Search found 105 matches

by kspalmguy
Thu Sep 04, 2014 3:32 pm
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Random thought...
Replies: 2
Views: 2167

Random thought...

I've had a random thought for a long long time, and perhaps it has been discussed here before...but theoretically, if you could wrap heat cable around palm roots and protect with a large enough temporary greenhouse in winter, could you grow more tender palms in cooler climates?? (coconuts, adonidia,...
by kspalmguy
Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:07 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: My highly experimental collection has grown! ;)
Replies: 5
Views: 1953

I went out of town for a week in July, and when I came back, the damage was done...I do spray, but it doesn't seem to make much difference with grasshoppers. It's funny, they don't mess with the Sabals or Washies...
by kspalmguy
Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:47 pm
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Best winter protection for SE Kansas (zone 7a)
Replies: 5
Views: 4129

Best winter protection for SE Kansas (zone 7a)

About time to start thinking about protection methods here in southeast Kansas...our first freeze falls around the first week of November.  Here's what I have in the ground: Trachycarpus, Sabal mexicana, three Washingtonia "filibusta", and a Chamaerops humilis. I plan to build boxes from that inch-t...
by kspalmguy
Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:33 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: My highly experimental collection has grown! ;)
Replies: 5
Views: 1953

I do, but cannot post them from my ipad here at work...I will upload them as soon as I get home:)
by kspalmguy
Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: My highly experimental collection has grown! ;)
Replies: 5
Views: 1953

My highly experimental collection has grown! ;)

First post on here in a while...this has definitely been a productive summer here in southeast Kansas...As of right now, I have in the ground: a Trachy, a Butia, three Washy "filibusta", a Chamaerops, and a Sabal mexicana...all growing very well, with the exception of the Trachy, which was literally...
by kspalmguy
Sat May 10, 2014 4:18 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Wichita's palms after the Arctic's visit...;)
Replies: 4
Views: 1639

I guess I can dream huh? ;) I often have actual dreams that I'm driving around Wichita and come across a palm I've never seen before...
by kspalmguy
Thu May 08, 2014 11:13 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Wichita's palms after the Arctic's visit...;)
Replies: 4
Views: 1639

Looks like our lowest this year was 5 degrees F...only one night...However, we had many days where the highs were only in the upper 20s, and about a week where there was 3 inches of snow on the ground. When the polar vortex came through, it dropped into the teens and stayed there for 3 days...fun! H...
by kspalmguy
Thu May 08, 2014 6:08 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Wichita's palms after the Arctic's visit...;)
Replies: 4
Views: 1639

Wichita's palms after the Arctic's visit...;)

Here's some pictures of some Sabal (and a needle) specimens in Wichita, they all look great! (Sorry for the blurry pictures, I'll go back and get better ones tomorrow or Saturday... http://s4.postimg.org/ev9ncqd8p/photo_1.jpg http://s17.postimg.org/m1qclw9gr/photo_2.jpg http://s27.postimg.org/ngp5q8...
by kspalmguy
Wed May 07, 2014 8:49 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Talk me out of giving up
Replies: 2
Views: 1236

Unfortunately, losses like this are part of the hobby:/ Don't give up, bro! My butia's spear pulled after a very unseasonable and extremely rare hard freeze in early April, my Sabal palmetto is drying up from the drought, despite frequent irrigation, and the wind has literally shredded one of my Tra...
by kspalmguy
Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:11 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Die back palm experiment.
Replies: 40
Views: 13016

The thing about living out in the middle of nowhere is I can do whatever I want with my palms, and there is nobody around to care;) (closest neighbor is 1/4 mile away) ;)
by kspalmguy
Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:46 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: CIDP Planted
Replies: 18
Views: 4683

Looks awesome! I'm very jealous of your nice looking soil, by the way;)
by kspalmguy
Wed Apr 02, 2014 1:28 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Die back palm experiment.
Replies: 40
Views: 13016

Funny how we all got into this mess with one palm, and now we're hooked, and in my case, driving 5 and a half hours to buy more...haha;)
by kspalmguy
Wed Apr 02, 2014 11:02 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Die back palm experiment.
Replies: 40
Views: 13016

Wow, to have it make it through a winter...and to loose it when its nice outside. Tough loss. Yeah, I was pretty devastated:/ I overwintered it by throwing a tomato cage around it and stuffing that with leaves...that spring, it was pretty bad looking, but about 3 weeks later, a new little spear sho...
by kspalmguy
Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:57 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Die back palm experiment.
Replies: 40
Views: 13016

