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by Jova
Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:06 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Southern magnolia dropping most leaves. What to do?
Replies: 3
Views: 2537

Southern magnolia dropping most leaves. What to do?

Zone 6 southern indiana. My magnolia has been in the ground four years now. This year I decided to not use a burlap windscreen over the winter as I have done for the last few years, and of course, we ended up having the worst winter in decades. As of today, about 90% of the leaves are completely bro...
by Jova
Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:12 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: In-ground Indiana bananas!
Replies: 6
Views: 2423

Tiny fruits for sure, but we were still impressed. The plants reached the top of our 2 story farmhouse this year. I'll try to post more pics later.
by Jova
Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:09 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: In-ground Indiana bananas!
Replies: 6
Views: 2423

In-ground Indiana bananas!

My basjoos finally fruited this year! 6 years old, mulched during winter. <a href="http://s115.photobucket.com/albums/n290 ... =image.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n290 ... /image.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
by Jova
Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:46 pm
Forum: Weather & Climate
Topic: Ugly numbers
Replies: 12
Views: 3335

Im right there with you guys on the ridiculous heat index. I don't have any numbers to post, but I can certainly say that I haven't felt heat this miserable in a long time. AC can't keep up at my store, and the minute you step outside it just feels gross, so humid that it almost makes you feel a lit...
by Jova
Mon Jun 21, 2010 9:30 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Mimosa tree?
Replies: 7
Views: 4017

Thanks for the replies everyone! I took a nice drive around the area today and found out that mimosas are much more popular here than what I'd thought, and after seeing some huge specimens (some even bigger than what is described as the maximum size online) I don't really have any worries about mine...
by Jova
Sat Jun 19, 2010 12:12 am
Forum: Photo Gallery
Topic: My Calgary, Alberta Desert Garden
Replies: 14
Views: 6668

Duncan, the yard looks excellent! Great layout, very well thought-out. I look forward to hearing how your med. fan palm does, because if you can grow it up there, chances are that I have nothing to worry about with mine:)

Eric
by Jova
Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:48 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: 2 weeks worth of growth! + A warning...lot's of pics!
Replies: 14
Views: 2988

Everything is looking great Jim! Your castor beans are trumping mine right now... (are yours the giant zanzibar variety? I think it was you that recommended those to me, and that's what I've got growing this year) House looks great too... Did you do some work on it this year, or was I just paying mo...
by Jova
Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:38 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Mimosa tree?
Replies: 7
Views: 4017

Mimosa tree?

We've been shopping around for a couple tropical looking trees to plant in our front yard, and my mom suggested a Mimosa tree. I'd never heard of this tree before, but come to find out, many of the older folks around here remember them as being quite common years ago, but you rarely see them this fa...
by Jova
Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:23 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Azaleas?
Replies: 13
Views: 4060

Come to find out: azaleas are completely hardy here as well. I didn't know this at first, when I brought the 2 plants back from Virginia Beach, because the azaleas here aren't nearly as impressive as the ones I saw down south, where they grow into huge bushes. I'd love to be able to get mine to grow...
by Jova
Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:49 pm
Forum: Weather & Climate
Topic: What zone am I really in?
Replies: 4
Views: 2118

What zone am I really in?

Hello folks... This is something that really doesn't matter in the long run, but still intrigues me... The older US zone map that has been in effect for the last 20 years or so shows my location as right on the zone 5b/6a border, yet the newest zone map released by the arborday.org in the early 2000...
by Jova
Fri May 28, 2010 9:08 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: My newest flower bed...
Replies: 7
Views: 3397

Thanks for the replies everyone! Here's a pic of the bed currently. We planted a circle of red day lillies inside the outer circle of lillies, then planted 4 salvias and 2 musa basjoos in the center, planning on putting 2 castor beans toward the back section of the center of the circle. Everything i...
by Jova
Fri May 28, 2010 9:00 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: It's alive!!! :)
Replies: 15
Views: 6723

Sorry for the delay, but here are some pics of my musa basjoos as of yesterday 4/27/10. This is the clump that I covered completely that grew up through the protection back in march: http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n290/6oclock/Mobile%20Uploads/Photo0072.jpg And here are the other 2 clumps that I...
by Jova
Fri May 28, 2010 8:54 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Southern Magnolia questions
Replies: 12
Views: 4767

