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Cold Hardy Palms- Part I

Posted by Jake on 28 February, 2009

Okay, so many of you do know that I am originally from Kentucky, until I moved here May 30th, 2008. What you may not realize is that I am was growing palm tree’s and other tropicals even before I moved to Florida. 2008 was suppose to be the year that I was to install my first palm tree’s.

The year 2007 was when everything got started. I planted one Banana Tree, Musa Basjoo; Regular Elephant Ear’s; and a King Sago. They all flourished and I got the idea to search “Cold Hardy Palm Tree’s” and I entered a crazy world, lol. I actually wouldn’t mind if in a few year’s I move back to Kentucky and resume growing palm tree’s and other tropicals there. In northern location’s it is more “special” growing these plants amongst the staple’s of any landscape north of the Georgia-Tennessee state line.

During the winter of 2007-2008 those three type of plant’s saw 3 degrees, three times. That winter was also a very wet winter. It rained constantly, I started calling Lexington, “Little Seattle”. We would get 3″ of rain all at once and then it would drop into the 20’s to 10’s. Then in March of 2008 we received close to 8″ of snow. In late-March we warmed up and the Musa Basjoo started growing and was as big as it was at the end of the season in 2007 by the end of April. My Sago was still solid and it’s roots were still alive, but a new flush of fronds hadn’t started to grow as of May 28th, 2008 when I left it, in northern location’s they can take until June to flush. I also checked the Elephant Ear’s and they were solid and not mushy. They too don’t pop back out in Kentucky until the end of May or beginning of June.

Okay, so the following pictures are from the end of Summer 2007 and the last picture si from May 2008.


So, there you have it, some tropicalesque landscapeing, part II will be coming soon, I hope you enjoyed part I.

Have a great day,


16 days until St. Patrick’s Day!

19 days until Spring Begin’s!

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End on a High Note, I Guess?

Posted by Jake on 27 February, 2009

February proved to be a cool month for Florida. The beginning of the month damage to plants that I had been able to keep undamaged all winter. Now, the temperatures are rising and the more and more 70’s are in our forecast, 81 degrees tomorrow. March looks like it will come in like a Lion for sure as we are suppose to get severe weather Saturday night through Sunday morning. I doubt we will get the thunderstorms, it actually storms here less than it did in Kentucky. Tropical Storm Fay wasn’t really stormy except for an hour. I do like storms, but not Tornado’s, those I can do without.

The Azalea bush in my yard is really blooming. It seems early to me, I am use to them blooming, April and May. The one question is why just ONE Azalea was planted when the house was built, they look better together in a group.

The plants seem to be rebounding, my Chinese Yellow Banana Tree has finally started to grow a new leaf, yay. It is apparently more frost-tolerant then my Cavendish Banana. My Cavendish was covered and the new leaf still browned out, but the Yellow Banana’s leaf is still green and pushing out. My Amaryllis has started to push out new growth, though I’m not to sure it is a bloom or a new leaf. In Kentucky I left them outside over last winter and they bloomed after they started growing last spring. I hope this one will bloom, it was the one that didn’t bloom last year. My Spider Lily really surprised by starting it’s growth two days after the 23 degree morning.

Going onto the palm tree’s,  my Kentucky Palms, the Windmill, Texas Palmetto, and Needle Palm are fine, my Spindle Palm is browned out, but has a new frond coming out. The baby Spindle looks really bad and I don’t think I it will survive we will have to see.  My Coconut Palm is another that I’m not sure about, we shall see. I knew both the Coconut and Spindle’s are marginal in my area.

My Castor Bean has leaf buds over it and some new leaves are already out and it seems to have made a recovery. There is still no sign of the Mexican Petunia, it should come back, it is pretty hardy. My Plumbago’s are starting to come back, so that answered my question on them. There is still no sign of my Elephant Ear, but impatient me dug them up today and they are growing, just slowly.

I hope everyone has a good Saturday, I may have another February post and I may not. The last picture is of my lanai bed that contains my Windmill Palm, Castor Bean and Queen Palm. My Queen Palm didn;t turn yellow and is just has greena s it was even after 23 degrees. I have seen some Queen Palm’s in my enighborhood and around town that all the fronds are brown and the palms look to be dying. I am sure they will be okay, we will see this summer.


17 days until St. Patrick’s Day!

20 days until Spring Begins!

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General Question’s

Posted by Jake on 23 February, 2009

Okay, so, most of you know this is my first Florida spring and I have some questions.

1. My Plumbago’s were frosted and I was wondering if I need to cut those back or will new growth grow on the old stems?

2. My Penta was frosted as well, so do I need to cut it back?

3. Is Spindle Palm self-cleaning or can I go aherad and clip off it’s frozen fronds. New growth is already growing out, yay!

4. When should I see my Elephant Ear’s start growing out, my Canna’s are already growing again? In Kentucky the Elephant Ear’s were usually the last plants to pop out in mid-May to early-June.

Oter than that nothing much is going on here. 70’s by Wednesday, 78 degrees Saturday, too hot, but the plants will love it! I hope everyone’s plants and everyone are doing well and will be growing soon(well, this one s for the plants, lol.).

Have a great day,


21 days until St. Patrick’s Day!

24 days until Spring Begins!

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A New Look

Posted by Jake on 20 February, 2009

Here is the new look, I really like it a lot and I hope you all will too. I think I will probably keep this one for awhile until I learn how to make mmy own layout, if I can learn. Cooler weather has arrived 56 degrees was our predicted high for today…right now it is 55 degrees. Tonight our low is forecasted to be a crisp 30 degrees, we will probably remain warmer than that though, probably still at 32. Then we warm up for the weekend with a cooler dip Monday and then another nice warm up into the 70’s by next weekend.

Have a great day,


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