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by oppalm
Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:47 pm
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Winter protection - zone 6
Replies: 18
Views: 6450

peep hole update. I used the cardboard roll from wrapping paper and covered it with a clear plastic bag, cut a hole in the tarp and slipped in between the insulation and pointed it toward the house. I can stand in the kitchen and see if the light is on inside the hut. tested it and it works. our fir...
by oppalm
Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:34 am
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Winter protection - zone 6
Replies: 18
Views: 6450

somebody has a new weather sticker ....... and its me. This one is 3 blocks from our house. pretty cool.
by oppalm
Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:04 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Palm trees for the Okanagan!
Replies: 17
Views: 5250

proactive palm people. just think of what a great world this would be if we could palms trees growing coast to coast and north to south. well OK maybe thats a pipe dream.
by oppalm
Thu Nov 25, 2010 6:55 am
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Winter protection - zone 6
Replies: 18
Views: 6450

very observant of you Barb. can't slip anything past you. yes I have four 1 X 2's spaced across the top under the insulation to hold up the insulation. Just didn't take a picture of it. the insulation is cut a little on the side so I can pull the tarp up and peak at my palm trees anytime I want. My ...
by oppalm
Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:48 pm
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Winter protection - zone 6
Replies: 18
Views: 6450

Next up is the hut covered in a plastic tarp. Of course this is a work in progress. I am hopeful I can keep the inside of the hut above 10F when our temps drop to near 0F. I have a remote thermometer inside the hut so I can monitor the temps. We have not dropped below 0F the last 3 years and I am ho...
by oppalm
Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:42 pm
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Winter protection - zone 6
Replies: 18
Views: 6450

Winter protection - zone 6

I finished up one of my winter palm huts this weekend and thought I'd show you my plans. I am covering a Trachycarpus Fortunei (this will be its third winter in ground) and 2 small sabal minors (also in ground for 3 years). Previously all three of the palms were overwintered under 2' of leaves with ...
by oppalm
Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:32 am
Forum: Member Introduction
Topic: Greetings from Kansas!
Replies: 6
Views: 5244

welcome personalparadise (extending secret Kansas handshake). Garden City is along way from me, I live near Kansas City on the eastern border of the state. I grow several cold hardy palms outside (all with protection) and have an abundance of indoor palms also. Welcome back to Kansas , we like to se...
by oppalm
Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:10 pm
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Palm hut -- about time!
Replies: 43
Views: 13510

thats alot of snow. nice job on the palm hut. working on mine this weekend. I'll take pictures and post my progess.
by oppalm
Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: Indoor Palms
Topic: New 7-foot Fishtail
Replies: 43
Views: 17558

100 miles for a palm tree run seems perfectly normal to me, especially during winter. pack a lunch and enjoy the drive.
by oppalm
Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:03 pm
Forum: Indoor Palms
Topic: Palms Indoors for winter
Replies: 71
Views: 29295

double post. sorry
by oppalm
Tue Nov 16, 2010 6:48 pm
Forum: Indoor Palms
Topic: Palms Indoors for winter
Replies: 71
Views: 29295

Thanks for the comments. we are a little retentive (if you know what i mean) at our house. My wife has to have a place for everything. I bring them inside and she spends days looking them over arranging and rearranging etc. I only have about a dozen palms that stay in the main house the rest spend t...
by oppalm
Tue Nov 16, 2010 6:38 pm
Forum: Member Introduction
Topic: Greetings!
Replies: 8
Views: 5642

welcome Carl from Ohio. We love to see pics of palm trees. Don't be shy and post away.
by oppalm
Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:45 am
Forum: Indoor Palms
Topic: New 7-foot Fishtail
Replies: 43
Views: 17558

I like the Fishtail Palm. Sometimes HD will surprise ya'. Never seen a fishtail palm around here. Good luck and good growing.
by oppalm
Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:41 pm
Forum: Indoor Palms
Topic: Palms Indoors for winter
Replies: 71
Views: 29295