Here's a pic I snapped of the southern magnolia. It's been in the ground for 2 or 3 weeks now and already has over 6 inches of new growth. I can't believe how fast it's growing. I'm having to water it like crazy, even with it raining almost every day here, if we go a day with no rain, it looks sad b...
by Jova
Fri May 28, 2010 8:48 pm
Forum: Anything Cacti
Topic: Jova's raised cactus bed build, with pics!
Replies: 25
Views: 23215

Alrighty, finally snapped some pics of the cactus bed with some plants in it (sorry for the pic quality, took them with my phone). Everything is starting to take off, and all cacti are putting out new pads. It's been growing slowly for now, probably since it's rained almost every day for a month, bu...
by Jova
Thu May 27, 2010 10:40 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Long Overdue Front & Side Yard update (Palms will grow h
Replies: 31
Views: 8411

Wow Bill... Looks amazing!
by Jova
Tue May 25, 2010 11:34 pm
Forum: Photo Gallery
Topic: Look at what my wife brought home today
Replies: 32
Views: 14036

Looks excellent! Man, I gotta get a pool...
by Jova
Tue May 25, 2010 11:30 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Update on trunk cut Trachys (-:
Replies: 23
Views: 8000

Jim, I'm amazed at how fast your trachy fortunei grew after you cut it down... I had to cut mine down to the ground over two weeks ago, and when I checked it out today, it IS growing back, but only had about 1 inch of new growth. Is there anything that you did that I didn't do that I should do to he...
by Jova
Tue May 25, 2010 11:20 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Front yard update. Finished?
Replies: 28
Views: 7670

wax: looks very good... I'm glad that it's you that has to mow around all of that and not me:) As for the siam ruby, I bought a couple of those about a month ago and planted them outside. They haven't really done much so far, maybe grown an inch or so, and from what I've told, it's nearly impossible...
by Jova
Tue May 25, 2010 11:14 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Walmart
Replies: 32
Views: 9253

I found one of these palms at a local walmart here, 18 bucks for a 2-3 gallon needle palm... I bought it, and would have bought more, but it was the only one they had. The next day, I called every Walmart within reasonable driving distance to see if they had any more of these cold hardy palms (was l...
by Jova
Tue May 25, 2010 11:10 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Sad Sad Sad Queen palms : -(
Replies: 17
Views: 6625

Looks very nice Mark... and I noticed the ducks in the background of one of the earlier pics you posted:) I think that you're working way too hard by storing those queen palms in your house all winter, and I'm not sure how it is where you're at, but around here, you can pick up queen palms that are ...
by Jova
Sat May 22, 2010 7:28 pm
Forum: Photo Gallery
Topic: Look at what my wife brought home today
Replies: 32
Views: 14036

definitely sounds like you got a good deal... I imagine if I was even able to find a palm like that around here, it'd prolly be close to $215 just for the one palm:) Looking forward to pics of it in the ground!
by Jova
Tue May 18, 2010 10:29 pm
Forum: Member Introduction
Topic: Hi from Aurora, Colorado
Replies: 12
Views: 7877

nice trachy ya got there... I have one about that size, and another that WAS about that size till I sawed it's head off last week...
by Jova
Sat May 15, 2010 6:07 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Garden Video Update
Replies: 12
Views: 3757

Looks great Scotty! I look forward to hearing how everything does this year.
by Jova
Sat May 15, 2010 5:46 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Question about palms in zone 6a...
Replies: 8
Views: 2773

Thanks for the replies Bill and Jim... I've been trying to find a good place to buy a sabal for the last two years with no luck. Even on ebay the only thing I ever find are seeds or seedlings. Any recommendations on a place where I could buy a larger one?
by Jova
Fri May 14, 2010 11:16 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Pindo palm in a 6a???
Replies: 17
Views: 6261

Thanks for all the replies folks! I've decided that the pindo isn't the palm for me. My ultimate objective is to grow palms that can survive in my climate with zero to minimal protection after they are well established. So far, the only one that I think fits the bill is the needle palm, but I'd love...
by Jova
Fri May 14, 2010 10:55 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Question about palms in zone 6a...
Replies: 8
Views: 2773

Question about palms in zone 6a...

I live in zone 6a southern Indiana. I've tried palms for 2 years now with marginal success. What I'd like to do is plant palms that could possibly survive in my climate unprotected (or protected very minimally) once established. Last year I planted two trachy's, a needle and a chinese fan palm. The ...
by Jova
Wed May 12, 2010 9:53 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Defoliated Washy update
Replies: 9
Views: 2780

Looking excellent as always Bill!
by Jova
Tue May 11, 2010 11:15 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Front yard update. Finished?
Replies: 28
Views: 7670

Looking nice! What are you planning to do with the ensete come fall?
by Jova
Tue May 11, 2010 11:09 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Oleander?
Replies: 6
Views: 3205

Oleander?

