utile Posted February 5, 2021 Report Share Posted February 5, 2021 August 20, 2020 3 AM a wall of furry fire storm bears down on my garden like a tidal wave. Twelve hours later there was a smoldering chard landscape as far as the eye could see. This story may take a while to explain so I will spill it out in pieces as there is so much to say. I began my garden when I joined the Society in 1977. Many of my palms came from the Seed Bank at that time. Others came from my collections of travels to remote places. My garden contains about 100+ species/varieties of palms, some 400 or so trees about a 28 acre property. Many are now 30- 40 years old. Basically palms are survivors! A good percentage retained small canopies that never burned. Fan palms were the real winners. Those with slender trunks close to the ground like Chamaerops sand Acoelorrhaphe suffered the most damage. Trachycarpus are putting out stunted small crowns after 6 months but appear to be living. Almost all of the trunks on all the palms are charred black and may stay that way for quite some time. Pressure washing works quite well but is hard to do on a 30 trunk foot tree. Brahea and Washingtonia now have full crowns. Not one was lost. Livistonas suffered but are pushing new crowns and in a few months will look again normal. As far as Feather Palms go Phoenix canariensis, theophrastii and sylvestris did great. Although their dead fronds torched, they torched hot and fast leaving a green center crown. Roebelenii and reclinata not so good. Once again slender trunks close to the ground suffered, A Reclinata clump of 9 trunks now appears that only one or two have survived with suckers now appearing at the base. All the Parajubaea and Jubaea survived with little damage. Syagrus were a mixed batch of results. Those on the greener lawn area did well while those near my garage (that torched to a cinder) where the flames were the hottest still look pretty bad. Several tried to push new leaves that the winter winds quickly damaged. Several of the Caryota gigas maintained at least one green frond. Because my ranch is hills and valleys the current of the furry moved with different strengths. The lush area around my pool and house was completely passed untouched (my house was saved with modest damage). 30 feet away on both sides the palms torched. The well watered lawn area helped slow the flames. My biggest problem was the bamboo plantings (Oldhamii 30 feet tall) that went up like match sticks near the palms. I guess this is chapter one. In future chapters I will talk about Cycads, Bamboos, Conifers, Trees, Shrubs, and all that other cool good stuff and their survival or not! Rock mulch vs, wood mulch products and other fire wise ideas that I have learned will be other topics. 2 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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