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by oppalm
Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:04 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Snowed today.
Replies: 8
Views: 2070

bummer. too early. snow= 4 letter word. palms look odd with snow on them.
by oppalm
Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:59 am
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Outside protection Zone 6 - 2011
Replies: 88
Views: 42730

whats the blue exterior material made of? FWIW my wife would not be impressed with those blue igloos, but I am. It shows creativity and a "get er done" attitude. I like. I don't think leaf enclosures will cut it for washy's with your or my low temps. Keep in mind, inside my leaf pile, the remote the...
by oppalm
Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:02 am
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Outside protection Zone 6 - 2011
Replies: 88
Views: 42730

south side of house. However, because of sun angle and the dam neighbors house the sun does not reach this palm. lowest temp is probably around 0F (-17C) over the past 5-6 years. I will add that I did an experiment 2-3 years ago where I put a remote thermometer in the bottom of a leaf pile that was ...
by oppalm
Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:59 am
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Outside protection Zone 6 - 2011
Replies: 88
Views: 42730

I, too was surprised when the Livistonia chinensis grew back this year. who woulda thunk it? put Trachy #1 to sleep for the winter last weekend. This is the first trachy I planted in ground in 2006. It was a 1 year old seedling at the time I planted it. It has never received supplemental heat during...
by oppalm
Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:50 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Trachy Hut is up
Replies: 24
Views: 6953

thats a great looking palm hut Barb. it would appear you have several year left of use. It will be a shame to have to destroy the hut to make it bigger. Maybe the plan should be to start growing another Trachy or two so you can recycle the hut?
by oppalm
Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:40 pm
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Outside protection Zone 6 - 2011
Replies: 88
Views: 42730

18" of leaves is correct. I edited my post for clarity. Thanks Barb.
by oppalm
Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:05 am
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Outside protection Zone 6 - 2011
Replies: 88
Views: 42730

Outside protection Zone 6 - 2011

I am getting ready to protect my outdoor inground palms before wintertime 2011. Thought first I would show you some little trachycarpus fortuneis I planted on the north side of my house in 2009 (probably during summer months but not absolutely certain when they went in ground). I had a bunch of seed...
by oppalm
Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:30 am
Forum: Indoor Palms
Topic: Trying my luck with a coconut palm
Replies: 32
Views: 11395

love the coconut. its really very simple to keep a cocnut happy indoors. lots of light, lots of heat and lots of humidity. what could be easier? best of luck. they are fun to grow.
by oppalm
Thu Oct 27, 2011 6:10 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Hasty frost protection for 2 Washies 3 Y. rostrata
Replies: 78
Views: 16056

nicely done Barb. gotta move fast this time of year with outdoor protection when you need it. I'll probably start building my outdoor frames this weekend. No washys outside for me. I am simple folk. just 5 or 6 trachy's and 4 sabal minors in ground in Kansas. I'll get pics and start my own thread wh...
by oppalm
Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:08 am
Forum: Member Introduction
Topic: Hello (also) from Maryland
Replies: 6
Views: 4463

welcome to Palms North. There is much to learn and no better place to learn than here. As I have often said, "I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal labotomy". We like pictures of palm trees and tropical plants, so hop to it.
by oppalm
Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:33 am
Forum: Indoor Palms
Topic: Palms Indoors for winter
Replies: 71
Views: 29298

mine stays outside as soon as it's warm enough in spring time and comes inside when it gets cold in the fall. This year it was outside in late March and came inside last weekend, about 7 months outside. It spends the winter in an east facing room that has a large picture window and is very bright. I...
by oppalm
Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:31 am
Forum: Off Topic Area
Topic: Bad back and others hazards
Replies: 24
Views: 6833

best of luck as you recover. have had a number of friends who have done the back surgery thing and am happy to report all are completely recovered and happy they did surgery.
by oppalm
Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:16 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Greenhouses?
Replies: 34
Views: 8907