I've found Oleander plants around 5-6 feet tall for sale at Lowe's and Walmart here in zone 6a southern Indiana this year. Seems odd to me that these places would sell these plants with a 1 year guarantee when they are rated to zone 8a. I'm thinking about trying one. Anyone have any input on these?
by Jova
Tue May 11, 2010 10:38 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Update on trunk cut Trachys (-:
Replies: 23
Views: 8000

Jim, one of my trachy's had completely defoliated and finally spear pulled today. I had to cut it down to the ground before I hit what looks like live material, and it now looks about the same as yours did when you cut it. It was only planted last year, and only had about 5 inches of trunk, now abou...
by Jova
Sun May 09, 2010 10:02 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: It's alive!!! :)
Replies: 15
Views: 6723

quick update here... the basjoos that I covered completely are about 8 feet tall right now, but looking a bit rough. They keep pushing out new leaves, but the wind has them looking pretty rough. The ones that I cut to the ground look absolutely perfect, and are 3 feet plus at this point. I'll see ho...
by Jova
Wed May 05, 2010 10:20 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Moving well established banana plants
Replies: 2
Views: 2195

What type of banana? Basjoo's I'm guessing? I've transplanted mine into other areas of my garden, and given starts to others as late as mid-june. They don't seem to like the transplanting, but all of the ones I've transplanted in the past always came around rather well after a month or so, grew to a...
by Jova
Mon May 03, 2010 11:51 pm
Forum: Member Introduction
Topic: Hi from Robert
Replies: 10
Views: 7537

Hi Rob... I get people gawking at my musa basjoos and trachy's here, so I can only imagine the type of attention you will get with similar species up there in Ontario:) I've got a couple years experience under my belt with what can handle the 6a climate in my area, so hopefully I might be able to of...
by Jova
Mon May 03, 2010 11:44 pm
Forum: Member Introduction
Topic: Hi from Aurora, Colorado
Replies: 12
Views: 7877

Welcome to the forums Kirk... You've certainly come to the right place... The folks here have been very helpful to me in the past. Best of luck!
by Jova
Mon May 03, 2010 11:29 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Southern Magnolia questions
Replies: 12
Views: 4767

Jim; climate here is pretty comparable to St. Louis... still haven't planted this tree yet. I've decided to plant it on the south side of the house, but the problem is that I've got so much other stuff on the south side that there isn't a space large enough to allow the 40 foot span that this tree i...
by Jova
Sat May 01, 2010 9:04 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: Camellia japonica, sasanqua, oleifera and sinensis
Replies: 55
Views: 25570

I'm definitely going to be following this thread, since I've had the idea of growing these plants in my 6a garden for some time! I saw some great deals on these when I was in Virginia Beach on vacation a couple weeks ago, but just not enough room in the car since the southern magnolia took up all th...
by Jova
Sat May 01, 2010 8:37 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: My newest flower bed...
Replies: 7
Views: 3397

My newest flower bed...

Hello everyone... I finally finished up the raised cactus bed (check out my build thread in the cactus forum for that one) and decided to finally do something with my front yard. For some background information, I live in a house on a farm that was previously owned by my grandparents. I've been here...
by Jova
Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:54 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Azaleas?
Replies: 13
Views: 4060

Azaleas?

I picked up 2 small Azalea bushes on my recent vacation to virginia beach. Down there, EVERYONE has these, and they are absolutely stunning... huge bushes just covered in flowers. Tag says hardy to -5f. My plan is to put these in my last remaining space on the southside of my house. Anyone else grow...
by Jova
Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:50 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Southern Magnolia questions
Replies: 12
Views: 4767

Southern Magnolia questions

I just got back from a vacation in Virginia beach and brought back a nice 4 foot southern magnolia (unsure of the exact type) that I picked up at Home Depot for $25. On the tag, it says it's good to -10f. My issue is that I'm torn on where I should plant this. After seeing the huge southern magnolia...
by Jova
Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:36 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Sable Minor, Undoubtably, hardiest
Replies: 32
Views: 15087

Erik: Ditto with what Jim said on the needle palm. I planted my first one in the ground last spring here, covered it with a leaf pile for the winter, and in January it was shooting a spear leaf up through the pile, and when I uncovered it in march, it was completely unscathed. Out of all the palms I...