Couple of pics from a couple of days ago

jimhardyJuly 14, 2012

I put a yardstick in some of the pics to add some scale.

Castors are around 8' now.

Little snow banana(Ensete Glaucum)and Caryota maxima.

Siam seems to love the hot weather-just not over 100

Cereus peruvianus has not grown from the top yet

but has grown a 4" new branch since 6/28 and the

other branch is growing...I repotted it today

and turned it so the branches can even out...

wish I would have got a pic of the roots!

Never seen the P.Lamerei get such a big head-

the leaf crown is about a yard across-

The smaller Washy is hanging on-it has root damage.

The other is blasting away!

Washy would probably look nicer without the 4'0'clocks around it but they come back there every year.....(happy)

Rajapuri pouring it on!

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wetsuiter(7b/8a)

When my castors get that tall, they usually fall to the ground when it rains. Fortunately, it never rains here in summer. :-l

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 9:18PM
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jimhardy

I know exactly what you mean )-:

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 10:38PM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

Wow, those castors are huge now! Cant believe how much amazing growth they have had this year. I kind of like Kopper King Hibiscus because I think they look kind of similar (the leaves are the same color, but no where near as big) and they have nice blooms and are hardy. Wish I had the room for some castor beans though. What variety are the ones in your pic?
-Alex

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 11:07PM
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chadec(N.C.7b)

Nice pics, really liking the casters. Guess I might have to try some next year. That large washy of your is a beauty. Id try one but since Im afraid of heights I don't know how i would protect it when it got tall.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 11:59PM
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jimhardy

Yea Chad-that WILL be an issue but thats why it is next
to the porch,so I can add on and secure it to the house(-:

The 2 varieties I like are the New Zealand purple and the
Ricin "Zanzibar" -the latter is the big leaved one (-;

Sometimes the leaves on the Purps do look like cooper but
it is difficult to capture on "film"

All the other Castors are normal sized,the 4 big boys jumped
out quick and with the help of a week of 80s in March they
broke out of the seedling stage fast-one of the nice things
about having all the protection laying around from the palms
is that I was able to use some of it on the Bananas and Castors.

At one point my Abyssinian grew like 1' in a few
days because it was hitting the 90s in the cover-

Also-the 4 biggest Castors were planted (by at least)April 6
and I think that is a month earlier than "normal".

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 8:55AM
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