looks great. but .... 5 hours and only 8 beers. thats's part of your problem, had you doubled the beer consumption the time to assemble the GH together would have been cut in half, which would have given you more time to put stuff in your greenhouse.
by oppalm
Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:30 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Trachy Experiment Update
Replies: 14
Views: 5102

wxman nicely done. great information. Although, I have had perfectly good luck with smaller trachys completely covering them with leaf mulch cages and tarps - no sunshine from November thru March -= and they look perfectly good when uncovered in March. Interesting discussion.
by oppalm
Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:55 pm
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Fabric Softener Sheets Repel Fungus Gnats
Replies: 11
Views: 4929

whats a fungus gnat? :wav:

good stuff. I am going to buy all the bounce in town tomorrow.
by oppalm
Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:05 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Potted Washingtonia
Replies: 8
Views: 2924

I have split up washingtonias before with no problem. Mine were about half that size. I'd wait until your weather warms up and do it in early summer if possible. Gently tease the roots apart as best you can, plant in good well drained potting mixture and place in a shaded spot for several weeks unti...
by oppalm
Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:25 pm
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Bananas and Queen palm in Winter greenhouse protection
Replies: 36
Views: 14695

great pics Don. I'd like to hang out a your place for just one day and see all the plants. you have a great collection of plants. Can't imagine how much work you do to get ready for winter. Keep up your efforts.
by oppalm
Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:17 pm
Forum: Indoor Palms
Topic: How some things from outside, are doing inside....
Replies: 15
Views: 5283

I was 30 ....... some 20 years ago. killing plants just comes with the territory.

canadianplant good luck on overwintering your plants.
by oppalm
Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:10 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Spear-pull,some odds and...not the ends(-:
Replies: 29
Views: 7656

great pics Jim. Your stuff looks really good. hopefully january will be a mild one and we can get a little growth going into spring.
by oppalm
Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:04 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: WHat are your big plans for spring 11??
Replies: 67
Views: 16704

I am in Kansas (USA) , zone 6 and I am planting a number of cold hardy palms in ground this springtime 2011. I have 3 sabal minors 3 years from seed, 4 trachycarpus fortuneis 3 years from seed and 2 sabal birminghams 3 years from seed that are going in the ground. I will protect all of them with chi...
by oppalm
Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:56 pm
Forum: Member Introduction
Topic: Palms Doing Just fine Here in Raytown, MO (KC area)
Replies: 4
Views: 4232

Tim,

I'm in Kansas. Been growing palms in ground in Kansas for 3 years. It can be done. I sent you a PM.
by oppalm
Sun Dec 19, 2010 6:26 pm
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Oh the Humanity!
Replies: 14
Views: 5848

people are crazy. There is no way thats going to survive outside. :wav:
by oppalm
Fri Dec 17, 2010 6:40 am
Forum: Indoor Palms
Topic: Palms Indoors for winter
Replies: 71
Views: 29298

just found and clicked on the "view more emoticons". Its like christmas morning the week before christmas morning. :lickice: :wav: :violent1: :sleepy2: :sign3: :pottytrain3: :occasion5: :headbang:
know what I mean.
by oppalm
Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:42 am
Forum: Indoor Palms
Topic: Palms Indoors for winter
Replies: 71
Views: 29298

No I don't remember who it was but I do remember the pics. He had some great looking big palm trees inside his house.
by oppalm
Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:47 am
Forum: Indoor Palms
Topic: Palms Indoors for winter
Replies: 71
Views: 29298

now where'd I put that glass of egg nog? 8)
by oppalm
Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:45 am
Forum: Indoor Palms
Topic: Palms Indoors for winter
Replies: 71
Views: 29298

two queen palms and leans them against the sofa. .. yes, I remember those pictures. Don't think it was Kent (his wife would N E V E R let him do that, right Kent?) :lol: :lol: No way it was me. My wife might push my queen palm tree over on it side but never in a good way. and if she did push it ove...
by oppalm
Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:52 pm
Forum: Indoor Palms
Topic: Palms Indoors for winter
Replies: 71
Views: 29298