Livistona was my very first palm, I bought it when I was probably 10 years old. I managed to overwinter it in the ground, only to have it die the following summer while we were out of town (we were on a 10 day cruise in the West Indies, and my dad's friend watching the house forgot to water it) duri...
by kspalmguy
Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:55 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Soil too slowly draining for Sabal texana?
Replies: 12
Views: 3099

Does Texana means Brazoriensis? . Sabal texana usually means Sabal mexicana but purchased in the Republic of Texas. They're touchy down there. :lol: Haha it's funny that you bring that up because when I bought it, after learning they didn't sell Washingtonias at this particular nursery, I asked if ...
by kspalmguy
Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:53 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Soil too slowly draining for Sabal texana?
Replies: 12
Views: 3099

Mate all the Sabals will find their own way to the water (whatever the soil) even through clay, its not their favorite soil but dont worry much. Does Texana means Brazoriensis? Make a few photos of it, especially if its a bigger one, please.. Put some small stones on the bottom of that hole and mix...
by kspalmguy
Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:58 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Die back palm experiment.
Replies: 40
Views: 13016

My Majesty has popped open two new spears so far, and yes, I am intending to grow it as an annual. They ARE insanely cheap at Lowes...here in Wichita, Lowes used to sell Livistona, but stopped...too bad really:/
Excuse my naivety before...lol ;)
by kspalmguy
Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:55 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Soil too slowly draining for Sabal texana?
Replies: 12
Views: 3099

Hey, don't give me all the credit for that plan, it comes from you guys here at PalmsNorth and folks over at PT ;) I'd be lost in the palm world without y'all...thanks!! :)
by kspalmguy
Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:29 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Soil too slowly draining for Sabal texana?
Replies: 12
Views: 3099

Sabal minor will be fine. Would be happier with afternoon shade, so maybe shade it some if leaves seem to burn in June. Can the palmetto be up close to the house? Easier to protect, like Lucky1's Trachy. Perhaps, however, the builder who built our house backfilled everything with clay, instead of g...
by kspalmguy
Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Soil too slowly draining for Sabal texana?
Replies: 12
Views: 3099

My advice is to put a Sabal minor there. Good idea, I'll do just that...now to fill in the massive hole I made:P My palmetto would probably look and do better as a specimen palm in the yard anyway, instead of close to the house. Edit: Whoops, in the original post, I meant to put NW side of the hous...
by kspalmguy
Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:00 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Soil too slowly draining for Sabal texana?
Replies: 12
Views: 3099

Soil too slowly draining for Sabal texana?

I have a 15 gallon Sabal texana that I am wanting to plant on the NE corner of my house. I dug a large hole (2 feet wide by 2 feet deep) and filled it with water where I intend to plant. The water took well over 4 hours to completely drain from the hole (lots of clay). Will this drown my Sabal if I ...
by kspalmguy
Mon Mar 31, 2014 8:36 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Huge bummer this morning:(
Replies: 13
Views: 3539

Yes, I remember that day! It dropped into the upper 30s here (I am right about 100 miles NW of Tulsa as the crow flies).
by kspalmguy
Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:12 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Huge bummer this morning:(
Replies: 13
Views: 3539

Looks like it's gonna drop to 36F tonight, this is crazy! Latest winter ever! Better cover my babies just to be safe:)
by kspalmguy
Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:17 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Date palm lives through a zone 6b winter
Replies: 7
Views: 2608

I don't know my Phoenix real well, is that Dactylifera? Or something else? I too am in zone 6b...
by kspalmguy
Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:47 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Ugghh.... unboxing has begun...
Replies: 40
Views: 14136

Dang:( Sorry your palms took a hit...wishing you luck! Looks like some healthy green on some of those fronds, my guess is they'll be good as new soon:) There is still some green on them and the spears pushing out look good too yet, heck for all I know those may have pushed out while in the box... I...
by kspalmguy
Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:45 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: I still cant pull my spear
Replies: 10
Views: 2915

I don't have the most experience with palms, but I can imagine if the spear doesn't pull easily, your palm isn't dead...looks like a lot of green left on those petioles, best of luck to you!
by kspalmguy
Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:44 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Huge bummer this morning:(
Replies: 13
Views: 3539

Also, here's my Washies...not looking too good, they were pretty rootbound, and I think I overwatered...hopefully they'll come back though. These are the "Filibusta" hybrid http://s21.postimg.org/wzsgu5wmb/photo_1.jpg http://s8.postimg.org/d2d9ojgsh/photo_2.jpg Edit: These were planted today, and di...
by kspalmguy
Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:37 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Protecting very large palms
Replies: 18
Views: 4097

There s a link on Youtube who someone post, never seen that video before but it is in Kansas. The guy protect large Sabal Palmetto with wrapping, check it out :D http://youtu.be/qUVi3Mcvgxs Ben Wow! Pretty cool! Lee's Summit is a good zone and a half colder than me, so this makes me feel more optim...
by kspalmguy
Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:35 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Ugghh.... unboxing has begun...
Replies: 40
Views: 14136

