Lots of palms to play with!
I just ordered a big batch of palm seedlings from Hawaii. Quite a few of these will be risky (or downright folly) here Ft. Myers/Cape Coral area, but I'm just so tickled to try! (I've been greatly encouraged to hear recently that someone was having success with a verschaffeltia splendida on nearby Pine Island.)
Today I potted up tiny sabal mauritiiformis, a couple calamus aruensis, and 2 freshly sprouted mauritia flexuosa (I know, I know...."terribly tropical, super-thirsty, etc"!). The dypsis pembana I have high hopes for under a cassia bakeriana. Rarer -- for here at least -- fun stuff includes dypsis "pink crownshaft", dypsis pilulifera "orange crush", licuala distans, caryota no, and wettinia hirsuta.
Wettinia, mauritia and calamus are just crazy, I know, but I've always found them to be heartbreakingly lovely....
Other arrivals include dypsis baronii, cyphophoenix nucele, areca vestiaria red, licuala ramsayi, clinostigma savoryanum, and archontophoenix purpurea. Where I had the money I ordered a couple extras of some babies to sell once I get them established.
I've been working on expanding my tree cover for nearly 4 years now, which seems to greatly help keep young palms nearby from dessicating during windy winter days and nights. Especially with the caryota no, it's hard not to rush out and stick those in the ground, but I know they're not ready for full-on Florida sunshine yet.
The rain tonight has been a delightful surprise, especially since we're supposed to be in the driest month of our annual dry season -- and it definitely was a terribly dry winter here! One of my biggest challenges is deciding how far to modify my sandy soil with peat without tipping the balance too far when rainy season starts.
Anyone with any tips for soil preferences for mauritia and for wettinia? I potted up the mauritias in peat with some perlite and lava rock, watered with a bit of added liquid copper fungicide, and sat each pot in a large saucer with a good quarter-inch of water in each one.
Thanks in advance! - I'll try to keep everyone posted on progress as the babies grow....