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Queen seedling enjoying life. What caught my eye is how much bigger it is compared to just a few months ago. I collected the seeds and germinated them myself, and this is one of the two only surviving seedlings.

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Palms - 4 S. romanzoffiana, 1 W. bifurcata, 2 W. robusta, 1 R. rivularis, 1 B. odorata, 1 B. nobilis, 2 S. palmetto, 1 A. merillii, 1 P. canariensis, 1 BxJ, 1 BxJxBxS, 1 BxS, 3 P. roebelenii, 1 H. lagenicaulis, 1 H. verschaffeltii, 9 T. fortunei, 1 C. humilis, 2 C. macrocarpa, 1 L. chinensis, 1 R. excelsa

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@JLM I'm attempting this right now. What was your process? I (painstakingly) removed the outer fruit, gave the seeds a 5 minute bath in some hydrogen peroxide and then put them in a starter tray on top of a germination mat. Haven't seen anything sprouting yet, I believe it's been about a week. 

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3 hours ago, BayAndroid said:

@JLM I'm attempting this right now. What was your process? I (painstakingly) removed the outer fruit, gave the seeds a 5 minute bath in some hydrogen peroxide and then put them in a starter tray on top of a germination mat. Haven't seen anything sprouting yet, I believe it's been about a week. 

I dont quite remember how long it took these seeds to germinate, but they should be sprouted within 3 weeks if they were fresh. What you are doing now is pretty similar to what i did.

Palms - 4 S. romanzoffiana, 1 W. bifurcata, 2 W. robusta, 1 R. rivularis, 1 B. odorata, 1 B. nobilis, 2 S. palmetto, 1 A. merillii, 1 P. canariensis, 1 BxJ, 1 BxJxBxS, 1 BxS, 3 P. roebelenii, 1 H. lagenicaulis, 1 H. verschaffeltii, 9 T. fortunei, 1 C. humilis, 2 C. macrocarpa, 1 L. chinensis, 1 R. excelsa

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Veitchia 8 months old from seed, looking pristine among the battered gingers and heliconia that shielded it from Hurricane Ian. 

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This thing is growing shockingly fast. It has a twin from the same source germinated in the same pot, just as vigorous but with bifid leaves still instead of these thin delicate leaflets. I planted both in the ground just a week before the hurricane because they were threatening to outgrow their 1G pots and figured I could get them established before dry season. (September photo below) Both survived and have not slowed down at all in the ground. It will be interesting to see how different the leaves are as they get bigger. 

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Hand to show how much my money tree has grown since I changed jobs. 

 

Both of my L. Weddellanium are opening new fronds. 

 

Aloe Dorothea is finally throwing some red color on new leaves - I dunno if I cheated, but I've left some cheap Amazon grow lights really close for extended hours on it. Aloe "Walmsley's Blue" is also showing more blue now. 

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Super boring genus to most here but as the topic states, this thing caught my eye today and made me remember this was a 2G no bigger than a baseball bat and a couple feet high maximum, 20 months ago.  Just opened another frond so it’s pushing right thru our nasty SoCal winter. 🤣 Happy trees…Happy home owner. 
 

-dale 

Archontophoenix Tuckeri 

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Saw this Archontophoenix alexandrae growing in a stormwater drain today 1DDEBA69-C73E-4D0B-84E3-660C99E4B39E.thumb.jpeg.61fd8e3604d18e603cfe11d17e07cce3.jpeg

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Gold Coast, Queensland Latitude 28S. Mild, Humid Subtropical climate. Rainfall - not consistent enough!

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18 hours ago, Daryl said:

Saw this Archontophoenix alexandrae growing in a stormwater drain today 1DDEBA69-C73E-4D0B-84E3-660C99E4B39E.thumb.jpeg.61fd8e3604d18e603cfe11d17e07cce3.jpeg

That’s a hard knox life.

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Burretiokentia hapala inflorescence caught my eye.... seems to have caught his nose too.

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Tracy, that should be called the ‘Medusa’ palm. What a crazy  inflorescence.

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Hilo, Hawaii

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On 12/15/2022 at 9:01 AM, Billeb said:

Super boring genus to most here but as the topic states, this thing caught my eye today and made me remember this was a 2G no bigger than a baseball bat and a couple feet high maximum, 20 months ago.  Just opened another frond so it’s pushing right thru our nasty SoCal winter. 🤣 Happy trees…Happy home owner. 
 

-dale 

Archontophoenix Tuckeri 

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Did you get that from me?

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49 minutes ago, DoomsDave said:

Did you get that from me?

Yep! I planted the other one I got from you adjacent to this, closer to the house about 25ft away. Should be stately looking in 10yrs or so. 
 

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A 15 gallon Clinostigma Savoryanum that I’m chomping at the bit to plant in March. Spring can’t come soon enough lol.

 

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2 hours ago, Billeb said:

Yep! I planted the other one I got from you adjacent to this, closer to the house about 25ft away. Should be stately looking in 10yrs or so. 
 

-dale 

GIVE IT ENOUGH WATER, AND IT'S MORE LIKE FIVE.

