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by wxman
Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:27 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: Zone 5 Hardy Bamboo
Replies: 11
Views: 6838

I planted P. nuda last summer. Gave it no mulch this winter or any other protection. It came back just fine here in zone 5b :). Winter low was -16F.
by wxman
Thu Jun 04, 2015 5:43 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Been a while since I posted...
Replies: 7
Views: 3237

Been a while since I posted...

Who wants to see my windmill palm?? It's growing faster than the dandelions and crab grass :) Flowering a ton this year. I'm scratching my head on how I'm going to protect this thing in the next year. http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/wxman81/IMG_5516_zpsvbfkqhm7.jpg http://i7.photobucket.com/al...
by wxman
Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:21 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Canary Island Date Palm in zones 5-7?
Replies: 7
Views: 2591

Re: Canary Island Date Palm in zones 5-7?

Anyone have any luck....and their success story in getting these to survive winters in those zones? Picked up 3 (two smaller ones) on a road trip to California this spring. Going to just keep them in pots in garage this winter, but would sure like to plant one of the smaller ones in the spring if t...
by wxman
Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:42 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: The tale of unprotected young trachys
Replies: 11
Views: 3647

I spread the seeds in late November.

And what does it matter if the meristem is above or below ground? The ground was frozen SOLID down 3 feet last winter. I don't think location would change the fate of the trees in that condition.
by wxman
Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:34 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: The tale of unprotected young trachys
Replies: 11
Views: 3647

pitotes wrote:Where did.you get seeds from
I got them from a guy in Tennessee.
by wxman
Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:41 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: The tale of unprotected young trachys
Replies: 11
Views: 3647

The tale of unprotected young trachys

I scattered these trachy seeds in the far reaches of my backyard in late fall 2012. Last summer they germinated and grew one strap leaf each before winter set it. I did nothing to protect them going into winter. No extra mulch, no leaves, definitely no heat. I only let them have what mother nature d...
by wxman
Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:03 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Trachys are weeds in Wisconsin :)
Replies: 5
Views: 2556

Trachys are weeds in Wisconsin :)

7/25/08

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7/6/14

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6 feet of clear trunk now. To the moon!
by wxman
Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:00 pm
Forum: Indoor Palms
Topic: Yet another new addition........
Replies: 227
Views: 105459

Scott,

How is the parajubaea??
by wxman
Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:09 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Finished the pond and other pics
Replies: 12
Views: 4066

Finished the pond and other pics

Well, whoever has been following me these past few months know that I was put in charge of landscaping for the new building we are moving into at work. I've been working out there about 8 hours a week since March... first it was clear cutting a bunch of trees, shrubs, etc. Then I had to move a bunch...
by wxman
Thu May 08, 2014 6:56 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Big palm shipment is in!
Replies: 11
Views: 3213

Progress pic.

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by wxman
Thu May 01, 2014 9:27 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Big palm shipment is in!
Replies: 11
Views: 3213

No Phoenix, lol. I like cold hardy ones that only have to be covered 3 months a year. I got them from Palms Unlimited out of Mobile, AL. Great company to work with and the palms look great. The pallet was 1,100 lbs and cost approx $1,200 shipped to my loading dock. The needles ARE huge. I didn't mea...
by wxman
Thu May 01, 2014 10:04 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Big palm shipment is in!
Replies: 11
Views: 3213

Big palm shipment is in!

1,100 lbs of palms here. (3) needle palms and (1) windmill palm.

Looks like I have a lot of work ahead of me later this afternoon to get them in the ground.

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by wxman
Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Some new plantings today to kick off spring!
Replies: 3
Views: 2258

If only nurseries up here were brave enough to get a few of these..... Slightly unrelated question.... do you remember when you started your papaya seeds last year? Yeah, the nurseries down here won't even carry those northern belles even though the tag says zone 4. The guy says they aren't hardy h...
by wxman
Sat Apr 05, 2014 7:03 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Ugghh.... unboxing has begun...
Replies: 40
Views: 14136

Sorry man. Sucks that it fried up. Living across the pond from you, I really think you should get styrofoam in there somehow. It will help lower your electric bill and also insulate the palm better. I can even see a big hole where the cord comes in. I bet your palm saw extended periods of temps bel...
by wxman
Sat Apr 05, 2014 6:33 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: CIDP Planted
Replies: 18
Views: 4684

