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3/08/2015 2:00 am  #1


Rhapidophyllum hystrix

They're looing good, hope they grow this summer.

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South East corner of the Salt Lake Valley.  Generally USDA zone 7a.
 

3/08/2015 7:21 am  #2


Re: Rhapidophyllum hystrix

Wow!, The look untouched.  Did you protect them at all?


Zone 6a, 20 miles SE of Pittsburgh
Previous gardens in Dubois, Pa, Walnut Creek, CA, and Lancaster, NY
Other gardening interests: Edibles, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies, and deer resistant, variegated and fragrant plants
 
 

3/08/2015 9:05 am  #3


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Brad - Pittsburgh wrote:

Wow!, The look untouched.  Did you protect them at all?

Thanks.  Yeah I protected them.  I haven't had good luck with needles, they seem less hardy than my trachies in my climate/soil/....  I'm hoping that's just until they become established.


South East corner of the Salt Lake Valley.  Generally USDA zone 7a.
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3/14/2015 11:26 pm  #4


Re: Rhapidophyllum hystrix

I have a blue pot needle from Walmart that's been through three winters now with only a leaf mulch for protection. It hasn't really had any cold damage but the snow beats it up a bit. I'll post a picture when I'm allowed to.

 

3/15/2015 7:50 am  #5


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Brian in Utah wrote:

I haven't had good luck with needles, they seem less hardy than my trachies in my climate/soil

Well that may be changing, it looks good.

 

3/17/2015 3:51 am  #6


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Here's my biggest needle. It's a little ragged but it's been through three winters without any cover. Growing in mostly shade.

 http://img249.imagevenue.com/loc250/th_545184982_DSC_0958_122_250lo.JPG

 

3/17/2015 5:38 pm  #7


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Brian
I don't know anything about your zone, but needles that size can go solo through winter here.  I've killed plenty of smaller ones.

 

3/17/2015 10:59 pm  #8


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Great looking needle! Looks like it's got a great jump start to the growing season with all that green to work with! 
I've had bad luck with needles also (blue pot from Lowes). Winter low was somewhere around 12F the year I planted it and the mother plant had spear pull. I dug it up even though the pups were still alive and replaced it with a med fan palm which has been a better fit for the spot. I didn't protect the needle but I do protect the med fan palm. 
I think I will try a needle palm again, but from a northern grower where they have seen cold, and with protection their first winter. So far in my yard, trachys and blue med fan palms are the only things that seem to be capable of handling my winter without protection. My blue pot Sabal minor seems less hardy than the average palmetto. Not a fan of those blue pot palms! 
 

 

3/22/2015 1:01 pm  #9


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That palm look good. It should increase in hardiness


Scorpio
 
 

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