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by oppalm
Fri Sep 11, 2009 7:55 am
Forum: Member Introduction
Topic: Hi from Ontario
Replies: 9
Views: 5769

welcome Scott, you'll fit right in here.
by oppalm
Tue Sep 08, 2009 6:55 am
Forum: Photo Gallery
Topic: My Palms Sept. 2009
Replies: 16
Views: 5381

John, what kind of overhead lighting, if any, do you use in your garage?
by oppalm
Sat Sep 05, 2009 6:15 am
Forum: Photo Gallery
Topic: My Palms Sept. 2009
Replies: 16
Views: 5381

WOW. I did the slide show presentation. thats an impressive display of palm hoarding. No wonder the cost of palm trees is so high, you control the entire market. very very nice job and lots of work to be sure. Thanks for the pics.
by oppalm
Thu Sep 03, 2009 6:19 am
Forum: Photo Gallery
Topic: Young sabal "mexicana" heat casualty?
Replies: 16
Views: 4912

I've had a few live but most of them shrivel up and die. Yours has a spear emerging so you'll probably be ok. Don't give up on them though. If all the leaves dry out , cut them off, and maintain the plant as usual, water, keep in sunlight etc. I have had more than one regrow , albeit very slowly.
by oppalm
Wed Sep 02, 2009 2:19 pm
Forum: Photo Gallery
Topic: Young sabal "mexicana" heat casualty?
Replies: 16
Views: 4912

I've had a couple of sabal minors that have done the same thing with the outer fronds/leaves. I think when they are young they are prone to drying out. Yours looks OK. You could always dry the leaves out and smoke 'em ..... if you know what I mean?
by oppalm
Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:45 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Midsummer pictures from Mass.
Replies: 6
Views: 2578

one word... IMPRESSIVE. now many words , you have done a terrific job of planting, growing and working the tropical landscape bug. Best of luck with everything.
by oppalm
Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:04 am
Forum: Cycads
Topic: New Growth
Replies: 131
Views: 81095

Wes, your zamia and yucca collection looks great. Your plants are really getting big. I have a few zamia's, but they kind of take a back seat to my palm and tropical plants. But after seeing yours and Steve's pictures, I'll have to rethink placing some in the garden beds between other plants. Thanks...
by oppalm
Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:53 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Advice on plant selection...
Replies: 24
Views: 7099

Palms and evergreens can co-exist. a nice balance can be achieved by planting palms everywhere you have a spot :lol:
by oppalm
Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:39 am
Forum: Indoor Palms
Topic: Indoor Palms
Replies: 28
Views: 18668

Steve, I am always impressed with the number of different palms you germinate and manage to grow. Just when I think I have seen it all you throw a astrocaryum alatum at me. Nice job.
by oppalm
Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:35 am
Forum: Cycads
Topic: My first Zamia to cone!
Replies: 35
Views: 25334

The Zamia may be very pleased about your $3 purchase price and has decided to cone to show its appreciation for your thrifty shopping efforts. Either that or you have provided perfect growing conditions.
by oppalm
Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:08 pm
Forum: Cycads
Topic: My first Zamia to cone!
Replies: 35
Views: 25334

nice. I like the hanging baskets. the wife wants something similar and they were $80 at the garden center.
by oppalm
Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:31 am
Forum: Photo Gallery
Topic: How is the summer treating you?
Replies: 8
Views: 3334

The last one I bought in 2007 was from Harbor Freight. Bought it online for like $50. It pushes about 1300 gallons per hour. You can see them online. I recommend if you want to buy one to call the 1-800 number and then you can buy a 2 year warranty for like $4. Can't get the warranty if you order on...
by oppalm
Wed Jul 29, 2009 2:25 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Boots on Sabal Palmetto
Replies: 5
Views: 1858

hardyjim wrote:Good point oppalm,palm covered and dry, boots on-palm not covered wet and cold,hmmm..........
proof positive that if I throw enough advice out there, I am going to have a good idea every now and then. what a day for me.
by oppalm
Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:35 am
Forum: Photo Gallery
Topic: How is the summer treating you?
Replies: 8
Views: 3334

a couple of more pics. this one is a phoenix roebelinii (pygmy date palm) that is getting very big. 3 palms in one pot. http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l20/kentp_2006/2009July27038.jpg This pic is of my washington robusta (mexican fan palm) on the back side of my pond. It probably needs to be repo...
by oppalm
Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:19 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Boots on Sabal Palmetto
Replies: 5
Views: 1858