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8 minutes ago, DoomsDave said:

GIVE IT ENOUGH WATER, AND IT'S MORE LIKE FIVE.

Dave come spring I’ll have to come by and grab some more Tuckeri from you. Excited to get some in my new garden!

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Bazza, are these palms refugees from the IN-N-Out burger franchise ??    :P

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1 hour ago, Darold Petty said:

Bazza, are these palms refugees from the IN-N-Out burger franchise ??    :P

Good question Darold, escapees perhaps?  Only problem is that I don't think the franchise has made it to the eastern seaboard or much past the Rockies, so a long way for these birds to fly.

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12 hours ago, Bazza said:

2 weeks ago in Port Orange right on the ICW:

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11 hours ago, Tracy said:

Good question Darold, escapees perhaps?  Only problem is that I don't think the franchise has made it to the eastern seaboard or much past the Rockies, so a long way for these birds to fly.

 

12 hours ago, Darold Petty said:

Bazza, are these palms refugees from the IN-N-Out burger franchise ??    :P

Also, they're crossed the wrong way. But, still a good thought.

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15 minutes ago, DoomsDave said:

 

 

Also, they're crossed the wrong way. But, still a good thought.

And they're not washies.

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5 year high 42.2C/108F (07/06/2018)--5 year low 4.6C/40.3F (1/19/2023)--Lowest recent/current winter: 4.6C/40.3F (1/19/2023)

 

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On 12/16/2022 at 2:01 AM, Billeb said:

Super boring genus to most here but as the topic states, this thing caught my eye today and made me remember this was a 2G no bigger than a baseball bat and a couple feet high maximum, 20 months ago.  Just opened another frond so it’s pushing right thru our nasty SoCal winter. 🤣 Happy trees…Happy home owner. 
 

-dale 

Archontophoenix Tuckeri 

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Dale,

 

A good and healthy looking palm - especially like yours - is never boring!

Thanks for sharing and A Happy 2023!

 

Lars

 

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1 hour ago, John hovancsek said:

L. Rupicola pushing out a inflo. Happy new year everyone 

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Totally looks like it has a lot of the same traits as Cyphosperma Balansae to me. You islanders can grow all kinds of stuff we can’t even think of attempting over here. 👍🏻

 

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Chamaedorea tuerkheimii ---- moving the pot from my rainforest to the green house noticed seeds setting on it 

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On 10/3/2022 at 2:29 AM, realarch said:

Lars, these are surprisingly tough little buggers. A few months ago pigs pulled the two I had planted right out of the ground. I found them a few feet from where they were planted. I stuck them in the same spot, after some varmit mitigation, and it didn’t seem to phase them at all. I wasn’t expecting their resilience.

Tim

Tim,

now I got proof - you were right.

Even through our winterly temperatures with tops down to 16C/61F for a day or two, this little Chamaedorea metallica fella really seems to recover...

Photos taken minutes ago...

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Looking healthy again...

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The new leaf has finally opened and...

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...even the tiny spathe made some progress.

Very impressive - thanks again for sharing your experiences!

 

Lars

 

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Despite it being the depths of winter here, my Archontophoenix Cunninghamiana is opening a new spear. This has been outside for the past 2-3 weeks now and has benefitted from the mild nights especially. I had a low of 11C last night and 13C the night before.

I can’t wait to get this one in the ground when I move to my new place on the south coast. I’m still waiting for it to get a bit bigger too, so that the hardiness increases somewhat. It’s fast becoming one of my favourite palms now though.

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

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My $8 GBOP is kinda growing on me. It was labelled as like foliage or something incredibly vague at the Orange Disappearing BB store in basically a coffee cup sized planter last summer. Now it's easily triple the size in a 2g pot, plus it kind of functions as a lookout and reminds me when it's time to water Patio Squad. The leaves are thick and leathery now. Nice contrast from my dainty diva feathery palms. 

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15g Trachys for $36 at Houston Garden Center in Conroe. If I had the room....

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If you slept standing up you would have more space in your apartment.    :winkie: 

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San Francisco, California

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58 minutes ago, Darold Petty said:

If you slept standing up you would have more space in your apartment.    :winkie: 

I'm at work more than I'm at home anyway :floor:

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I drove 45 minutes south to Portsmouth to go shopping in the pouring rain and managed to photograph some palms while there. I haven't posted this particular Washingtonia on here before, which is located just off the motorway/freeway as you come into Portsmouth. This one is situated further inland towards the north of the city where it gets colder. However it appears the big freeze last month didn't really faze it one bit. That area probably didn't go below -3C / 26F there.

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Here is the main palm spot at the Gunwharf shopping complex/mall. This is closer to the coastline and probably only saw -2C / 28F at worst. Sorry for the image dump. :bummed: 

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Yea gadds! I wouldn’t let Virginia get too close…….that thing looks hungry!

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This unknown Pritchardia (acquired small as P martii) was opening up a new leaf as the rain broke last night.  This jumped out at me, along with another little potted Pritchardia (thanks Darold), Pritchardia napaliensis.

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