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Going into it's 7th year with over 60 palms in relatively cold 7A!  Here is some transformation photos/video

2018 (Front corner)

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2022 (Front corner)

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2017 (Back side)

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2022 (Back side)

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2017 (Side corner)

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2019 (House edge)

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2022 (House edge)

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2020 (Rear side)

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2022 (Rear side)

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2019 (Side path)

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2022 (Side path)

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YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@tntropics - 60+ In-ground 7A palms - (Sabal) minor(7 large + 27 seedling size, 3 dwarf),  brazoria(1) , birmingham(4), etonia (1) louisiana(5), palmetto (1), riverside (1),  (Trachycarpus) fortunei(7), wagnerianus(1),  Rhapidophyllum hystrix(7),  15' Mule-Butia x Syagrus(1),  Blue Butia capitata(1) +Tons of tropical plants.  Recent Yearly Lows -1F, 12F, 11F, 18F, 16F, 3F, 3F, 6F, 3F, 1F, 16F, 17F, 6F, 8F

 

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I like that 2022 pool shot!

I won't even mention zone 7a!

What is the palm behind the chair on the right?

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11 hours ago, jwitt said:

I like that 2022 pool shot!

I won't even mention zone 7a!

What is the palm behind the chair on the right?

Thanks! If you mean in the last photo behind the chair it is a potted majesty.

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YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@tntropics - 60+ In-ground 7A palms - (Sabal) minor(7 large + 27 seedling size, 3 dwarf),  brazoria(1) , birmingham(4), etonia (1) louisiana(5), palmetto (1), riverside (1),  (Trachycarpus) fortunei(7), wagnerianus(1),  Rhapidophyllum hystrix(7),  15' Mule-Butia x Syagrus(1),  Blue Butia capitata(1) +Tons of tropical plants.  Recent Yearly Lows -1F, 12F, 11F, 18F, 16F, 3F, 3F, 6F, 3F, 1F, 16F, 17F, 6F, 8F

 

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Trachycarpus fortunei AKA "The Rocket" 2019

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Trachycarpus fortunei AKA "The Rocket" April 2023.  A little rough but should look better soon.  I mean the palm not me LOL

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YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@tntropics - 60+ In-ground 7A palms - (Sabal) minor(7 large + 27 seedling size, 3 dwarf),  brazoria(1) , birmingham(4), etonia (1) louisiana(5), palmetto (1), riverside (1),  (Trachycarpus) fortunei(7), wagnerianus(1),  Rhapidophyllum hystrix(7),  15' Mule-Butia x Syagrus(1),  Blue Butia capitata(1) +Tons of tropical plants.  Recent Yearly Lows -1F, 12F, 11F, 18F, 16F, 3F, 3F, 6F, 3F, 1F, 16F, 17F, 6F, 8F

 

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Very well done Allen, you always surprise everyone with the beautiful palms you have. Especially since your palms and all have seen temperatures in the negatives before so you do a good job protecting them every year.

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13 minutes ago, ChicagoPalma said:

Very well done Allen, you always surprise everyone with the beautiful palms you have. Especially since your palms and all have seen temperatures in the negatives before so you do a good job protecting them every year.

I've always looked forward to the day I could easily walk under my palms and consider them 'trees' and now I have 4 in that category.  Mule and 3 Trachy.

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YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@tntropics - 60+ In-ground 7A palms - (Sabal) minor(7 large + 27 seedling size, 3 dwarf),  brazoria(1) , birmingham(4), etonia (1) louisiana(5), palmetto (1), riverside (1),  (Trachycarpus) fortunei(7), wagnerianus(1),  Rhapidophyllum hystrix(7),  15' Mule-Butia x Syagrus(1),  Blue Butia capitata(1) +Tons of tropical plants.  Recent Yearly Lows -1F, 12F, 11F, 18F, 16F, 3F, 3F, 6F, 3F, 1F, 16F, 17F, 6F, 8F

 

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Photo update May 26th 2023

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YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@tntropics - 60+ In-ground 7A palms - (Sabal) minor(7 large + 27 seedling size, 3 dwarf),  brazoria(1) , birmingham(4), etonia (1) louisiana(5), palmetto (1), riverside (1),  (Trachycarpus) fortunei(7), wagnerianus(1),  Rhapidophyllum hystrix(7),  15' Mule-Butia x Syagrus(1),  Blue Butia capitata(1) +Tons of tropical plants.  Recent Yearly Lows -1F, 12F, 11F, 18F, 16F, 3F, 3F, 6F, 3F, 1F, 16F, 17F, 6F, 8F

