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Trachy growth 2022


Fallen Munk

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Winding down for the year, we have very few warm days left but my T. fortunei grew another 18" this year. 

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Pretty fast growth and it's got a great shape.

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10 hours ago, SailorBold said:

I love the way that trunk looks.. nice!

Thanks!  Lots of opinions on trunk stripping these.  I think it gives them a more tropical look.  There are so many windmill palms in my area and I just wanted mine to look different.  My neighbor who has a bunch of them in his yard asked me what kind of palm mine was.  

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4 hours ago, Fallen Munk said:

Thanks!  Lots of opinions on trunk stripping these.  I think it gives them a more tropical look.  There are so many windmill palms in my area and I just wanted mine to look different.  My neighbor who has a bunch of them in his yard asked me what kind of palm mine was.  

Do you think stripping the trunk would adversely affect cold hardiness…thought about trying it but in zone 7, seems a little like taking off its blanket in winter…

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7 hours ago, GregVirginia7 said:

Do you think stripping the trunk would adversely affect cold hardiness…thought about trying it but in zone 7, seems a little like taking off its blanket in winter…

That's the controversy going around.  Common intuition would say yes.  Actual results say no.

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18" is the average of what I see per year.  Some more, some less.  Full sun slows down growth, part sun or part shade seems to be best.

I measured three larger palms yesterday that I have been tracking and the results were:

T fortunei - 6 months of growth = 13" of trunk

T fortunei - 6 months of growth = 11" of trunk

T wagernianus - 8 months of growth = 10" of trunk

Keep in mind that these were during some of the optimal growing months, over winter they will continue to grow but at a slower pace.

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On 10/7/2022 at 7:21 PM, Fallen Munk said:

Thanks!  Lots of opinions on trunk stripping these.  I think it gives them a more tropical look.  There are so many windmill palms in my area and I just wanted mine to look different.  My neighbor who has a bunch of them in his yard asked me what kind of palm mine was.  

Nice windmill with beautiful trunk!

Tropical effect or not but the stripped trunk gives them definitely a"californian" look!

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11 hours ago, MSX said:

Nice windmill with beautiful trunk!

Tropical effect or not but the stripped trunk gives them definitely a"californian" look!

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Trachycarpus robusta  🤣

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