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bottle palm

Posted by garyfla 10 Florida (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 19, 12 at 3:59

My neighbors bottle palm is going to flower . Only took 14 years lol Is still under 15 feet and suffered terribly during the winters of 08/09 guess the unusually warm winter of 11 was the trick ?? It;s not a particularly attractive specimen but may give me some seeds to fiddle with lol??? gary

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RE: bottle palm

wow 14 years, they are slow growers. i have two potted that I started from seed about 4 years old and they don't even have a foot of trunk. One of mine is starting to "look" like a bottle palm, with a swollen base.

RE: bottle palm

I got mine as a seedling a few years back, I gave up after 4 years because even though it grew, it never actually looked like it grew. They are very slow, you can try some seeds, but if you want a nice plant in this decade, your definitely going to have to buy one!
Good luck!

RE: bottle palm

HD sells jumbo ones as landscaping trees in Houston. I tried all my tricks to get large bottle and spindles through the winters outdoors to no avail. Now moving medium sized ones indoors, in windows for winter.

RE: bottle palm

I think the slow growth is a terrific advantage .So many palms quickly outgrow the area . It is interesting to note the various ones in my neighbor hood particularly the development of the "bulb. Runaway best is one in a ceramic pot easily wider than tall and I know it's been there for at least 20 years MUCH more interesting than those in the ground and talk about easy care lol
On a side note a Bismark palm planted in 1980 is seeding for the first time . Now that's slow?? lol gary

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