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KirkCO
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Newbie here from Colorado!

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I'm essentially a newbie. The last time I posted was when this forum just started a few years back! I'm planning to become an active member again considering I'm experimenting with hardy palms once again.

I'm in Aurora, Colorado, what is basically a suburb of the Denver area.

This spring, I decided to try planting a 15-gallon trachy, a couple of 5 gallon washies, and a 5 gallon mediterranean fan palm. I'm going to build a tee-pee type of structure around the palms, mulch them well and put a light bulb during the very cold periods during the winter. I decided to just plant the pots and all, to minimize any type of transplant shock.

Interestingly enough, I saw a bunch of trachies and these mediterranean fan palms at a local Wal-Mart. I have never seen these type of plants sold at one of these stores up here. They were mislabeled though! The trachies were labeled "needle palms," which I know were incorrect. They did have a green sticker labeled "hearty palms" on the pots. I'm curious if they are recommending these to be planted here in Denver? Of course, without protection, they wouldn't have a chance.

Anyway, I'm enjoying reading many of these posts!
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Post by ScottyON »

Hey.. Welcome back! A lot of people posting in the north east have noticed hardy blue potted palms showing up at Walmart. Needles, Trachy's and Med fan palms. I believe the needles have been labeled zone 6. I think the med and trachy have been labeled zone 7. Looks like hardy palms are catching on?? Hope they show up in Canada Walmarts soon!

Good luck with you 15 gal trachy! Just planted a 15gal myself last week! Post some pics..

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Post by Cowtown Palm Society »

Welcome Kirk,

If I was in Denver, I'd look at some of the hardy trunking yuccas, rostrata and elata, for example (which should be hardy without protection)-and even Joshua Tree (y. brevifolia). These plants look very palm like in structure and appearance, but are less fragile. The Denver Botanical Gardens has yucca rostratas. Check out this link (second photo down). Good luck!


http://www.botanicgardens.org/content/w ... ming-march

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Welcome back Kirk!
KirkCO
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Yuccas coming soon

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I'm planning a short trip to St. George, Utah in June to purchase some nice yuccas. I have a small joshua tree allready that does extremely well here. It's even sprouting a couple of additional "arms" (for lack of a better word). I haven't even protected the joshua tree. I'll take some pictures soon, and post them.
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Re: Yuccas coming soon

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KirkCO wrote:I'm planning a short trip to St. George, Utah in June to purchase some nice yuccas. I have a small joshua tree allready that does extremely well here. It's even sprouting a couple of additional "arms" (for lack of a better word). I haven't even protected the joshua tree. I'll take some pictures soon, and post them.
Very cool! I wish!
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