Bottle Palm advice

cwcervantes(9A / New Orleans)September 23, 2013

Hello! I purchased a small Bottle Palm that I plan to grow in a container. Any recommendations for potting mix? I was thinking of using a well draining compost / bagged soil that I had on hand.

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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Hi
Here is an old pic of my last Bottle that I grew from seed.
I used a mix of "cactus/palm" along with about a third leca. have used all kinds of mixes over the years but since this pot is 3x 3 feet thought it needed some extra drainage Don't seem to be too particular as long as it drains well. gary

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 5:12AM
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cwcervantes(9A / New Orleans)

Thanks, Gary. I think I'll mix the soil with Growstones -- similar to LECA but lighter as it's expanded glass. Do these palms do well pot bound?

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 9:11AM
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cwcervantes(9A / New Orleans)

Thanks, Gary. I think I'll mix the soil with Growstones -- similar to LECA but lighter as it's expanded glass. Do these palms do well pot bound?

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 12:07PM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Hi
IMHO they are best in a pot.lol They are slow growing ,tend to get wide rather than tall, easily wind damaged and are cold sensitive. Also think they hold onto the "bottle" longer though there is wide variation between plants on this feature from the start. This one was the best of the seedlings and i decided to keep it because a neighbor gave me the pot and did the work lol
It is a bit over 30 years old and you still wouldn't be able to walk under it. if in the ground.. i have a very small lot and a hopeless" collector' so something had to go lol
Certainly makes a striking pot plant?? good luck with yours!! gary

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 4:39AM
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cwcervantes(9A / New Orleans)

Thanks, Gary. I think I'll mix the soil with Growstones -- similar to LECA but lighter as it's expanded glass. Do these palms do well pot bound?

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 12:09PM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

I'd say that bottle palms are probably better at being pot bound than a lot of other palms are. Mine is pretty pot bound right now and it pushed out 3 fronds just this season which is a very decent growth rate for Bottle palms. If you have good drainage in the pot, make sure to give them lots of water. They don't like drying out for too long.

Good luck!
-Alex

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 12:45PM
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stanofh

Majesty palms in California also get bottle like trunks...then later grow out of that.

This post was edited by stanofh on Wed, Oct 9, 13 at 17:02

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