I'd leave the boots on also, but then again, I cover all my outdoor stuff in winter. With the boots on, they will capture and store cold rain, ice and snow against the crown shaft. Depends on how nasty your winters can be.
by oppalm
Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:41 am
Forum: Indoor Palms
Topic: Indoor Palms
Replies: 28
Views: 18668

nice photo journalism Steve. Looks like your palms are getting big. keep up the good work.
by oppalm
Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:48 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: OK you 5B'ers I have proof we can grow Palms
Replies: 8
Views: 3814

Nicely done. I am growing a couple of sabal minors in ground in my zone 6 garden so I share your enthusiasm. Mine are doing great also, but I cover mine with leaves (in winter) and plastic to keep the rain/snow/ice out. Keep up the good work, maybe you can create a super cold hardy variety of s minor.
by oppalm
Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:59 am
Forum: Photo Gallery
Topic: How is the summer treating you?
Replies: 8
Views: 3334

Thanks for the nice comments. Wes - if you make it to KC , let me know. Steve - I use any container I can get my hands on also. I just so happened to buy some nice pots many years ago at a garage sale. In fact I keep an eye on garage sales for planting containers (obsessive). I dig alot of plants up...
by oppalm
Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:43 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Washingtonia Robustas are in the ground in Belmont NC!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 1823

nice work, looks like you have some nice sized plants to care for. BTW - nice tractor, makes diggin' holes for big wahy's much easier. Those washy's are of good size. will you need to protect those in your zone? or just let them go and see what survives.
by oppalm
Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:25 pm
Forum: Off Topic Area
Topic: Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure
Replies: 21
Views: 6941

lions and tigers and rhinos .... oh my. looks like a very nice zoo and park. now that our kids are older, we have not been to a zoo for probably 10 years. Just put the zoo on our summer "to do" list. THANKS for sharing.
by oppalm
Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:10 am
Forum: Photo Gallery
Topic: How is the summer treating you?
Replies: 8
Views: 3334

How is the summer treating you?

Just a couple of palm related pictures of my backyard oasis. Most everything seems to be growing very well so far this summer. We've had plenty of rain and lots of heat, which is great for palms and bananas and tropicals (but you knew that). The first pic shows a coconut on the left and a wodyetia b...
by oppalm
Fri Jul 10, 2009 7:10 am
Forum: Photo Gallery
Topic: Pub palms and bananas
Replies: 2
Views: 2046

great pics. looks a little slice of heaven. Taking care of the palms and bananas is like having friends with benefits (the beer thing).
by oppalm
Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:30 am
Forum: Cycads
Topic: Seedling problem?
Replies: 12
Views: 6144

I'll take some photos this week and post a few pics. The foxtail is getting big.
by oppalm
Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:18 am
Forum: Cycads
Topic: Seedling problem?
Replies: 12
Views: 6144

wow 300 sabal minors planted outside. Thats alot of work. I have a few planted outside, I thought they would grow faster, they are very slow. good luck with yours.
by oppalm
Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:00 pm
Forum: Cycads
Topic: Seedling problem?
Replies: 12
Views: 6144

everything appears to be doing well so far this year. Finally starting to get some decent size of some of my palms. Not sure if thats good because they get more difficult to store inside each year they get larger.

