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I got 10 seedlings from the first batch available.  

Biggest full sun...look at petioles stretch on partial sun which may actually make it taller

 

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The Palm Mahal

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I gave one or two to Dr Balasky...my friend who builds schools in Madagascar...Greg K ..seen here..took one home and i gifted one to The Gifford Arboretum at The University of Miami. Almost lost this one...Greg saved it  

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The Palm Mahal

Hollywood Fla

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Wow, some real monsters you have there, Mike!

I’d love to see this thread filled with domesticated Tahina photos and Tahina Donor banners.  
 

The largest in my garden, below, planted July 26, 2010, now roughly 11 ft. tall. The broadest fans are about 7 ft. In diameter, or slightly more. For scale, the rounded stone set upright is almost exactly 1ft. In height.  The only problem I had was a sudden drying up and browning of a newer leaf. Threw everything at it and it seemed fine, then happened a second time several months later and took same action. No problems for a couple of years now.  Volcanic eruption nearby didn’t bother it. CCC05001-DE36-40C1-9E79-58E294898B99.thumb.jpeg.7fa04963039e4ac0828fdd456afa1038.jpeg
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The baby Tahina was planted by my son-in-law December 31, 2015 from a 5-gal. pot.  Experience has shown they kind of remain one size even if kept in a pot for a few years. But plant them in the ground and they begin to grow. At 4 1/2 years in the ground, this one is pushing vertical leaves, moving beyond the horizontal leaf infant stage. There isn’t much soil in this spot, but the palm looks healthy. 
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Kim Cyr

Between the beach and the bays, Point Loma, San Diego, California USA
and on a 300 year-old lava flow, Pahoa, Hawaii, 1/4 mile from the 2018 flow
All characters  in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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Nothing like having the climate and space to grow one!!

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-

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Kim...maybe its just me but i love the look of the smaller too..when you see the fan from above.

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The Palm Mahal

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In early 2008 when I was still running my little palm nursery here in Leilani Estates, I ordered 100 seeds from Rare Palm Seeds/Toby Spanner.  86 of them germinated around May 2008. I only lost three or four of the seedlings so ended up growing up the 80, or so, survivors to bigger sizes. I sold a number of them to others here in Leilani Estates and one or two sadly were too close to the volcanic eruption of 2018 and didn't make it but I believe all the rest are doing fine. I have eight in my two acre garden and they all seem very happy. My experience with them is that they are tough plants (no sensitive roots for instance), they love heat (and will grow faster in an environment that gets more heat than Leilani Estates) and will respond well to being planted in deep soil, something that's missing here in Leilani Estates. Here are two photos of some of mine. Photos by Kim.

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Leilani Estates, 25 mls/40 km south of Hilo, Big Island of Hawai'i. Elevation 880 ft/270 m. Average rainfall 140 inches/3550 mm

 

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At the same time Bo got his 100 seeds from RPS, I bought 10. Seven germinated. I first planted four in April 2012, then not knowing what to do with the remainder, I crowded them a little and planted two more. The last one I sold to local friends. Most have grown like rockets, and pics of two of the largest, taken by Tim Brian (realarch), are below. Providing scale are myself and Hilo Jason. The palms were trouble free in the nursery.

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Mike Merritt

Big Island of Hawaii, windward, rainy side, 740 feet (225 meters) elevation

165 inches (4,200 mm) of rain per year, 66 to 83 deg F (20 to 28 deg C) in summer, 62 to 80 deg F (16.7 to 26.7 Deg C) in winter.

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All great pictures everyone! I will post what I have soon....

Jeff

Searle Brothers Nursery Inc.

and The Rainforest Collection.

Southwest Ranches,Fl.

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I was given my Tahina circa 2016 by a palm lover in Fort Myers who did not have room for it in his yard. They hate being potted long term and need to be in the ground.

Tahina spectabilis, 2020, Cape Coral, FL

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Meg

Palms of Victory I shall wear

Cape Coral (It's Just Paradise)
Florida
Zone 10A on the Isabelle Canal
Elevation: 15 feet

I'd like to be under the sea in an octopus' garden in the shade.

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Great to see such healthy specimens growing in so many places. Mine came from Bo's stock way back when. Thanks Bo! 

Mine, after a few years, decided to grow sideways and I thought it was going to uproot itself and fall over. Well, it finally started to 

straighten up, but it's still as wide as it is tall. Pretty impressive none the less and a Beccariophoenix fenestralis was removed to give it more room.

Tim

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Here's my biggest one here in Southwest Ranches, Florida.  From one of the first batch of seeds that came in.  I also have 9 others planted, much smaller though.

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Searle Brothers Nursery Inc.

and The Rainforest Collection.

Southwest Ranches,Fl.

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So today per Mike's request I took a few more pictures. I also needed to trim some leaves off. I tried hard trying to hold the one leaf but it was damn heavy and couldn't! Lol

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Searle Brothers Nursery Inc.

and The Rainforest Collection.

Southwest Ranches,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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On 7/18/2020 at 1:04 PM, Jeff Searle said:

So today per Mike's request I took a few more pictures. I also needed to trim some leaves off. I tried hard trying to hold the one leaf but it was damn heavy and couldn't! Lol

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Crazy cool Jeff - it looks to me as if these palms may turn out to grow even larger in cultivation.

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Kona, on The Big Island
Hawaii - Land of Volcanoes

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I thought they would end up looking like Bismarckia. But they are much bigger in stature. How could such impressive palms not be known to the palmy community for so long?

Coral Gables, FL 8 miles North of Fairchild USDA Zone 10B

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My Tahina is about 25ft overall after just a few years in the ground. I planted it in my swale (North Miami) and now the neighbors are complaining because it hangs into the street. Someone offered me 10k, sight unseen, at the SFPS palm sale at Pinecrest Gardens last weekend. It got me wondering how much it's worth. Any idea what the market rate on Tahina is these days?

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On 11/26/2022 at 4:44 PM, SouthFLA said:

My Tahina is about 25ft overall after just a few years in the ground. I planted it in my swale (North Miami) and now the neighbors are complaining because it hangs into the street. Someone offered me 10k, sight unseen, at the SFPS palm sale at Pinecrest Gardens last weekend. It got me wondering how much it's worth. Any idea what the market rate on Tahina is these days?

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$10k? I'd do horribly unspeakably things for $10k. But that's me and I have no Tahina. 

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It was $4,000 for a 100G/36" at MBPalms in June 2021.

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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1 hour ago, kinzyjr said:

It was $4,000 for a 100G/36" at MBPalms in June 2021.

I'd also do horrible unspeakable things for $4k. 

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Here’s the largest Tahina I’ve seen here in Hawaii. This is in a private garden 12 miles north of Hilo. Pictures are a year old so I will try to get updated ones soon. My wife for scale!

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