....... or chug or drink thru a straw. I say whatever it takes.
by oppalm
Wed Dec 15, 2010 12:56 pm
Forum: Indoor Palms
Topic: Palms Indoors for winter
Replies: 71
Views: 29298

vintage audio has nothing to do with palm trees ...... unless ....... you listen to the audio, sip a single malt scotch and look at your palm trees. tell me that's what you do. please. :|
by oppalm
Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:40 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Got it covered.
Replies: 40
Views: 12220

Jim I am not sure you take this hobby seriously enough. I mean you could put a dome over your entire yard and not have to do each plant individually. Your set up and dedication to this hobby is unbelievable. Nice work and I hope your winter is a mild one.
by oppalm
Thu Dec 09, 2010 5:32 pm
Forum: Indoor Palms
Topic: Cool vs Warm Winter Test on Brahea armata twins
Replies: 47
Views: 25098

my guess is that the palm kept warmer will have a much bigger and healthier root system and in the long term (beyond two years) will be a much bigger palm. I base this on my experience with sabal minors that I kept inside in a well lit basement bedroom versus 2 that were kept in an unheated garage w...
by oppalm
Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:36 pm
Forum: Germination
Topic: Seeds arrived!
Replies: 16
Views: 6994

Damn Barb, what you gonna do this winter? watch palm seeds germinate.
by oppalm
Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:29 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: T.nanus x T.wagneranius
Replies: 17
Views: 4764

interesting. Only time will tell if its the right mix. I like the idea of passionate palm people (PPP) pushing the limits of cold hardy palms and trying to one up the next guy looking for the ultimate in cold hardiness.
by oppalm
Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:51 pm
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Plants in the cold building
Replies: 9
Views: 3731

looking good Barb. How do you heat this building. Looks like you have great light and windows in there.

That sabal with the scale looks gnarly. I think its best to throw it out. Don't need that sabal spreading the scale.
by oppalm
Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:22 am
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Winter protection - zone 6
Replies: 18
Views: 6452

Barb, you have the magic touch. I'll be working some magic with mine this weekend as our temps are supposed to be back near 50F (10C).
by oppalm
Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:18 am
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Palm Hut interior getting too warm
Replies: 29
Views: 11415

Barb, I am thinking about pulling my thermocube also and just plugging my spot light in when temps are below 15F (-9C) and leave it on as long as temps stay below 15F.
by oppalm
Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:28 am
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Palm Hut interior getting too warm
Replies: 29
Views: 11415

Barb, that why I think I am going to buy a thermo cube that comes on at 10F (-12C) and off at 20F (-6C) for my palm hut. a trachy and sabal minors above 35F (2C) is not conducive to their long term survival in my zone I need to harden these palms off.
by oppalm
Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:19 am
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Winter protection - zone 6
Replies: 18
Views: 6452

my wireless thermometer is "Acurite". If I take my receving unit outside and get within about 5' of the hut it will read, but then as I get back inside I get the "--" I also get readings on mine late in the afternoon (inside) for about 2 hours and then "--" for about 22 hours a day. radio frequencie...
by oppalm
Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:08 pm
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Palm hut -- about time!
Replies: 43
Views: 13513

Erik, I like the look of your hut, nice work. Hope everything works out for you this winter.
by oppalm
Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:59 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: As promised here are the pictures
Replies: 22
Views: 5145

WOW. nicely done. Very impressive set up. My wife thinks I'm nuts protecting palm trees in Kansas, I showed her your set up and she says we're all nuts.

Like Barb asked. what do your neighbors say and think?
by oppalm
Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:51 pm
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Palm Hut interior getting too warm
Replies: 29
Views: 11415

I agree with the others. I think your temps will be fine. You may need to water once or twice a month as needed. But I think as long as you are not getting direct sun hitting the tree , you will be fine.