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3/14/2015 11:33 pm  #1


Post winter pics of my palms in OKC

So here's how things looked today after the worst of the winter is behind us (I sure hope so anyway). Lowest temp reported from my town this year was 12F. We had snow/ice about 5 times this year, but none was too bad. (I think about 3" max for a single event) I don't have a ton of stuff in the ground here, but most of it came out well.

First up is my little trachycarpus wagnerianius. First winter in the ground. It did spear pull, but it doesn't look too bad. I've given it some hydrogen peroxide, and I hope it grows right out of it. 

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Regular trachy is bigger. Also first winter in ground. No spear pull. Looks good overall. I am definitely pleased with how it came through.

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This little sabal minor looks pretty well untouched. I didn't even pile any leaves or mulch around it. They just handle our winters better than any other palm in my limited experience.

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Seedlings don't all come through unscathed though. You can see that some of these little minors are totally brown, others have a little brown, and yet others are totally green. I'm sure it's probably cold damage, but I also didn't water them all winter either.

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This little needle in front has a few brown leaflet tips, but other than that it is obviously bronzed. It sits underneath three blackjack oaks, so it gets lots of shade in the summer and lots sun in the winter. Also first winter in the ground.

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Smaller needle seedlings in a corner.

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My little C. radicalis sits in a very protected little corner near my front door. It looked great through december, then started getting toasted in January. It has overhead protection so it never got snow or ice on it. I did put leaves around the base and I put a 5 gallon bucket over it on particularly cold windy nights. Bottom line is that it is on a north wall and it took several dips unprotected into the teens and came through nicely....but it seems after enough trips into the teens and enough cold days that it met its match. That only green leaf leaft opened in January also.
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Just to show that spring seems to be here, my little filibustas in pots (that got damaged) are already growing. You can see this little one pushing out a damaged spear.

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Now a few happy indoor plants.

My little Manila palm pushed a spear out and opened a new leaf in the winter here in the house. Not bad.

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Cat palm with its second flower stallk blooming in the last few weeks.

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And the plants under my grow light. This was my first winter to have it and it has kept my plants very happy. It is shining on 2 varieties of EE, Siam Ruby bananas, 4 papaya trees, a mandarin orange tree, a few bromiliads, some seedling birminghams and pomegranates, and some cyperus involucratus.

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I hope your gardens are getting ready for another growing season. Thanks for looking.


 

 

3/15/2015 12:24 am  #2


Re: Post winter pics of my palms in OKC

Looking good Ben. What strain of Sabal minor is that?

 

3/15/2015 7:45 am  #3


Re: Post winter pics of my palms in OKC

Nice update.  Waggies are tough and that guy will be pushing out fronds before you know it.  Nothing like that feeling each spring when you see a spear starting to push up.

 

3/15/2015 9:34 am  #4


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Aaron z7 Utah wrote:

Looking good Ben. What strain of Sabal minor is that?

Thanks Aaron. I wish I remembered what type of minor it was. I have sprouted, given away, and received so many sabal minor seedlings that I haven't kept good track of where they all came from. It is most likely from from the seed of a parent plant somewhere in the Tulsa area. I've sprouted seeds in the last few years from minors in Tulsa, OKC, and McCurtain county OK.

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3/15/2015 9:40 am  #5


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PJ Orlando FL wrote:

Nice update.  Waggies are tough and that guy will be pushing out fronds before you know it.  Nothing like that feeling each spring when you see a spear starting to push up.

 
Thanks PJ. The trachys both look so good overall after their first winter in the groind that I am really happy about how they performed with no protection. Its spear has pulled before when it was in a pot, so I have high hopes that it will still put on plenty of new growth this year

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3/15/2015 9:55 am  #6


Re: Post winter pics of my palms in OKC

Ben, the needle that's bronzed will be OK.  They are tough as nails once established, but it can take a little while for them to settle in.


Professional Horticulturist since 1985.  Grew up near St Louis, MO and never liked winter.  Still don't, even here in Central FL.  At least the palm palette is better!  Our garden Winter Haven is USDA Zone 9a/9b
 

3/15/2015 12:08 pm  #7


Re: Post winter pics of my palms in OKC

Looks like everything made it through winter well.  Congrats on the Chamedorea especially, very nice!
 


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
 
 

3/15/2015 8:49 pm  #8


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Brad - Pittsburgh wrote:

Looks like everything made it through winter well.  Congrats on the Chamedorea especially, very nice!
 

Thanks Brad. I am happy that the radicalis appears to be alive after about 20 dips into the teens this winter, but I am considering just potting it back up. It is very tough to have survived an 8a winter on a north wall with no extra heat at all, but it is also surrounded by brick or concrete on 3 sides and has complete overhead protection. I think the worst thing for it was that it was open to the north and west, so it doesn't see any sun until late afternoon in the winter. So it probably experienced a lot of days that didn't really get above freezing.

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10/12/2015 5:58 pm  #9


Re: Post winter pics of my palms in OKC

I love that the little seedlings are still pulling through though!

 

1/06/2017 1:38 pm  #10


Re: Post winter pics of my palms in OKC

Wow great job, I hear H202 does work to prevent spear pulling, so neat to see it in the work! I wonder can I grow your variation in Knoxville Tennessee? Thanks

 

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