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coming back to the forum after a very long break

by CJW_Asia » 4 days ago in PNW Palms and Exotics

I've been extremely busy the last 6 or so months working on call and being involved with helping out refugees from Syria. Anyways.... I am now going to be posting more on the forum regarding our beloved subtropicals.

Just a little note about our colder than normal winter/spring, the good news is that we are coming out of a La-Nina quite very quickly. Prediction models for JJAS have us right back into a rapidly building El-nino situation. :D

Despite the long cold we've had, have had only a few things get minor damage/burnt.
Our minimum temps didn't fall below -4c but they lasted far longer than I can ever remember. :o

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What happens if you graft a vigorous variety onto Suebelle?

by jonathan415 » 1 week ago in Rare Fruits, Edibles and Permaculture with a focus on tropicals

I am thinking about buying a 15 gallon Suebelle White Sapote.
They didn't have any other variety in a 15 gallon, and I'm impatient for fruit, so no other choice.

I heard Suebelle is a very slow growing tree.

I'm just curious what will happen if I decide, I want my tree to grow much faster.

Can I just graft a very vigorous variety onto the vertical shoot of the Suebelle and let it take over, to increase growth rate?

Or will the Suebelle affect the growth rate of anything I graft onto it.

Anyone have any experience with this?

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Trithrinax schizophylla var.bifabellata

by Kev Spence » 2 weeks ago in PNW Palms and Exotics

Against better judgement a couple of years ago I bought another Trithrinax but not campestris this time but purported to be Trithrinax schizophylla var.bifabellata.
It seems to have survived quite well with a roof over it during our colder months.
I think using one of the few slopes in my garden has helped with the drainage as it seems bone dry at the roots today when I snapped these photos.

I guess being on this slope you get a better view of the needles on the trunk it was purchased from Andy Pearson

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Does anyone grow or have any luck with this palm spp over the pond?

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A very wet Winter Day . March 9

by Banana Joe » 3 weeks ago in PNW Palms and Exotics

Shot this at 5 pm in our garden https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD6EQvmJ2Lo

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Acacia dealbata in Victoria, BC

by Glen in Surrey » 3 weeks ago in PNW Palms and Exotics

I must have posted a pic of this tree last spring, so here's the 2017 update. The photo (fighting with glare from the sky...apologies) was taken a couple weeks back when this wattle was in full bloom...what a wonderful microclimate this James Bay neighbourhood of Victoria has! No winter damage at all was visible.

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On even a short walk in this area, the gardens reveal far more interesting variety of plants than I see almost anywhere else...pittosporums, olearias, tons of hardy cyclamens...and I'm sure lots more that I didn't notice or ID.

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