mini-ice-age?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1&amp&usqp=mq331AQCCAE%3D#aoh=15558922369513&amp_ct=1555892280058&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From %1%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.almanac.com%2Fnews%2Fastronomy%2Fastronomy%2Fsolar-minimum-approaching-mini-ice-age
  19. Just started a regular photo topic on the sale in the Main sub-forum: Link: https://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/59963-so-it-begins-the-first-naples-palm-sale-palm-tour/ Ryan
  20. Tracy S

    How Bout a 'Color' thread?

    Yes. Areca macrocalyx red. Very beautiful and well grown.
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  22. The First... Naples Exotic Palm & Tropical Plant Sale (and tour) April 13th & 14th, 2019 Presented by: Searle Brothers Nursery, Inc. & The Rainforest Collection® Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens Link: Naples Zoo Website Since the summer of last year, the idea of the nursery exhibiting a plant sale in the Naples area began to take form. The location of the Naples Zoo became the obvious choice, due to its location within Naples and the interpersonal contact we have had with the Zoo's horticultural staff for some time now. The exact location of the sale began to float around the Zoo, until an expanse of grass and planting area adjacent to the Zoo's entrance was chosen as the site. One of the first exploratory missions to the Zoo to work on the sale idea, was carried out last October during a delivery trip: Topic - The Naples Zoo... With the location and date set, all we needed to do is to figure out what to bring, Palms of course, but how many and what species.. and what other plants? As it was a brand new event, the possibilities and choices were almost endless, not to mention the setup plan for the booth, as for many of us, it remained site unseen. The plan became a common one: bring as many different palms as possible along with representatives of bromeliads, crotons and tropical flowering trees. This topic could be considered a continuance of the one started in the For Sale sub-forum (Topic - Naples Sale) as the last photos in that topic were taken two days prior to the beginning of this one. As Friday came, we traveled across the state and began to form the booth in our minds, arriving to find a blank canvas as it were, minus an art sculpture and a bright purple fire hydrant. In the direct sun and record heat, the booth took form, using every bit of real estate and all four tents brought. Through the course of the day, plants were positioned, moved, then moved again. Signs went out in force as close to 200 taxa were represented. It was busy, chaotic and invigorating all at the same time. When primary setup was completed, the small stuff had to wait for the following morning as Jeff and I were invited to a late-day visit to the home and collection of renown plantsman Bob Alonzo, whose property was a short drive from the Zoo. Daylight was failing, so many of the photos I took were not the best, considering the short amount of time we had to look around. Bob has his own blank canvas to work on, as he has only been at the property for less than two years. He has some amazing ideas for the property and it will be interesting to see them unfold in the future. Note: I had a rather interesting surprise happen to me halfway through Saturday. I was treated to a whirlwind tour of the Naples Palm scene and local plant history. It had been decades since my last visit to the area, so it was all new to me. I will go into greater detail as it comes up in the topic, but it originally started out as a trip to find, see and photograph the long regarded mythical Carpoxylon or 'Sasquatch' as some people call it. It has supposedly resided somewhere in Naples for close to 30 years. Photos of it have been posted before, but I haven't seen it myself and I constantly hear stories of people who try and track it down and they can't. Then on the flip side, stories of people who have stumbled upon it, but had no camera (mostly back in the 90's). Saturday, April 13th - 8:31AM - So it begins... With no expectations and a lot of enthusiasm, we arrived at the Zoo about a half hour before we were scheduled to open. As our booth and sale location was in close proximity to the Zoo entrance (to be remodeled in the near future) we shared the walkway with visitors. It gave us not only the chance to meet those heading into the Zoo, but it gave patrons two chances to notice the plant sale, either going to or coming from, the parking lot. - The grassy area or plot that served as the sale locale is situated along the main walkway (concrete) to and from the Zoo entrance building. The winding road to the parking lot that feeds in from Goodlette-Frank Road runs left and right behind the booth. (B) Originally, we figured on all the plants fitting on one side of the walkway, but that didn't quite work out... - We also planned on having no plants on the concrete, but that did not work out either as space became a premium. Luckily, the selection of full sun species, notably many of the Caribbean palms, were happy to oblige and occupy the spot. The nearby parking spaces were cordoned off to leave them as a loading zone. Those light blue bars at the left of the image belong to a three-wheeled bike or trike that was locked up at the bicycle parking rack. (we had to move plants, as we originally had it blocked). Oops. (B) A few of the booth, from the opposite side... - The second walkway through the booth, from front to back, went under one of the white tents, bordered at the front with two separate palm groupings; Cyphophoenix nucele on the left and multiple sizes of Verschaffeltia splendida on the right. The larger C. nucele was still tied up from transport, as we were getting things setup. (B) At the center tent, Jeff Searle and Michelle Searle get the sale material ready and make sure everything works. Those palms on the right near the Bromeliads were different sizes of Cyrtostachys loriae. Ryan
  23. So my Ptychosperma completely defoliated this winter after our week long cold snap with ultimate 25f low. It was pushing a spear then. Well fast forward to today. With the heat picking up (mid to upper 90s) I noticed the spear emerging white and brown rot. Gave it a tug and it came right out. Now all that’s left is the trunk. I have two options, 1. Leave it and see if it pushes growth. 2. Dig out and replace with something new. If I do replace it, any ideas on a smaller palm for a area in Phoenix that receives morning sun until Noon? It’s near a patio. Max
  24. UK_Palms

    Spring is not my friend in Chicago...

    You talk about us approaching the solar minimum, but last winter was probably my mildest on record. I didn't have any snow and my lowest was about 22F for about an hour on the coldest of nights. London didn't drop below 27F last winter. So I don't really buy the whole 'solar minimum' affecting temperatures. Although I don't completely disbelieve it. Could the extreme lows and heavy snowfall events you are experiencing in recent years be more to do with a change in the jet stream patterns and prevailing winds allowing cold fronts to seep in? There's got to be other factors at play, surely? The jet stream especially...
  25. PalmatierMeg

    Winter hibernation is over

    Love that palmy conservatory! Welcome to Palmtalk.
  26. Loxahatchee Adam

    Syagrus Kellyana

    Here’s a pic of my little Syagrus kellyana here. It’s possible that it’s a Syagrus kellyana x. Planted about 3 years ago. I had to play around with the exposure from the lighting. Loxahatchee, Florida, US About 20 miles inland It’s gone down to near freezing several times, but quickly warms up the next day
  27. Thanks for posting all the photos Ryan. Total coverage ! Mike's place is fantastic !
  28. George Sparkman


    Happy Easter ! The April plant listings have been updated again to reflect the change in inventory. For details please visit : Cycads-n-Palms.com Thank You for Your interest & Happy Growing ! Please send me an email for further information & related questions.
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