Northeast Florida Paradise

Late-Autumn

Little and Big

Posted by Jake on 26 July, 2009


I still find it funny that some plants have the ability to obtain such growth in such a little amount of time, yet some plants sulk and never seem to get around to growing. I have two different plants that are like this and that are two different species.  The two plants are a slow growing Trachycarpus fortunei and fast and very large Colocasia esculenta.

My Trachycarpus fortunei or Windmill Palm hasn’t really seemed to have grown much since I planted it June 2008. It has really put out a lot of fronds this year, which is more then I can say about it last year. It just doesn’t seem to be growing in height or very fast. They are suppose to be able to grow up to a foot a year, yet mine has remained the same since I recieved through mailorder October 2007. Eithier way I still like it and hope that it will one day kick into gear and reward me with speedy growth. I think it could be the constant heat and humidity of summer as this is a Himalayan Palm Tree and not a tropical one. It is very cold hardy and grows better in temperate locations then it does in hot and tropical locales.

Trachycarpus fortunei-Windmill Palm

Trachycarpus fortunei-Windmill Palm

Trachycarpus fortunei-Windmill Palm

Trachycarpus fortunei-Windmill Palm

Trachycarpus fortunei-Windmill Palm

Trachycarpus fortunei-Windmill Palm

Trachycarpus fortunei-Windmill Palm

Trachycarpus fortunei-Windmill Palm

 

The Colocasia esculenta or Regular Elephant Ear I am talking about is huge. It is bigger then the other two Regular Elephant Ear’s, so it has me wondering if it is even really the same type. The leaves are huge as you will be able to see in the pictures.

Overview of the Elephant Ear

Overview of the Elephant Ear

Another Overview

Another Overview

Leaf Compared to Meter

Leaf Compared to Meter

Trunk Compared to Pipe

Trunk Compared to Pipe

Thanks,
Jake
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