Looks great! I'd love to try a CIDP here.
by wxman
Sat Apr 05, 2014 6:25 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Ugghh.... unboxing has begun...
Replies: 40
Views: 14136

Sorry man. Sucks that it fried up. Living across the pond from you, I really think you should get styrofoam in there somehow. It will help lower your electric bill and also insulate the palm better. I can even see a big hole where the cord comes in. I bet your palm saw extended periods of temps belo...
by wxman
Sat Apr 05, 2014 5:50 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Uncovered my windmill palm last weekend
Replies: 4
Views: 1929

Uncovered my windmill palm last weekend

Finally getting around to posting pics, but I uncovered my windmill palm last weekend. Here's how it looks after the 3rd coldest winter ever. Its pushing 10' tall and looks better than some windmill palms in Atlanta :) http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/wxman81/IMG_04011_zps8667a308.jpg Pic from ...
by wxman
Sat Apr 05, 2014 5:48 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Some new plantings today to kick off spring!
Replies: 3
Views: 2258

Some new plantings today to kick off spring!

I picked up my 5 Magnolia virginiana 'Northern Belles' yesterday and planted them today. I planted 3 at work where I am doing a complete landscape overall to the new building we are moving in. I planted 2 in my front yard which will hopefully help compliment my 'Edith Bogue' and '24 Below' -- I hope...
by wxman
Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:49 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Opened up the Washies
Replies: 25
Views: 6272

heat your rostratas or just tent them? only a tent covered in 6ml vapor barrier, open at ends. You'll be taking your boxes off soon, Tim? Thanks Erik, really surprised the Brahea didn't seem to mind the darkness. That concerned me more than the temp because it had C-9s on a thermocube. The "solar p...
by wxman
Sat Mar 08, 2014 6:01 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: The things we do............
Replies: 9
Views: 2299

I just water the plants in my greenhouse with cold tap water. I haven't seen any ill effects yet this year. Don't have the patience to warm the water up before using lol.
by wxman
Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:57 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Opened up the Washies
Replies: 25
Views: 6272

Barb,

Everything looks great! Do you heat your rostratas or just tent them?
by wxman
Mon Sep 02, 2013 6:11 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Early September Pictures
Replies: 10
Views: 2383

Early September Pictures

Here are some pictures I took today around the yard. My two windmill palms. http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/wxman81/IMG_5130_zpsf01f7ab5.jpg Full of seeds. http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/wxman81/IMG_5131_zps59f3c231.jpg http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/wxman81/IMG_5133_zps9f988203....
by wxman
Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:28 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: End of July Update
Replies: 5
Views: 2159

Thanks guys. The EE bulbs were the size of golf balls when I planted them this spring. Yes the papaya are pushing 3 feet. I went to the local grocery store in spring, picked up a papaya, and harvested the seeds. Started them in my greenhouse in March/April and into the ground the end of May. Seem to...
by wxman
Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:15 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: End of July Update
Replies: 5
Views: 2159

End of July Update

Was working in the garden tonight and decided to snap a bunch of pictures. Things are progressing really nicely! The windmill palms http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/wxman81/IMG_5111_zpsf86cf016.jpg http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/wxman81/IMG_5101_zps04e3c7ff.jpg http://i7.photobucket.com/...
by wxman
Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:53 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Windmill Palm Seeds and Miscellaneous Other Shots
Replies: 16
Views: 5735

Scott,

I apply Carl Pool in mid May and early July. I Miracle-Gro every other week all summer and water every other day. It seems to have worked. From 3 gallon to flowering in 5 years (in Wisconsin).