 

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The variety and health of all those plants is fantastic. Everything placed and lit beautifully…was Spring cleanup more involved this year than usual? Regarding the Butia, how do you maintain that one…told the story before…I’ve got a strap leafed two year old in ground. It was planted by a squirrel that raided seeds I was trying to germinate…came out one morning and they were all gone! Found one as a 6” strap growing beside the deck the following spring…it wintered in the dirt so hoping for good genes…if you can grow that one in your colder than my zone 7, guess I stand a chance?

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It's always amazing seeing those progress photos.  You look back and think, How did I ever live like that?  Having a good garden becomes a part of you.  

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1 hour ago, GregVirginia7 said:

The variety and health of all those plants is fantastic. Everything placed and lit beautifully…was Spring cleanup more involved this year than usual? Regarding the Butia, how do you maintain that one…told the story before…I’ve got a strap leafed two year old in ground. It was planted by a squirrel that raided seeds I was trying to germinate…came out one morning and they were all gone! Found one as a 6” strap growing beside the deck the following spring…it wintered in the dirt so hoping for good genes…if you can grow that one in your colder than my zone 7, guess I stand a chance?

It gets winter covered/heated.   Main work was on other plants I don't post here like bushes/holly trees/crepe myrtle that got winter damage

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YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@tntropics - 60+ In-ground 7A palms - (Sabal) minor(7 large + 27 seedling size, 3 dwarf),  brazoria(1) , birmingham(4), etonia (1) louisiana(5), palmetto (1), riverside (1),  (Trachycarpus) fortunei(7), wagnerianus(1),  Rhapidophyllum hystrix(7),  15' Mule-Butia x Syagrus(1),  Blue Butia capitata(1) +Tons of tropical plants.  Recent Yearly Lows -1F, 12F, 11F, 18F, 16F, 3F, 3F, 6F, 3F, 1F, 16F, 17F, 6F, 8F

 

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Wow! Looks like a tropical paradise. ( I always complain about my climate, but seeing what you achieved is incredible!)

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Carambeí, 2nd tableland of the State Paraná , south Brazil.

Alt:1030m. Native palms: Queen, B. eriospatha, B. microspadix, Allagoptera leucocalyx , A.campestris, Geonoma schottiana, Trithrinax acanthocoma. Subtr. climate, some frosty nights. No dry season. August: driest month. Rain:1700mm

 

I am seeking for cold hardy palms!

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Size of a few key palms as of June 2023.  

Sabal minor "Louisiana"

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Trachycarpus fortunei AKA "The Rocket".  Sabal minor in front

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Trachycarpus fortunei and a Sabal brazoriensis in front

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Mule Palm

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Trachycarpus wagnerianus

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YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@tntropics - 60+ In-ground 7A palms - (Sabal) minor(7 large + 27 seedling size, 3 dwarf),  brazoria(1) , birmingham(4), etonia (1) louisiana(5), palmetto (1), riverside (1),  (Trachycarpus) fortunei(7), wagnerianus(1),  Rhapidophyllum hystrix(7),  15' Mule-Butia x Syagrus(1),  Blue Butia capitata(1) +Tons of tropical plants.  Recent Yearly Lows -1F, 12F, 11F, 18F, 16F, 3F, 3F, 6F, 3F, 1F, 16F, 17F, 6F, 8F

 

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10 hours ago, Jack Lord said:

Nice. What are those little plants between the Sabal Louisiana and the pebbles?

Thanks! Colocasia fallax.  Dwarf Elephant ears 12-18" and zone 6

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YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@tntropics - 60+ In-ground 7A palms - (Sabal) minor(7 large + 27 seedling size, 3 dwarf),  brazoria(1) , birmingham(4), etonia (1) louisiana(5), palmetto (1), riverside (1),  (Trachycarpus) fortunei(7), wagnerianus(1),  Rhapidophyllum hystrix(7),  15' Mule-Butia x Syagrus(1),  Blue Butia capitata(1) +Tons of tropical plants.  Recent Yearly Lows -1F, 12F, 11F, 18F, 16F, 3F, 3F, 6F, 3F, 1F, 16F, 17F, 6F, 8F

 

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Video of most of garden Sept 2023

 

