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Sabal early summer surprise


Chester B

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This winter was the worst one I experienced and as a result I lost a number of smaller palms and had a number of spear pulls. This week alone I found three more palms exhibiting damage now that we have really warmed up to summer like temperatures. Two of the early casualties were a Sabal uresana and a Sabal causiarum both in the ground for three years. I left the stumps in place “just in case” with the plan on waiting until the end of June to officially call it. Well to my surprise the Uresana started growing last week and just today I noticed the causiarum had moved. First pic is uresana showing some blue/green and the second is the causiarum that has grown and covered a black line I had drawn to mark the progress. So it will be interesting to see how far they can grow this summer and ultimately if they can move past this. 

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1 hour ago, Jesse PNW said:

That will be awesome if the causiarum makes it. I hope it does.

Me too.  It was a pretty decent size and was growing at a decent pace.  I sprayed with copper fungicide again last night and gave it a good drink.  I'll keep the water on this one and hopefully it keeps moving.  I would've put money on the fact this thing was dead.

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15 minutes ago, Chester B said:

Me too.  It was a pretty decent size and was growing at a decent pace.  I sprayed with copper fungicide again last night and gave it a good drink.  I'll keep the water on this one and hopefully it keeps moving.  I would've put money on the fact this thing was dead.

I had one look similar and I just snipped off all that fungus on the main spear.  It has to have enough energy to regenerate a frond to live.

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I yanked out a Sabal uresana earlier this year thinking it was dead. After planting a washingtonia in its place, I noticed that the growth area had green coloration, so I put the "dead" Sabal uresana in a liner pot with soil. There are now 2 leaves emerging, so hopefully the palm will survive.

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54 minutes ago, amh said:

I yanked out a Sabal uresana earlier this year thinking it was dead. After planting a washingtonia in its place, I noticed that the growth area had green coloration, so I put the "dead" Sabal uresana in a liner pot with soil. There are now 2 leaves emerging, so hopefully the palm will survive.

Tough buggers!

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Maybe get some rocks next to them to soak in some more heat during the day… I walked by my brick west side wall of my house just now and I could feel the heat radiating off it a good three feet away… 

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6 hours ago, Chester B said:

Tough buggers!

It appears so, earlier this year there was spear pull and It looked dead and rotten, but it is still alive.

I'll get a picture tomorrow. 

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Here is a quick shot. The palm experienced warm 7b/cold 8a temperatures in December. The color is correct, but this particular plant was very blue/silver last year and appears to finally be producing mature shaped leaves.

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Mine has a similar size heal as well

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I had a small Sabal Birmingham that looked like that . I planted it when it was very small and at least one bad winter about 7-8 years ago would knock  it back to  what your palm looked like and  I never expect it to do anything and then die  off . But  little by little it gained strength and size , and was damaged by 6F one night last winter , but basically laughed it off . I trimmed off most of  the damaged  fronds and if you look into the center your can see a damaged spear opening , but it is tough palm now . 

Here it is today , and a little trunk is forming .

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One really has to admire the hardiness of the sabal genus.

There is a lot of good news in this thread.

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