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Need Identification, Please

Posted by SnorkMaiden 10 (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 6, 12 at 19:06

Hi-

I recently moved to a house that has a raised bed. The previous occupant prepared the soil but never got around to planting. I've been pulling up everything that's managed to get past the ground cloth or take root on the surface so I can begin planting a vegetable garden, and I found this palm. Can anyone identify it?

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RE: Need Identification, Please

Looks like a Pygmy date palm to me.


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I agree, definitely Pygmy Date.


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Definitely a Pygmy palm!
-Alex


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RE: Need Identification, Please

Thanks, everyone!

Now that I know what it is, I kind of want to keep it. Are there any reasons I shouldn't plant edibles in the rest of the bed?


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Edibles should be okay planted in the bed (good question though since its always good to make sure). I wouldnt plant it too closely to the palm though since the spines near the growing bud of the palm are very painful (they release a mild toxin to the skin so it hurts more than just a regular pinch). I would plant some flowering plants or annuals under the palm and some edibles a little bit farther away.
-Alex


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Thanks, Alex! I'm new to palms, so this really helps.


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