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YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@tntropics - 60+ In-ground 7A palms - (Sabal) minor(7 large + 27 seedling size, 3 dwarf),  brazoria(1) , birmingham(4), etonia (1) louisiana(5), palmetto (1), riverside (1),  (Trachycarpus) fortunei(7), wagnerianus(1),  Rhapidophyllum hystrix(7),  15' Mule-Butia x Syagrus(1),  Blue Butia capitata(1) +Tons of tropical plants.  Recent Yearly Lows -1F, 12F, 11F, 18F, 16F, 3F, 3F, 6F, 3F, 1F, 16F, 17F, 6F, 8F

 

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1 hour ago, Jesse PNW said:

What is your soil like, and what do you normally do for amendments?

I have clay and don't amend the holes but use ample pine bark mulch on top.   Most of the areas are raised a few inches and when I fixed them initially I mixed in 'soil conditioner' (Pine fines) a few inches deep and one area stump grindings.

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YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@tntropics - 60+ In-ground 7A palms - (Sabal) minor(7 large + 27 seedling size, 3 dwarf),  brazoria(1) , birmingham(4), etonia (1) louisiana(5), palmetto (1), riverside (1),  (Trachycarpus) fortunei(7), wagnerianus(1),  Rhapidophyllum hystrix(7),  15' Mule-Butia x Syagrus(1),  Blue Butia capitata(1) +Tons of tropical plants.  Recent Yearly Lows -1F, 12F, 11F, 18F, 16F, 3F, 3F, 6F, 3F, 1F, 16F, 17F, 6F, 8F

 

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A few pics

 

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YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@tntropics - 60+ In-ground 7A palms - (Sabal) minor(7 large + 27 seedling size, 3 dwarf),  brazoria(1) , birmingham(4), etonia (1) louisiana(5), palmetto (1), riverside (1),  (Trachycarpus) fortunei(7), wagnerianus(1),  Rhapidophyllum hystrix(7),  15' Mule-Butia x Syagrus(1),  Blue Butia capitata(1) +Tons of tropical plants.  Recent Yearly Lows -1F, 12F, 11F, 18F, 16F, 3F, 3F, 6F, 3F, 1F, 16F, 17F, 6F, 8F

 

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Did a Butia pic today

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YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@tntropics - 60+ In-ground 7A palms - (Sabal) minor(7 large + 27 seedling size, 3 dwarf),  brazoria(1) , birmingham(4), etonia (1) louisiana(5), palmetto (1), riverside (1),  (Trachycarpus) fortunei(7), wagnerianus(1),  Rhapidophyllum hystrix(7),  15' Mule-Butia x Syagrus(1),  Blue Butia capitata(1) +Tons of tropical plants.  Recent Yearly Lows -1F, 12F, 11F, 18F, 16F, 3F, 3F, 6F, 3F, 1F, 16F, 17F, 6F, 8F

 

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Allen, do you leave most of your elephant ears in ground and mulched over winter? Do you let first frost shut them down then cut low and mulch over?

- Garrett in 7A Arkansas

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40 minutes ago, GEnglish said:

Allen, do you leave most of your elephant ears in ground and mulched over winter? Do you let first frost shut them down then cut low and mulch over?

- Garrett in 7A Arkansas

YES - You can mulch them after frost if you want but the varieties I have will come back without it.   A good 3" of wood mulch in zone 7A can't hurt though.

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YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@tntropics - 60+ In-ground 7A palms - (Sabal) minor(7 large + 27 seedling size, 3 dwarf),  brazoria(1) , birmingham(4), etonia (1) louisiana(5), palmetto (1), riverside (1),  (Trachycarpus) fortunei(7), wagnerianus(1),  Rhapidophyllum hystrix(7),  15' Mule-Butia x Syagrus(1),  Blue Butia capitata(1) +Tons of tropical plants.  Recent Yearly Lows -1F, 12F, 11F, 18F, 16F, 3F, 3F, 6F, 3F, 1F, 16F, 17F, 6F, 8F

 

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YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@tntropics - 60+ In-ground 7A palms - (Sabal) minor(7 large + 27 seedling size, 3 dwarf),  brazoria(1) , birmingham(4), etonia (1) louisiana(5), palmetto (1), riverside (1),  (Trachycarpus) fortunei(7), wagnerianus(1),  Rhapidophyllum hystrix(7),  15' Mule-Butia x Syagrus(1),  Blue Butia capitata(1) +Tons of tropical plants.  Recent Yearly Lows -1F, 12F, 11F, 18F, 16F, 3F, 3F, 6F, 3F, 1F, 16F, 17F, 6F, 8F

 

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51 minutes ago, MattInRaleigh said:

@Allen, your yard looks amazing! What type of palm is in the pot that has the three trunked palms? At what temperature do you bring it inside?