Barb,

Yes I need to get some updated shots. The jungle is going nuts out there!
by wxman
Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:05 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Windmill Palm Seeds and Miscellaneous Other Shots
Replies: 16
Views: 5735

sidpook wrote:
wxman wrote:Thanks everyone.
just curious: what are your average minimum temps at night in summer up there??
Every night is usually between 62 and 70 between end of June and early September.
by wxman
Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:32 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Some garden pics from July 10,2013
Replies: 24
Views: 8407

You are winning the thai giant contest man :) My leaf is only 24".
by wxman
Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:31 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Windmill Palm Seeds and Miscellaneous Other Shots
Replies: 16
Views: 5735

Thanks everyone.
by wxman
Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:19 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Windmill Palm Seeds and Miscellaneous Other Shots
Replies: 16
Views: 5735

Windmill Palm Seeds and Miscellaneous Other Shots

Well, it's official. I may have the first seeding windmill palm in Wisconsin! Can't wait to see if I can actually germinate these next year! http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/wxman81/IMG_5098_zps6bcbb58a.jpg http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/wxman81/IMG_5099_zpsdc7edf24.jpg Here's what greet...
by wxman
Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:46 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Die back palm experiment.
Replies: 40
Views: 13016

You think they will come back again next year or go into decline?
by wxman
Sun Jun 30, 2013 6:57 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Magnolia grandiflora '24 below' update
Replies: 8
Views: 5142

Update. Pretty much leafed out now.

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by wxman
Sun Jun 30, 2013 6:48 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Five Years In the Ground
Replies: 5
Views: 1743

Five Years In the Ground

I know it's a month early, but close enough. Ok 59 months in the ground ;) From this. http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/wxman81/IMG_0527-1.jpg To this http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/wxman81/IMG_5090_zpsa0d24e43.jpg My front yard went from this. http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/wxman8...
by wxman
Tue Jun 25, 2013 6:43 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Reminiscing the past and enjoying the present!
Replies: 7
Views: 2597

Thanks everyone! I hopefully will be able to eat the citrus before fall. Man that stuff ripens slowly! LOL. So far I've gotten about 10 inches of rain in the last 2 months. An inch fell today so far. Just the opposite of last year! And no phoenix sylvestris. LOL. As cool as they are, I think they'd ...
by wxman
Sun Jun 23, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Reminiscing the past and enjoying the present!
Replies: 7
Views: 2597

Reminiscing the past and enjoying the present!

Hit 90 degrees officially in my yard today and with dewpoints in the low 70s it was definitely a nice, hot, muggy day. Love days like this. Just over a month ago I had the worst devastating May freeze I can ever remember ... and it came in an already cold spring. This past week has been very nice an...
by wxman
Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:44 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Some pics around the yard tonight
Replies: 6
Views: 2230

canadianplant wrote:Everything looks good! I bought a tango mandarin and a mayer lemon recently too. What temps have they seen outside?
They were outside during the 29F event on May 13th.
by wxman
Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:27 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Some pics around the yard tonight
Replies: 6
Views: 2230

Some pics around the yard tonight

Finally starting to warm up. What a slow, delayed spring this year. But it's time to look forward to the summer and not get upset about a spring that you can't control. Here are some pictures. My windmill palms are starting to really push the fronds out again. http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/w...
by wxman
Wed Jun 05, 2013 7:09 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Magnolia grandiflora '24 below' update
Replies: 8
Views: 5142

Agreed. Your 24 below looks like my 'Springgrove #19" did this spring, some leaf damage but not too much. My #19 subsequently dropped its leaves and it in the process to leafing out. And the bud that it had is still firm and will pop probably in July. I'm thinking these Spring grove plants are cros...
by wxman
Fri May 31, 2013 6:16 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Magnolia grandiflora '24 below' update
Replies: 8
Views: 5142

Magnolia grandiflora '24 below' update

It is now confirmed. My magnolia grandiflora '24 below' made it through winter with ZERO dieback. All the buds are now swelling and it's beginning to leaf out. It was wrapped with plastic its first winter. http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/wxman81/IMG_5037_zpsf979505b.jpg http://i7.photobucket.c...
by wxman
Fri May 24, 2013 7:56 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: They're here
Replies: 10
Views: 3432

How much $$$ for those?
by wxman
Thu May 16, 2013 6:05 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Wisconsin Flowering Windmill Palm Update and Surprise
Replies: 2
Views: 1003

Wisconsin Flowering Windmill Palm Update and Surprise

My two windmill palms. http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/wxman81/IMG_4914_zps170bb457.jpg It's beginning to open. Male or female? http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/wxman81/IMG_4916_zps2ad4aa9c.jpg Uh oh! Surprise!! My other windmill palm (big one) is now beginning to flower too!!! http://i7....