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Chrysalidocarpus Leptocheillos starting to trunk. Peroxide bottle for scale.  Really beefy and showing nice form. Full blazing sun close to the ocean on hawaii island. 
 

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Seen a few Mediterranean fan palms around Edinburgh and St Andrews, Scotland.  There was one with at least six feet of clear trunk near the Eden course clubhouse but I didn't snap a picture of it....

This one was in the gardens near Edinburgh castle.

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This palm definitely took a beating from the long and cold winter but it seems to be making a comeback. 

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Cindy, these are such nifty little palms and not as delicate as they look. I’ve read that they are variable, I have one that’s 7’ tall and three others about 36”. The stems are maybe 5/8” in diameter and the new leaves are colorful, like yours. 

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Chrysalidocarpus Malcomberi Hybrid - this is a fast and weird palm. Splitting quite a bit. 
 

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Cycas Circinalis new flush and my Rhopalastylis Cheesemanii behind.  Colocasia photobombing. 
 

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10 hours ago, Hilo Jason said:

Chrysalidocarpus Malcomberi Hybrid - this is a fast and weird palm. Splitting quite a bit. 
 

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Crikey Jason, interesting splitting, nice color too. Looks like it’s got a bit of Frankenstein DNA.

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Hilo, Hawaii

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I went outside and noticed a Chrysalidocarpus prestonianus had partially dropped the bottom leaf.  It was still attached and being held up by my recently flushed Encephalartos princeps.  Needless to say, I removed the frond before getting the camera to minimize the damage.  This is one of the disadvantages of a small yard and big palms.  There are a lot of things in the drop zone.  The next frond it will drop is over my Encephalartos horridus x woodii.  I think I will have to get proactive on that as I don't want a repeat of what happened today.  All considered the damage wasn't too bad.  Next to my dog there is a potted Sobralia macrantha which was supporting the leaf tips when I initially came out.  It too suffered some damage.

Yes, it caught my eye and was also impossible to walk past on the walkway until I took it down the rest of the way.  Colorful trunk too!

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Verschaffeltia caught my eye today, these are 2 years from 4” pots and are getting their stilts on

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23 hours ago, Brad52 said:

Verschaffeltia caught my eye today, these are 2 years from 4” pots and are getting their stilts on

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Beautiful and amazing how fast they are growing for you.  Thanks for sharing but it will require an update on their progress in a couple more years. 

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5 hours ago, Tracy said:

Beautiful and amazing how fast they are growing for you.  Thanks for sharing but it will require an update on their progress in a couple more years. 

Will do, thanks!

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From giants to a baby, i just germinated my first (intentional) palm seed!  Latania loddigesii, took 6 weeks or so to start sprouting; it goes in a larger pot this weekend so it can keep on chugging.

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1 hour ago, flplantguy said:

From giants to a baby, i just germinated my first (intentional) palm seed!  Latania loddigesii, took 6 weeks or so to start sprouting; it goes in a larger pot this weekend so it can keep on chugging.

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Congratulations! Starting plants from seed is such fun. 

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Saw some photos doing the rounds of some of the Ventnor Washingtonia in southern England. These are just packing on height nowadays. However the cool/wet spring and crappy summer this year hasn’t done the crowns any favours. Hopefully they will keep pushing out growth quickly and look better when I visit next month. They are well over 30 foot now.

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Dry-summer Oceanic climate (9a)

Average annual precipitation - 18.7 inches : Average annual sunshine hours - 1725

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Finally planted my most prized palm - Chrysalidocarpus (Dypsis) mananjarensis / "Mealy Bug".

Part of the trunk was under the soil line, and was bright orange... which is what we were hoping for. Unfortunately, the "heel" was also under the soil line, so it's good we got it out of the pot. It's now in a raised bed, in high-quality palm soil with extra pumice. Heel is now fully exposed (on fence side), with an additional bit of mounding in case it decides to bury its heel again. Hopefully the mounding is enough... tempted to replant with even more mounding since it's not as much mounding as it appeared now that it's settled in. I just marked the spear and am really hoping it will thrive, despite being planted somewhat late in the season. 

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14 minutes ago, iDesign said:

Finally planted my most prized palm - Chrysalidocarpus (Dypsis) mananjarensis / "Mealy Bug".

Part of the trunk was under the soil, and was bright orange (which is what we were hoping for)! Unfortunately, the "heel" was also under the soil line, so it's good we got it out of the pot. It's now in a raised bed, with an additional 1" of mounding for the plant itself (+ exposed heel, on fence side). Just marked the spear and hoping it will thrive, despite being planted somewhat late in the season.

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So cool! Keep us updated on that one. There's not many new growers with one that size in their garden. 

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1 minute ago, Dusty CBAD said:

So cool! Keep us updated on that one. There's not many new growers with one that size in their garden. 

Yeah, it's also my most expensive palm... but no regrets (yet).

For perspective, here's my NEXT largest mealy bug palm...

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Haha ya that little one is the size of most of the ones I've seen in so cal. Should be your coolest palm in a couple years

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Black knight canna flowers with new foxtail fronds as backdrop.  The bright green looked really bright in the light, and im surprised the summer heat hasn't taken a toll at all with new plantings.

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1 hour ago, iDesign said:

Finally planted my most prized palm - Chrysalidocarpus (Dypsis) mananjarensis / "Mealy Bug".

Part of the trunk was under the soil line, and was bright orange... which is what we were hoping for. Unfortunately, the "heel" was also under the soil line, so it's good we got it out of the pot. It's now in a raised bed, in high-quality palm soil with extra pumice. Heel is now fully exposed (on fence side), with an additional bit of mounding in case it decides to bury its heel again. Hopefully the mounding is enough... tempted to replant with even more mounding since it's not as much mounding as it appeared now that it's settled in. I just marked the spear and am really hoping it will thrive, despite being planted somewhat late in the season. 

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Oh yeah Stacey, that looks fantastic.!

Tim

 

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On 8/9/2023 at 5:25 AM, iDesign said:

Finally planted my most prized palm - Chrysalidocarpus (Dypsis) mananjarensis / "Mealy Bug".

Part of the trunk was under the soil line, and was bright orange... which is what we were hoping for. Unfortunately, the "heel" was also under the soil line, so it's good we got it out of the pot. It's now in a raised bed, in high-quality palm soil with extra pumice. Heel is now fully exposed (on fence side), with an additional bit of mounding in case it decides to bury its heel again. Hopefully the mounding is enough... tempted to replant with even more mounding since it's not as much mounding as it appeared now that it's settled in. I just marked the spear and am really hoping it will thrive, despite being planted somewhat late in the season. 

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Really nice! 

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not spectacular for most but a first for me.  flowering willichia densiflora ... actually anything flowering tropical palm is an achievement for me in 9b.  it's very stretched since its in heavy canopy:

 

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My Santa Clarita Oasis

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On 8/9/2023 at 8:25 AM, iDesign said:

Finally planted my most prized palm - Chrysalidocarpus (Dypsis) mananjarensis / "Mealy Bug".

Beautiful! I sure hope it does well for you! This is a spectacular palm at every stage.

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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
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Around 250 nikau palms (seeds from the Isles of Scilly UK) that need potting up! The others are arlready in pots.

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