Thanks! That is a Phoenix roebelenii and I bring it in at 32F or so and put in my unheated garage under a light.  I have two viewers in zone 6 that box these in and they do great that way because they don't grow fast/tall.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9PaVcxFDRo

 

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YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@tntropics - 60+ In-ground 7A palms - (Sabal) minor(7 large + 27 seedling size, 3 dwarf),  brazoria(1) , birmingham(4), etonia (1) louisiana(5), palmetto (1), riverside (1),  (Trachycarpus) fortunei(7), wagnerianus(1),  Rhapidophyllum hystrix(7),  15' Mule-Butia x Syagrus(1),  Blue Butia capitata(1) +Tons of tropical plants.  Recent Yearly Lows -1F, 12F, 11F, 18F, 16F, 3F, 3F, 6F, 3F, 1F, 16F, 17F, 6F, 8F

 

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Here's to a great New Palm Growing year for 2024!

 

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YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@tntropics - 60+ In-ground 7A palms - (Sabal) minor(7 large + 27 seedling size, 3 dwarf),  brazoria(1) , birmingham(4), etonia (1) louisiana(5), palmetto (1), riverside (1),  (Trachycarpus) fortunei(7), wagnerianus(1),  Rhapidophyllum hystrix(7),  15' Mule-Butia x Syagrus(1),  Blue Butia capitata(1) +Tons of tropical plants.  Recent Yearly Lows -1F, 12F, 11F, 18F, 16F, 3F, 3F, 6F, 3F, 1F, 16F, 17F, 6F, 8F

 

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@Allen The entire landscape looks fantastic!  Nice work over the years!

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone (2012): 9b | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (1985, 1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a | 30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Not trying to jinx it 🤞🏻. How awesome would that be if you didn’t need to cover anything this year!? I could definitely use a mild winter at my house. 

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8 minutes ago, teddytn said:

Not trying to jinx it 🤞🏻. How awesome would that be if you didn’t need to cover anything this year!? I could definitely use a mild winter at my house. 

Well the 8'+  butia is already covered although it didn't need to be yet.  I went on a Vac in early Dec and decided to cover it.  it is still covered.  The mule probably will need to be covered a couple times minimum and the Trachy 50/50.  The weather forecast looks good thru mid Jan.  That leaves about 4 weeks past Jan 15th that could have a event that might affect the Trachy and 8 weeks for something that might affect the butia and mule.   Sometimes covering stuff depends on my travel schedule as I don't trust forecasts too far out.   On a side note I still have unprotected Elephant ears alive in a couple spots.  

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YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@tntropics - 60+ In-ground 7A palms - (Sabal) minor(7 large + 27 seedling size, 3 dwarf),  brazoria(1) , birmingham(4), etonia (1) louisiana(5), palmetto (1), riverside (1),  (Trachycarpus) fortunei(7), wagnerianus(1),  Rhapidophyllum hystrix(7),  15' Mule-Butia x Syagrus(1),  Blue Butia capitata(1) +Tons of tropical plants.  Recent Yearly Lows -1F, 12F, 11F, 18F, 16F, 3F, 3F, 6F, 3F, 1F, 16F, 17F, 6F, 8F

 

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Continued success with your fantastic garden on 2024.

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I sometimes find myself thinking, "If only I was a zone warmer".  But I feel guilty for such thoughts, after seeing your place being a zone colder and looking amazing!

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On 2/9/2023 at 11:37 AM, Allen said:

Going into it's 7th year with over 60 palms in relatively cold 7A!  Here is some transformation photos/video

2018 (Front corner)

house bed 2018.JPG

2022 (Front corner)

house bed 2022.JPG

2017 (Back side)

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2022 (Back side)

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2017 (Side corner)

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2022 (Side corner)

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2019 (House edge)

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2022 (House edge)

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2020 (Rear side)

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2022 (Rear side)

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2019 (Side path)

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2022 (Side path)

side path 2021.jpg

2016

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2022

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I really like your Butia blue form . Mine is much greener .

Will

 

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