Rivera Posted December 28, 2022 Report Share Posted December 28, 2022 Hi, I've read the palm talk forums for a couple years, but this is my first forum post. I live very close to the beach in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco. I'm currently growing one young Great Barrier Is. nikau in the moist shady section of what is overall a moderately dry garden. It will be a little while, but at some point I will most likely be replacing some plants in an adjacent area (slightly sunnier) and I'm considering adding a couple other nikaus or a few howeas. I currently have no howeas outdoors, but the cluster in a pot in our atrium may eventually find its way out there. For anyone else growing these plants in similar conditions, I'm wondering if I can get a comparison regarding their watering needs. I'll be hand watering this area of the garden either way, but if the nikau is that much thirstier, I may favor howeas. I do supply some organic fertilization to compensate for the somewhat poor (albeit very well-drained) sandy soil. I also have a couple of patio drains leading to a dry-well near the existing nikau, and I'm hoping with age that the nikau may reach down and access some of that moisture. Wishful thinking? My garden is young overall, and notes comparing the garden performance and growing culture of these two palms in a cool coastal climate are also welcome. Thanks Chris Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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