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19 minutes ago, Eric in Orlando said:

Someone has recently planted a bunch of mature Coconuts in downtown Orlando at Central and Paramore. The building is being rehabbed, not sure what is going on there.

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hmm. Nice though. 

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Some very nice looking palms in this thread. Here is the progression of my coconut palm from spring this year to today in central Florida. It was unhealthy when I got it in the mail lots of leaf spots and loaded with different pest and molds but after several months of recovery it's doing alright. It grows fronds pretty slowly is that normal for a young coconut or do they grow fronds quicker as they get older and larger? The last 2 pics are from this week, about a 5 month progression.

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7 hours ago, Plantking165 said:

Some very nice looking palms in this thread. Here is the progression of my coconut palm from spring this year to today in central Florida. It was unhealthy when I got it in the mail lots of leaf spots and loaded with different pest and molds but after several months of recovery it's doing alright. It grows fronds pretty slowly is that normal for a young coconut or do they grow fronds quicker as they get older and larger? The last 2 pics are from this week, about a 5 month progression.

Seems like it grew this season.  They seem to get to a point where they are established and then take off.  Be careful with them this winter.  We may not be as spoiled in regard to absolute low temperature as we have been the last couple of years.

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone (2012): 9b | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (1985, 1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a | 30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Definitely gonna prepare for the worse, I'm going to get a heating cable if I can find one and wrap the it around tbe palm and a tarp. Those 2 should do the trick to keep it warm enough this winter 

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those coconut palms at Central Blvd and Westmoreland in Orlando are going to create the canopy for the outdoor section of a new nightclub/bar. 

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I flew in and out of Sanford Intl. Airport recently (so much easier and better than OIA).  The front of the terminal faces south and there are some nice protected alcoves with some fruiting Adonidia and Caryota mitis. Quite a few seedlings under some of the Adonidia.  (There is also a nice Phoenix X Cocos :D:D:D).

 

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Eric

Orlando, FL

zone 9b/10a

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The recent warmer winters and abundance of coconuts at box stores for low prices is driving up the coconut tour. If you drive down Conway Rd from Lake Underhill to Racetrac in Belle Isle, there are at least 5 sightings off the road. The one just past Curry Ford is the largest. Likely trunking. Just saw this one across from Racetrac today.  There are also 2 large coconuts, both trunking and fruiting, off Reddit Rd.

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I cleaned up my coconut tree last weekend. You can start to see it over my house when driving down the road.

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On 9/29/2021 at 8:53 AM, Eric in Orlando said:

I flew in and out of Sanford Intl. Airport recently (so much easier and better than OIA).  The front of the terminal faces south and there are some nice protected alcoves with some fruiting Adonidia and Caryota mitis. Quite a few seedlings under some of the Adonidia.  (There is also a nice Phoenix X Cocos :D:D:D).

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I really like the Mitis trimmed up to 3 trunks + 3 more short ones.  I may have to try that with one of mine that has become super-clustering.  To avoid root rot, do you just cut them slightly above ground level and put some fungicide on it?  Or just slice and leave it?  Maybe they just don't care if individual trunks are sliced out?

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On 9/29/2021 at 8:53 AM, Eric in Orlando said:

I flew in and out of Sanford Intl. Airport recently (so much easier and better than OIA).  The front of the terminal faces south and there are some nice protected alcoves with some fruiting Adonidia and Caryota mitis. Quite a few seedlings under some of the Adonidia.  (There is also a nice Phoenix X Cocos :D:D:D).

 

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Here is my 2 year 4 month old Adonidia merrillii "SanfordAirportensis" from seed found on the sidewalk in the vicinity of the palms.  I think these are the the northernmost outdoor reproductive colony of the species in the CONUS.

Thank you for sharing the updated photos Eric.  I also actually like the Caryota when trimmed up in that fashion.  Otherwise I think they look ratty and messy in general except the single trunked giants like Caryota no.

-Michael

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4 hours ago, palmsOrl said:

Adonidia merrillii "SanfordAirportensis"

I love this!  LOL

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone (2012): 9b | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (1985, 1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a | 30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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I came across a couple palms in downtown Clermont. Downtown sits on the south side of Lake Minneola. The lake is about 2 miles across. It is also very hilly so there is probably good cold air drainage.

Pritchardia sp., Not sure which, maybe a Hawaiian species and a Hyophorbe lagenicaulis   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eric

Orlando, FL

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Also nearby is a nice Royal Poinciana and a huge Mango tree. The Mango is in the yard of a late 1800s house. It has a big base and 2 or 3 trunks so must have frozen back in the 12/89 freeze.