Dang:( Sorry your palms took a hit...wishing you luck! Looks like some healthy green on some of those fronds, my guess is they'll be good as new soon:)
by kspalmguy
Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:07 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Huge bummer this morning:(
Replies: 13
Views: 3539

Pics of all my palms, 36 hours after 25F temperatures...lookin' good for now! You can see some folded fronds on Trachy and slight yellowing and brown spots on Sabal...I'm assuming just minor freeze damage. The thing was covered in ice! Sabal is also a little crooked, 45mph winds (common in Kansas) t...
by kspalmguy
Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:02 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Huge bummer this morning:(
Replies: 13
Views: 3539

They'll be fine. So, where did you get the Sabal palmetto? Photos of it for us? I bought it at Covington's Nursery in Rowlett, TX. http://s7.postimg.org/4in83ho7r/photo_4_2.jpg Here's a pic of it, wind tipped it over this morning and spilled most of the soil out into the yard, so I had to take some...
by kspalmguy
Sun Mar 30, 2014 4:59 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Huge bummer this morning:(
Replies: 13
Views: 3539

Weathermen SUCK! Last fall was headed out of town for 4 days, lows predicted low 20's. Left all(6 potted mexican fan palms, 1 Blue Mexican fan palm, 3 CIDP's 1 Silver Mediterranean and 1 Green Mediterranean all in pots) Two mexican fan palms in the ground, but with protection up, but not capped off...
by kspalmguy
Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Huge bummer this morning:(
Replies: 13
Views: 3539

Good tips. Lows are in the 50s as far as the forecast goes with an exception of next Thursday, which looks like 38. But I will wait til after that to plant them, just in case. Lol. So the cold damaged butia won't be hurt anymore being planted? Sorry for all the questions, by the way...
by kspalmguy
Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:35 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Huge bummer this morning:(
Replies: 13
Views: 3539

I feel a lot better...lol I brought the Sabal and Butia inside this morning, but left the Trachy outside...it looked completely fine. Here's some pictures of the other palms: http://s4.postimg.org/ma16iwujd/photo_1_1.jpg http://s22.postimg.org/o07j3k4bx/photo_2_2.jpg http://s30.postimg.org/acaod6n71...
by kspalmguy
Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:58 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Huge bummer this morning:(
Replies: 13
Views: 3539

Huge bummer this morning:(

I bought a beautiful Texas sabal in Dallas yesterday. The palm is about 5 feet tall with an inch or so of "trunk"...Anyway, last night, I decided to leave all my palms out in their "acclimation area" before I plant. Low was anticipated to be 32F. Long story short, that was wrong, and when I woke up ...
by kspalmguy
Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:48 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Tomorrow is the day to plant:)
Replies: 13
Views: 3006

I moved them outside today to let them acclimate in their pots...However, tonight, the temperatures are supposed to drop to right at freezing (32F, 0C)..will this hurt my palms? I had moved them inside last night because I was concerned, but I decided to move them out again today, it's probably best...
by kspalmguy
Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:01 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Where to buy Washingtonia filifera in DFW area
Replies: 1
Views: 922

Where to buy Washingtonia filifera in DFW area

I'm making a run to Dallas (McKinney actually, for an aviation-related event) tomorrow and I'd like to pick up a California fan palm while I'm down there, I called several places and asked, Landscape Source out in Rockwall only had W. robusta...North Texas Palms & Pottery (where I bought my trachy a...
by kspalmguy
Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:14 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Anyone know where to buy a Sabal palmetto?
Replies: 5
Views: 1694

Thanks for replies... I found the Big Tex nursery and called them a few days ago, all they had was 30 gallon...not sure I could fit one of those in my little Ford Taurus;P Anyway, how fast do these grow? If I were to buy a couple seedlings on ebay, how long would it be before they looked like Sabals...
by kspalmguy
Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:11 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Tomorrow is the day to plant:)
Replies: 13
Views: 3006

I will do just that as soon as I'm off work! Thanks! Also, anyone know if trachycarpus can handle full sunlight? I know my butia and Washingtonias can, but I'm wondering about the trachy, as the only places suitable to plant it will have at least 6 hours of direct sunlight in the afternoon...:/
by kspalmguy
Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:44 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Anyone know where to buy a Sabal palmetto?
Replies: 5
Views: 1694

Anyone know where to buy a Sabal palmetto?

I'm looking for nurseries or other sources that sell Sabal palmettos, particularly in Texas. I've searched several places, but have no idea where to find one...any sources would be appreciated! Thanks!