On the left, in front of the window is a picture of my Livistonia Chinensis (Chinese Fan Palm) 3 years old that I started from seed. In the middle is a Chamaedorea Cataractarum (Cat Palm) and on the right is a Phoenix Roebelinni (Pygmy Date Palm). I've had the Cat Palm for 2 years and the PDP since ...
by oppalm
Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:35 pm
Forum: Indoor Palms
Topic: Palms Indoors for winter
Replies: 71
Views: 29295

Next up is my Syagrus Romanzoffiana (Queen Palm). I bought this one in June 2006 and it was about 6' tall and skinny. It is now about 10' tall and big and heavy.

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by oppalm
Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:31 pm
Forum: Indoor Palms
Topic: Palms Indoors for winter
Replies: 71
Views: 29295

Palms Indoors for winter

Here are some updated pictures of a few palm trees that will be spending winter in the balmy confines of our home. The palms get bigger each year and take up more space. Here is my Wodyetia Bifurcata (Fox Tail Palm). I bought this bad boy in August 2006 and it was about 4 foot tall, it now stands ab...
by oppalm
Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:12 am
Forum: Indoor Palms
Topic: New Pygmy Date Palm
Replies: 13
Views: 8622

I'd like to add that the PDP is not fussy indoors for winter. In fact they survive with marginal light. They also are very easy to plant in springtime and dig up in fall. they never seem to miss a beat when dug up. Go figure. sounds like the perfect palm for northern palm growers.
by oppalm
Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:39 am
Forum: Germination
Topic: Foxtail seeds germinating!
Replies: 64
Views: 30063

I've germinated a few foxtails, moved them up in container size and never had a problem or set back with root disturbances. I am always careful though. Take your time, try to disturb as little as possible and you will be fine.
by oppalm
Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:52 am
Forum: Germination
Topic: Solanum quitoense ~ Bed of Nails ~ Quito Orange
Replies: 20
Views: 12329

indubidubly
by oppalm
Sat Jun 26, 2010 5:37 am
Forum: Germination
Topic: Solanum quitoense ~ Bed of Nails ~ Quito Orange
Replies: 20
Views: 12329

they look at bit dangerous to me. kind of like a snake, you need to keep your eye on them all the time when you are walking around them.
by oppalm
Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:27 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Jubaea -- give up?
Replies: 6
Views: 2879

compost heap. I had one for almost 3 years and I got 3 little strap leaves before I pitched it. This may be the slowest growing palm known to Kent.
by oppalm
Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:14 pm
Forum: Off Topic Area
Topic: Where I live
Replies: 11
Views: 4154

awesome pics Steve. It amazing that some of those old buildings still stand. Great topic to post pictures on. Thanks.
by oppalm
Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:11 pm
Forum: Wildlife From The Palm Gardens
Topic: First Robin of the year, early Spring?
Replies: 22
Views: 11015

Knnn wrote:Considering the Western Meadowlark is the state bird of Kansas, I should have known that............lol

I was going to say Steve .... all good Kansans know the Western Meadowlark when they see one. We used to see them on my grandparents farm.
by oppalm
Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:53 am
Forum: Germination
Topic: Foxtail seeds germinating!
Replies: 64
Views: 30063

they do grow very fast for a plam tree. I have one that I purchased as maybe a three footer (about the size of my pic) and three and half years later its over 7' tall. Very nice growth. I keep the younger ones in a protected area, they get summer sun from about 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The big one gets ...
by oppalm
Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:04 pm
Forum: Germination
Topic: Foxtail seeds germinating!
Replies: 64
Views: 30063

Finally have pics of my foxtail palm germinated in September 2006. I have 2 of these.

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and another of the same one.