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Eric

Orlando, FL

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3 years apart. Beccariophoenix alfreddii. Good growth. Very consistent growth year round. Truck for scale. 

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Came across this front yard in Taft, halfway between Hunters Creek and the airport. Near 4th st and Orange. 

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Saturday morning I did a 5k in Longwood. Part of the route went through some neighborhoods northwest of downtown Longwood. I didn't see many bigger or mature zone 10 palms but did see lots of young, common ones (Wodyetia, Dypsis lutescens, Adonidia, etc.) Did find a nice Dypsis decaryi and a pair of Wodyetia. Also a really good size Delonix regia. This is an open location without really any lake influence.

 

 

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Eric

Orlando, FL

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A couple of Coconus growing well in Forest City, west of Altamonte Springs.

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Eric

Orlando, FL

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone (2012): 9b | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (1985, 1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a | 30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Some younger Coconuts a few blocks from my house in Altamonte Springs. These face south so get early morning in with a windblock to the north.

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Eric

Orlando, FL

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And an update on the mature coconut a block from my house. It has fruit for the 2nd year in a row.

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Eric

Orlando, FL

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2 hours ago, Eric in Orlando said:

Wow, those are some nice specimens, all in Forest City area?

Yes, these are near Bear Lake.

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone (2012): 9b | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (1985, 1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a | 30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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32 minutes ago, kinzyjr said:

Yes, these are near Bear Lake.

I need to explore around there. On Bear Lake Rd. there's a mature Hyophorbe verschaffeltii that's been growing in the open for years and some flowering size Royal Poinciana. That area used to be a real cold pocket. But now development has taken over and the urban heat island keeps expanding out.

Look on Maitland by Bear Lake Rd. There's a big fruiting Wodyetia, Royal Poinciana, Mast Trees and tropical fruits visible over the tall walls.

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Eric

Orlando, FL

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I live just off of lake Brantley, in Longwood FL, about 300 yards West of the lake. There’s a few 20’+ Roystonia regia directly on the waterfront in back yards, (will get photos soon) and this coco just a few blocks away. This coco is on the NW side of the lake,  not sheltered much from the main lake affect, I believe. 

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The back of this house faces Markham Woods Rd. north of 434 in Longwood. There are 3 Roystonea regia in the back, hard to get all 3 in a photo.  This is a colder area and I have seen them burned several times over the years. Thy also have some nice Wodyetia and there is Adonidia at the entrance to the neighborhood.

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Eric

Orlando, FL

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These Roystonea were planted in the last couple months. They are along Markham Woods Rd. just south of Markham Rd., in the Sylvan Lake area (across from Markham Woods Middle School). This is also a colder area so will be interesting to see how they fare.

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Eric

Orlando, FL

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It's amazing how many Hyophorbe lagenicaulis are planted around Orlando nowdays.

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Eric

Orlando, FL

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I just came across this brand new planting of three Archontophoenix in the Windermere area of Orlando, off of cr-535 in front of the Summer Port neighborhood. Hope these fare well this upcoming winter. What do you think about the timing of this planting, going into winter? 

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5 hours ago, Fishinsteeg234 said:

I just came across this brand new planting of three Archontophoenix in the Windermere area of Orlando, off of cr-535 in front of the Summer Port neighborhood. Hope these fare well this upcoming winter. What do you think about the timing of this planting, going into winter? 

Guess I could say that it isn't advised to plant them this late, but then again, we've all gotten a bit brave because of the milder winters we've had.

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone (2012): 9b | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (1985, 1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a | 30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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On 12/4/2021 at 2:28 PM, Eric in Orlando said:

It's amazing how many Hyophorbe lagenicaulis are planted around Orlando nowdays.

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I planted mine in 2015. It was about 12 inches tall. 

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Are those Tabebuia impetiginosa I see in full bloom around my neighborhood? I usually see this in early Feb, which would be a good 40 days ahead of schedule. Anybody else notice this?

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Yes (now known as Handroanthus impetiginosus).  I have started seeing some flower around. Also a few Handroanthus chrysotrichus have stared (gold with the sandpapery leaves).

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Eric

Orlando, FL

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Here is a update from today of the 2 Coconuts growing at smashburger across from Fashion Square Mall near downtown Orlando.

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Eric

Orlando, FL

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Walked around the University of Central Florida campus on January 3rd. 

Temperate species include: Willow oak, pond pine, longleaf pine, southern magnolia, red maple, sweetgum, tulip tree, loblolly bay, southern red cedar, and winged elm.

 

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I was in the Ivanhoe area just north of downtown Orlando this morning. Several mature Dypsis lutescens growing in protected courtyards.

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Orlando, FL

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