How about you, how is the palm ranch in central Kansas?
by oppalm
Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:40 am
Forum: Cycads
Topic: Seedling problem?
Replies: 12
Views: 6144

hey Steve, not sure whats going on there, but that picture is creepy looking. Looks like there is a finger sticking out of the dirt and you can see just the finger nail. Are you using chopped up fingers as fertilizer?
by oppalm
Thu Apr 16, 2009 11:35 am
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: winter protection, zone 6
Replies: 64
Views: 27588

well John, as they say in the business, "live and learn". I am really trying to grow my stuff with no heat provided and mulching (lots of it) has worked for me the last 2 years. mulching is easy.
by oppalm
Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:53 pm
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: winter protection, zone 6
Replies: 64
Views: 27588

thanks for the atta boy. i had two other Fortuneis that were covered with a 12' circle of leaf mulch, with a teepee over the top that was open on the sides. They look OK but not nearly as good as these. I'll dig up the pics of these and post.
by oppalm
Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:57 pm
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: winter protection, zone 6
Replies: 64
Views: 27588

drum roll please .....

On April 12, 2009 , I uncovered my little palms trees as described in post #1 on this thread. My camera is not great and does not do the little palm warriors justice , but they came through winter in excellent shape. we had a handful of nights near zero (0F), but of course the little palms were cove...
by oppalm
Sat Mar 28, 2009 1:15 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: 32 year old Trachy finally in the ground
Replies: 44
Views: 17450

congratulations. you did a good thing. She'll be very happy. Good luck, remember all you have learned on this forum over the past few years and you both will do fine. Of course, ask question next fall as you get ready for winter.
by oppalm
Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:07 pm
Forum: Member Introduction
Topic: Hello from Lumberton, NJ
Replies: 6
Views: 5114

welcome. thats quite a list of tropicals. best of luck.
by oppalm
Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:16 am
Forum: Cycads
Topic: Started my Cycads Summer
Replies: 4
Views: 2976

Kick start early Wes. Good luck. Our weather looks good for at least 10 days out. I have had 100's of palms and cycads (cold hardy stuff) under my covered patio for weeks. Gettin' an early start.
I'll either cover it or bring it in if it gets too cold.
by oppalm
Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:30 am
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: Orchid Bloom
Replies: 4
Views: 2594

whatever works. low budget or not.
by oppalm
Sat Mar 14, 2009 6:55 am
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: Orchid Bloom
Replies: 4
Views: 2594

ahhhh spring. I have tried orchids but just can't keep them alive over winter. I give up on them too easily.
by oppalm
Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:43 am
Forum: Cycads
Topic: Truth (and Myth) about Cycad Aulacaspis Scale
Replies: 9
Views: 5776

I wonder if we (zone pushers) would have any problems with scale because our plants are not going to be exposed to others with problems and our winters are going to kill spores, etc. I realize the plant could be sold with scale and we would then bring it into our homes and the scale could damage oth...
by oppalm
Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:46 pm
Forum: Germination
Topic: Sabal minor twins
Replies: 11
Views: 4582

very cool Steve. Your camera (and you) take great pictures. I started a whole bunch of sabal minors in a community pot so not sure if I have any twins. Is this a common occurrence or a mutation of some kind?
by oppalm
Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:43 pm
Forum: Cycads
Topic: Truth (and Myth) about Cycad Aulacaspis Scale
Replies: 9
Views: 5776

WOW, Jody your first link provides a ton of great information. Obviously some very dedicated research. Thanks.
by oppalm
Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:40 pm
Forum: Cycads
Topic: Zamia sp. "Brown Emergent"
Replies: 21
Views: 10164

great pic Steve. You can see every little hair on that seedling. Are you germinating the seeds and then sitting them on top the soil to root?
by oppalm
Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:35 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Leaf cages worked!
Replies: 6
Views: 2713

nicely done hardyjim. They do look very good. Do you plan on covering anymore this spring or are they on their own?
by oppalm
Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:31 pm
Forum: Member Introduction
Topic: Hello
Replies: 3
Views: 3430

welcome Wyatt. Nice to have you aboard. What are you growing in IL? tell us about the greenhouse you are building and what you will be keeping in there.