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by oppalm
Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:49 am
Forum: Germination
Topic: Foxtail seeds germinating!
Replies: 64
Views: 30063

double gulps are awesome. whats that? 64 ounces of your favorite beverage. now if you could just get 2 chili cheese dogs and a super big gulp for (USD) $1.99 you'd have lunch taken care of. Your foxtails look great. I've said this before, but this weekend I'l post a pic of young foxtail I have growi...
by oppalm
Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:43 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: SOME ARE GONE,SOME ARE GOING AND SOME WILL LIVE
Replies: 17
Views: 5939

the wintertime cold weather carnage is brutal to look at. sorry for your losses. I got a feeling you'll come back better and wiser. keep up your good work.
by oppalm
Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:26 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Damage is done....
Replies: 25
Views: 10374

horrible just horrible. Poor washys. Don't give up on them hopefully they'll recover for you.
by oppalm
Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:18 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Damage to Trachys,etc, from prolonged cold
Replies: 80
Views: 26128

Jim you got it going' on , don't you. That looks like alot of work and you are to be commended for your efforts to bring the tropics to Iowa. Best of luck to you and your plants and I hope your remaining winter is a mild one. I am always surprrsed how cold hardy some of the stuff is, with a little l...
by oppalm
Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:36 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: If you could move somewhere warm would you?
Replies: 30
Views: 15029

I like the Florida Keys. only been there three times but it seems very laid back.
by oppalm
Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:33 pm
Forum: Germination
Topic: Please look at Foxtail seed cut in half
Replies: 9
Views: 3529

hell yes they lived. :lol: I still have two of them. gave the others away. I'll take pictures this weekend so you can see them in all their glory.
by oppalm
Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:29 pm
Forum: Member Introduction
Topic: Hello From Audubon, NJ
Replies: 26
Views: 15551

welcome Mike. your collection of plants is impressive. looks like we could all learn a little from you. Keep postng pictures. we love them.
by oppalm
Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:23 pm
Forum: Member Introduction
Topic: Hello from SW ont
Replies: 5
Views: 4515

welcome. you are in good company here. nice to meet you.
by oppalm
Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:21 pm
Forum: Member Introduction
Topic: A gardener from Belgium
Replies: 11
Views: 12263

nice looking plants , palms and property. welcome to the forum. post away.
by oppalm
Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:18 pm
Forum: Germination
Topic: Please look at Foxtail seed cut in half
Replies: 9
Views: 3529

I'll bet you are a few weeks away from germination. Don't give up and keep the faith. Several years ago I had 4 of 5 germinate within 2 months. You're close.
by oppalm
Mon Dec 21, 2009 8:16 pm
Forum: Photo Gallery
Topic: This guy should be on PN
Replies: 8
Views: 2865

there should be laws against being dumb and killing palm trees.
by oppalm
Mon Dec 21, 2009 7:41 pm
Forum: Soil
Topic: cheap or free plastic deep palm pots?
Replies: 7
Views: 5738

making friends with grocers is cool. (beavis and butthead). excellent idea. I need more palm pots.
by oppalm
Mon Dec 21, 2009 7:34 pm
Forum: Member Introduction
Topic: Hello from Edmond Oklahoma ( Northside of OKC).
Replies: 20
Views: 11438

welcome Jim. Your palms look great. They are big. keep up the good work and visit palmsnorth often.
by oppalm
Mon Dec 21, 2009 7:30 pm
Forum: Member Introduction
Topic: Hello from Virginia
Replies: 11
Views: 7289

welcome chris. keep reading and learning here. In zone 7A you will learn you have several options for growing cold hardy palms outdoor with protection. Pictures are good, very good. post away.
by oppalm
Fri Dec 18, 2009 7:38 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: T.nainital, Y.rostrata -20.6C -5F
Replies: 13
Views: 3943

good luck Barb. My guess is that you will have to wait until springtime to assess the damage, if any. Don't go around tugging on spears just yet. This is my third winter with stuff planted outside and I am feeling much better having been through two winters wondering how everything is doing (fortune...