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Enjoy this species so much I decided to try it from seed . This picture is about 1/4 of what I’ve got going . These guys love full sun out here !! From day one . 

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From what I recall cuban copernicias have done well in california weather.  The biggest problem might be gophers if they are around.

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Formerly in Gilbert AZ, zone 9a/9b. Now in Palmetto, Florida Zone 9b/10a??

 

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25 minutes ago, sonoranfans said:

From what I recall cuban copernicias have done well in california weather.  The biggest problem might be gophers if they are around.

Copies definitely want plenty of heat. Nearer the coast, they're very slow (as a group), in pots or in the ground.

The big exception seems to be C. alba, though C. prunifera isn't bad either. Note that both are nasty spiny, with kitty-cat claws on their petioles.

 

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Copernicia is a species that definitely appreciates the heat. Following are a few of mine growing in the Arizona desert to show what's possible.

 

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Mesa, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

 

Temps between 29F and 115F each year

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Only problem with Copernicia species is trying to locate them on the west coast! Fortunately,JubaeaMan138 is taking the time to grow them from seed.Give those seedlings another 5 years,and more Californians should get a better chance to trial this very hardy species. 

 

aztropic 

Mesa, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

 

Temps between 29F and 115F each year

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The cubans copernicias are slow no matter where you grow for the first 5 years.  I put my seedlings in half day sun and water when its not the rainy season.  Here are three hospitas and a macroglossa grown from strap leaf seedlings(3yrs this winter) and a 15g fallaensis I got earlier this year.  The rain here just seemed to invigorate them in late june as they were stalled almost in spring.  These cubans like getting wet, the irony here is keeping them wet with the sandy soil.  Out west clay helps a lot I bet.  You can contol moisture in clay soils easier than in sandy soil.

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Formerly in Gilbert AZ, zone 9a/9b. Now in Palmetto, Florida Zone 9b/10a??

 

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5 minutes ago, Sabal Steve said:

This is about 5-6 years old (maybe) from a 3 gallon.A5DDFF2B-C099-4A8E-BADF-50D477BA8EF6.thumb.jpeg.b79a882cae718a7634b9883dd10d2925.jpeg0248E283-1B2E-49E2-B7F8-A29E61A3E34C.thumb.jpeg.4743cc3ce38186e03ead7e412ee4b665.jpeg20BC46EB-F7A2-46DA-ADDD-F936C916F022.thumb.jpeg.e005eefcbf90c6c5e256afef87813562.jpeg

Killer Steve!!! How’s your Baileyana ? 

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4 hours ago, sonoranfans said:

The cubans copernicias are slow no matter where you grow for the first 5 years.  I put my seedlings in half day sun and water when its not the rainy season.  Here are three hospitas and a macroglossa grown from strap leaf seedlings(3yrs this winter) and a 15g fallaensis I got earlier this year.  The rain here just seemed to invigorate them in late june as they were stalled almost in spring.  These cubans like getting wet, the irony here is keeping them wet with the sandy soil.  Out west clay helps a lot I bet.  You can contol moisture in clay soils easier than in sandy soil.

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My strip out front is a clay/river rock/road base substrate.  I amended it, but it’s thick mucky clay a bit down.  I’ll surprised everything grows so well there, but I from what I remember (palms of Cuba ?) many of the Copernicias are seasonally flooded in clay soils, in Cuba.

 

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7 hours ago, sonoranfans said:

Out west clay helps a lot I bet.  You can contol moisture in clay soils easier than in sandy soil.

 

10 hours ago, DoomsDave said:

Nearer the coast, they're very slow (as a group), in pots or in the ground.  referencing California coast

Sandy soil on the coast in California, it can be done.  Perhaps a little more patience, but definitely something worth the effort on the coast.  I would have considered more from the genus if I had more space.  Photos are 5 years and 3 months apart of the same species, Coperncia x textilis one in my back yard, the second in the front yard.

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33 minutes ago, Tracy said:

 

Sandy soil on the coast in California, it can be done.  Perhaps a little more patience, but definitely something worth the effort on the coast.  I would have considered more from the genus if I had more space.  Photos are 5 years and 3 months apart of the same species, Coperncia x textilis one in my back yard, the second in the front yard.

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Is that D. ambositrae Tracy? Prettier than the palmpedia pics I've seen.

Utah's captivating copernicias in captivity salute you. Here represented are baileyana, yarey, fallaensis and the biggest are 2 macroglossas.  Hogs are chowing down real good.

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19 hours ago, Frond-friend42 said:

Is that D. ambositrae Tracy? Prettier than the palmpedia pics I've seen.

Utah's captivating copernicias in captivity salute you. Here represented are baileyana, yarey, fallaensis and the biggest are 2 macroglossas.  Hogs are chowing down real good.

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Killer! And In  Utah . I Got some Ekmanii should be leafing out here shortly ! 

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Copernicia gigas still looking good ! Updates on any other western Copernicia 

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Copernicia ekmanii community pot looks good as well little bit of cold damage on the tips but I’m happy with how they did outdooors considering these seed were sprouted at the beginning of winter and we’re outside as soon as they were sprouted Now that things have warmed up and things are waking up I hope these continue to survive 

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Cool picture . From left to right . Copernicia Baileyana , roystonea boriquena , aloe spectabilis , Copernicia Alba 

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Man this Copernicia gigas is looking good . Excuse the weeds the recent 104 temps with pouring rain has caused a bit of a weed problem this year . First year I’ve ever had a problem with weeds in September . 

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