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On 6/8/2022 at 11:04 PM, RedRabbit said:

Where exactly are those tall ones located?

Southern part of Lake Conway in Belle Isle. 

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Trimmed up my coconut. 6 ft of clear trunk now. I can get lots of coconuts but not to maturity. 

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they look young, still. what happens if you leave the nuts on the tree longer? (Do they ever ripen)

 

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On 7/31/2022 at 8:34 PM, donalt said:

they look young, still. what happens if you leave the nuts on the tree longer? (Do they ever ripen)

 

These were about 15 months old.  I think my winters make them unable to reach maturity.  A really warm winter could change that.

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Hello everyone, my first time here on Palmtalk and a new resident of Orlando! I snapped these photos of coconuts and royals around the Oak Ridge area. Last coconut image is near Kissimmee around Osceola Pkwy. 

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A few days back I ran across a large Caryota obtusa in Windermere, looking a little disheveled but growing big in full sun. Also drove by a driveway lined with a dozen trunking coconuts in rural Christmas area, and a large Ficus benghalensis in S Orl. that wants to swallow the house if not maintained like it has been been. 

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@Borderline Tropical Welcome to PalmTalk!  Thank you for sharing!

@Fishinsteeg234 Do you happen to know how long those coconuts have been in the ground?  They look pretty healthy.  Especially considering the image below from Christmas after a relatively uneventful 2021 winter:

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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 8/4/2022 at 9:25 PM, Borderline Tropical said:

Hello everyone, my first time here on Palmtalk and a new resident of Orlando! I snapped these photos of coconuts and royals around the Oak Ridge area. Last coconut image is near Kissimmee around Osceola Pkwy. 

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Welcome. Great finds. :D

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11 hours ago, kinzyjr said:

@Borderline Tropical Welcome to PalmTalk!  Thank you for sharing!

@Fishinsteeg234 Do you happen to know how long those coconuts have been in the ground?  They look pretty healthy.  Especially considering the image below from Christmas after a relatively uneventful 2021 winter:

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@kinzyjr I’m not sure how long in the ground, but one of them was fruiting. I’ll try and keep up with them overtime when I’m in the area. 
 

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Here is a couple Howea forsteriana growing at Disney's Epcot. They are in the jungle next to the Mexican pyramid. They used to be in a lot of shade but some trees were removed several years ago. It is hard to see but they have about 4-5ft of clear trunk.

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Eric

Orlando, FL

zone 9b/10a

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Also at Epcot...Satakentia at the old Universe of Energy building which has been remodeled into a Guardians of the Galaxy ride. Also a Pandanus utilis. Good view in a few years from the monorail.

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Eric

Orlando, FL

zone 9b/10a

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Hello new friends, today I visited the famous I-drive coconut palm. It is flowering prolifically and hope they develop into coconuts if they don't trim them! 

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2 hours ago, Borderline Tropical said:

Hello new friends, today I visited the famous I-drive coconut palm. It is flowering prolifically and hope they develop into coconuts if they don't trim them!

My favorite Central Florida coconut palm.  They have to trim them as this is a high foot traffic area, unfortunately.

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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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A new planting a few blocks south of Leu Gardens...

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Eric

Orlando, FL

zone 9b/10a

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On 8/23/2022 at 8:42 AM, Eric in Orlando said:

A new planting a few blocks south of Leu Gardens...

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Wow, they went for instant impact. 

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I saw the coconuts at Kaley and Orange today. Looks great, one of them has a good sized trunk. The bad news is they're under power lines so expect the city to hack them or find a way to remove them. 

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On 8/17/2022 at 2:03 PM, Borderline Tropical said:

Hello new friends, today I visited the famous I-drive coconut palm. It is flowering prolifically and hope they develop into coconuts if they don't trim them! 

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They always remove the fruit

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A trio of coconuts at Jason's Best Asian Market directly on 192 in Kissimmee. The tallest one is fruiting.700_2013.thumb.JPG.2c30cb4d14def7163b02c8399a58227e.JPG700_2014.thumb.JPG.c5010e79847f50ed9e143f57e8ebb2e6.JPG700_2018.thumb.JPG.a68480012be1f6b00880b4a4e3ae939a.JPG

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A new planting of what I assume are Cunninghamiana along Colonial in the Mills 50 area. They are north facing so might not be the best location for them but good to see this species being utilized!

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This is a better pic of the coconut visible from University heading west just past the Hall Rd intersection. 

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Found a potential 2010 survivor coconut in St. Cloud.  Looking back in time on Google, it appears that it survived at least the Dec 2010 freeze:

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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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Here is another large size coco I found peaking out from behind a house located in the Conway area, metro Orlando. Backyard is on a small lake. 

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Google street view of a group of Veitchia‘s  growing along Hoffner Ave, Orlando. This group has also been seeding for the past few years, as a bunch of seedlings are growing under it alone the sidewalk in the bushes. This is an excellent microclimate roadway between the Conway chain of lakes. 

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On 9/18/2022 at 9:55 AM, Fishinsteeg234 said:

Google street view of a group of Veitchia‘s  growing along Hoffner Ave, Orlando. This group has also been seeding for the past few years, as a bunch of seedlings are growing under it alone the sidewalk in the bushes. This is an excellent microclimate roadway between the Conway chain of lakes. 

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I feel there should many more of the palms listed in this thread.  The problem is not many are nuts like us on here. They are not readily available. In fact, I have spent way to much time getting what I have and have “on order” a couple dozen more. Unless I want to make a trip down south I cannot get anyone to get what I need. I have to keep picking them off one by one as I find them. 
 

I need 8 royals with 3-10ft gw, 1 arenga engleri, and 20 archontophoenix cunninghamiana, livistonia decipiens, cocos, and a couple hundred Dypsis lutescens. 
 

anyone that has a contact to help supply to Oviedo fl let me know. 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

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@Bkue try getting ahold of MB Palms. contact is on their FB page and website. Commercial grower located in South Orlando. 

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I took a trip to Clermont to go biking in the hills, and saw this pair of Cocos on Sadler Road in Tangerine/Zellwood:

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They weren't there in the Street View of 2019, it looks like maybe the house was sold and the new owners put in the white fence, a screen enclosure, a bunch of bananas and other tropicals.  They looked really good in person, but I think they'll be short-lived.

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Hope everyone fared well during Ian. We got pummeled in Belle Isle with 15" of rain and over 6 hours of the heaviest squalls. Landscape damage was minor. Lost 3 coconut fronds and my beccariophoenix alfreddii was pushed over. I was a little surprised by that but their canopies are so thick it acts like an umbrella. 

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