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Creation of my Hawaiian Garden - Horizon View Hilo

Hilo Jason

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3 hours ago, realarch said:

Jason, John,sounds like a PRA in the making. Gee I haven’t that term in a long time. 


Let's do it!  Maybe we can make a day of it and stop by several gardens?  

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8 hours ago, Dusty CBAD said:

Hahah o man that cracked me up, one of the most beautiful gardens on Palmtalk yet there’s still that one struggling palm…

Thanks for all the pics, including your old updates from Fallbrook garden. Shows someone like me who’s just starting out what I have to look forward to someday.


Even here in paradise, there are still plants that just don't want to grow, or get attacked by fungus, pests, pigs, etc...  I guess the difference here is that it's pretty easy (and affordable) to get replacement plants.  So I am not as attached to individual plants as I was in California because it was a much longer process of really babying the palms to get them to a nice place in California.  

That said, I still do have a few favorite plants here that I would hate to lose.  The kind of plants that I can't easily get back ups for.  Holy grail type palms, weird hybrids, etc...  I have a Cyphokentia here in my garden that I want to move to my new property but am torn at the idea of digging it and possibly killing it vs letting it stay and in a few years I don't live here at this house anymore so can't enjoy it anyways.   First world palm problems! 

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2 hours ago, iDesign said:

Wow, if a palm isn't thriving in HAWAII then not a lot of hope for it here in CA. Mine was a last minute "what the heck" addition to a Floribunda order (even though I'd read it's painfully slow). Your experience with it confirms that the leucomalla is going in my "probably not, but hang out here (out of sight) just in case you're cool someday" area. No spot in the yard unless it earns it... many many years from now.

Looking forward to seeing the DD hybrid at some point... no rush though (just curious what mine might grow to look like).

Thanks again... especially for revealing that HI palms aren't always picture-perfect :rolleyes:

Here’s a sneak peak of the Leucomalla I just planted on the coast. This is in a 15 gallon pot. For the past year it’s been in full sun, being acclimated for the new property. At the size I got it at (large 5 gallon) it was no longer a slow palm and pushed several new leaves a year. Nothing like the smaller ones. So maybe these speed up?  Or maybe this one just has good genetics? 


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5 hours ago, Hilo Jason said:

Here’s a sneak peak of the Leucomalla I just planted on the coast. This is in a 15 gallon pot...

I like that approach... Palm not doing well = buy a BIGGER one (lol). That one looks fabulous, and will be fun to watch it (hopefully) grow over the years :wub2:

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  • 1 month later...

A few updated pictures for you all, starting off with the king of the garden - Rocky!


Dypsis Heteromorpha growing in deep shade, showing some nice red fuzz:


On one of my first visits to Floribunda (almost 5 years ago), Suchin pointed out a very small 4” Dypsis Albofarinosa and she said it was a hybrid.  I don’t know how she could tell at that size as I didn’t see any difference.  Fast forward several years and it’s definitely showing it’s hybrid traits:





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Dypsis Mananjarensis after a leaf base just fell off!


The ladies posing to give scale:


Dypsis Prestoniana Hybrid - this is the smaller one of the 2 I have in the ground here!!!


And a couple of Heliconias to close out the post. The dark red flower is “black magic”. I forget the name of the other. 


thanks for looking. Happy growing! 

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  • 8 months later...

Going through some photos on my phone and thought I would post a few here as updates. Just some random shots from the past few months. 







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Holi Cannoli!! I've been a bad person and it showed the last time I saw your thread was 2019!! (Too much racin)

Wow! So cool! How is that ambanja doing? They have proven very difficult over here.  I know that magnifica from you is doing great! Some day, someday I hope to visit!!

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Zone 10a at best after 2007 AND 2013, on SW facing hill, 1 1/2 miles from coast in Oceanside, CA. 30-98 degrees, and 45-80deg. about 95% of the time.

"The great workman of nature is time."   ,  "Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience."

-George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon-

I do some experiments and learning in my garden with palms so you don't have to experience the pain! Look at my old threads to find various observations and tips!

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4 hours ago, BS Man about Palms said:

Holi Cannoli!! I've been a bad person and it showed the last time I saw your thread was 2019!! (Too much racin)

Wow! So cool! How is that ambanja doing? They have proven very difficult over here.  I know that magnifica from you is doing great! Some day, someday I hope to visit!!

No worries Bill, glad you're checking out the thread and getting caught up!  

My largest Ambanja died rather suddenly.  The new spear was pushing 10' tall and it rotted and pulled.  I treated it with peroxide as well as some systemic bug killer, but never seemed to recover.  Thankfully I have another here in the Hilo garden, it's just never grown as fast as that larger one.  And I was able to find one more a couple of years ago at Floribunda so that one is in the ground at our new property and doing well.  

Nice to hear that Magnifica is doing well for you.  Funny that I still need to find one (or more) here for my garden.  That's a tough plant to find!  Pretty amazing that I had several of them in Fallbrook! 😂

Definitely come this way for a visit sometime, would be great to have you here. 

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