Swolte Posted January 4, 2021 Report Share Posted January 4, 2021 (edited) Planning to chronicle the life of my Phoenix Theophrasti in this thread for those who are interested. I received this specimen from TCHP two years ago (fall of 2018, if I am not mistaken...) when it was about 21" long and had a small trunk of 1.75 inches. I am guessing its the green variant but TCHP can probably tell me more about about the origin of the seed batch. Frankly, I was not impressed with how it handled the first winter. I pulled a spear pull and it lost most of its leaves in a fairly mild winter (I don't think we even went lower than 25F that year). I basically left it for dead (no watering or any sort of care) and would have removed it had I not forgotten about it. That following year, however, there was some green returning. In January 2020 I measured no increase in trunk size and the height had actually decreased (due to frond die back) but it was green nonetheless. Reports that it needs a lot of water to survive (note: not thrive!) are not true in my experience: I am talking Texas summers without irrigation! As of today (January 2021), I am measuring a small increase in trunk size: 2" and its height is about 18". But there's a problem. The palm, which is considered to be among the most dangerous in the world, is next to a garden walkway! Not to mention that I now have a small and cute daughter who I don't like to see impaled by its spikes. Edited January 4, 2021 by Swolte 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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