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Models are predicting polar vortex return for next Month

by Axel » 9 hours ago in Palms and The Tropical Look

The medium term models are now picking up on a polar vortex feature for mid-November. Folks on the West Coast can calm down, the polar vortex feature is showing up quite a ways East of us. Not good for folks in the South and Southeast, but despite what the models say, we should stay vigilant. This appears in line with all the long term predictions, albeit a bit earlier than anticipated, and troublesome for California as this is a pretty good indicator El Nino is weak and we may be in for a continuation of drought conditions.

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Which palms are your best Winter growers?

by Axel » 9 hours ago in Palms and The Tropical Look

Winter is rapidly heading our way, and it's looking like it will be a balmy warm one for the West Coast this year. In past years, all the palms I grew were Winter growers. All my trachycarpus, most brahea except armata, parajubaea, rhopies, kentia all are strong Winter growers. These past couple of years I've added many palms that do shut down over Winter.

It's almost easier to name those I have that won't grow in the Winter: copernicia, licuala, and ... well, I am coming up empty on more examples. Even my sabal grow in the Winter months, and last year, my bismarckia put out two new leaves during the Winter months, one in December and one in February. And that was after lots of 42-45F lows in October and November. This year is much, much warmer.

Nothing short of moving my copernicia and licuala will make them grow in the Winter. But a lot of other stuff keeps going.

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Trachycarpus nanus

by Kev Spence » 18 hours ago in Palms and The Tropical Look

Apologies if you read GOTE as this is a duplicate post.

Just snapped a couple of end of season pics of this diminutive palm that does not form a trunk above ground apparently.. :lol:

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Figuring out livistona saribus

by Axel » 1 day ago in Palms and The Tropical Look

There are apparently two forms of livistona saribus, a red petiole form and a green petiole form. I've seen both growing at the Huntington, and the green petiole form looks much more vibrant. But the red petiole form looks more tropical.

Apparently. the "red petiole" form is much less hardy than the "green petiole" form. The green petiole form is even more cold hardy than L. chinensis. There are reports that some established saribus took 15F without a trace of damage while nearby chinensis were burned during the 1989 Florida freeze.

My l. saribus are both the green petiole forms and I grow one of them in the coldest, frostiest part of my garden where it hit 26F last Winter without a single trace of damage. This is a solid palm. But I am curious about the red petiole form, I have photos of the Huntington ones somewhere that I will have to dig up.

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hardytropicals.com

by mattb » 2 days ago in Nurseries

I'm happy to see Marc who runs this company still in business and hope his business is doing well. I purchased from him about 15 years ago when I was just learning to garden and he got me off to a successful start. I bought a small palm which was supposed to be T. wagnerianus which Marc later learned was not (most likely Trachycarpus fortunei nainital). That palm now has a nice fat trunk and has been growing nicely at my sisters house for years. I'm not sure if he still ships the palms bare root but he does an excellent job packaging and provides very helpful instructions to those who (like me 15 years ago just getting started gardening) know nothing about planting bare root palms. I was very happy to noticing noticeable growth within days of planting it.

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