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Terrible Queen Growth Rate


Little Tex

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Its only put out one leaf in year and its only a spear, I fertilized it too.

Lucas

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25 minutes ago, Little Tex said:

Its only put out one leaf in year and its only a spear, I fertilized it too.

Pics? I'm not far from you and mine is an effing unit. Mine went pinnate maybe a year and a half or 2 years ago and it's at the point where I'm legit concerned about how I'm going to get it inside for winter. It reaches the gutters on my apartment patio, a good 7 or 8 ft off the ground. Bought it from Plantvine in 2020. 

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12 minutes ago, JohnAndSancho said:

Pics? I'm not far from you and mine is an effing unit. Mine went pinnate maybe a year and a half or 2 years ago and it's at the point where I'm legit concerned about how I'm going to get it inside for winter. It reaches the gutters on my apartment patio, a good 7 or 8 ft off the ground. Bought it from Plantvine in 2020. 

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trade ya

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Lucas

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16 minutes ago, NOT A TA said:

They like shade, a lot of water, and fertilizer when young.

thats all hes getting rn

Lucas

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44 minutes ago, Little Tex said:

trade ya

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Be patient. Or make the drive up I45 with a giant bag of Cuban Tacos from El Rey lol. 

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Queens don't need shade, certainly not at that size. Is that a north facing fence? It looks starved for light. 

The ones around here in full sun are growing like weeds. 

Jonathan

Katy, TX (Zone 9a)

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9 hours ago, Xenon said:

Queens don't need shade, certainly not at that size. Is that a north facing fence? It looks starved for light. 

The ones around here in full sun are growing like weeds. 

SE facing

Lucas

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A queen starved from direct sun is always weak. You never see successful "triple" planted queens in Texas for this reason. If they are hit by cold when younger, they never recover, so its important to get them to a very large size before ever testing them to 20F.

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Extremes: Low Min 4F 2021, 13.8F 2024. High Max 112F 2011/2023, Precipitation Max 58 inches 2015, Lowest 19 Inches 2011.

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22 hours ago, Little Tex said:

Its only put out one leaf in year and its only a spear, I fertilized it too.

When was it planted mine did that the first year only grew 2 fronds because it was growing its roots. But I'd imagine yours should grow faster because Texas is much more sunny and the sun is stronger with higher temperatures. Mine is against a sw wall and gets full sun all day since it's taller than the wall. Maybe the fence is shading the palm for a good portion of the day. 

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On 8/17/2022 at 7:54 PM, Little Tex said:

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Mine's been in full sun for 2 years. Soaks it up. Exploded this year. I'd move it and water the crap out of it. 

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What type of soil is that? Appears to retain water. Queens do need a brief dry cycle. Palm nutritional spray (usually applied after dusk or sunrise) gives mine a burst of growth with glossy dark leaves. Plenty of Sun too.

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