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Growth of Summer

Posted by Jake on 26 August, 2009

Sometimes whe I look at some of my plants I can’t tell they have grown and other times I actually can see that they have grown. It really surprises me how fast some plants are with no eatra cre except for watering and not too much of that. These are the plants that are so rewarding becasue you can give them so little and they still pay you back.

On Easter I got an Alocasia calidora and it is a plant that I didn’t think had grown that much. Well…it has actually grown a whole lot since Easter. The leaves are a lot larger and the trunk is a lot wider.

Alocasia 'Calidora'

Alocasia 'Calidora'

Another plant that seems not to have grown very much is my Longleaf Pine. It hasn’t gotten any taller, but it has been producing quite a few new needle’s and they are longer then the needle’s it had in the spring. Apparently it should start growing at fairly fast rate in another year or two.
Longleaf Pine

Longleaf Pine


A plant that has grown fast and I can tell it by just looking at it is my Loquat. It has grown so fast and is still growing, all it does is grow constantly it never stops. I hope it produces fruit this year just because I want to have the wonderful smelling flowers.



Then finally I have decided to throw in a picture of some Washingtoia filifera seedlings. The reason I am including it is because they have grown so much since I planted the seeds July 6. They are very fast growers!
Washingtonia filifera Seedlings

Washingtonia filifera Seedlings

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Seedling Camp

Posted by Jake on 11 June, 2009

I have planted more seeds yesterday and I needed to find a spot to place them. I put them on the side that doesn’t get full day sun, but stays warm until night from the heat of the sunlight that was there.  It is like the heat just tsays trapped where the houses are so close together. I put them there because nothing is there and I already have the Windmill Palm seeds in that area. I have more stuff I will put over there in pots later on and I have plenty of room for it.

The seeds that I planted were Palmettos seeds from an unknown source(I can’t remember where I got them), Palmetto seeds from St. Augustine, Blue Fescue Grass, and Daylily ‘Yangtze'(from a seed pod I took from a Wal-Mart plant). We will see how these do.


8 days until I Go To Kentucky!

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Trachycarpus fourtunei(Windmill Palm) Seedlings

Posted by Jake on 19 April, 2009

In January I recieved a generous amount of seeds from a man in Tennessee. It was his Windmill Palms first time to set seed and he sent me some isn’t that so cool. I planted just 7 of them in January, not sure why such a wierd amount, lol. They were all just started on a wet cotton pad and misted, no other thing was used in thier germination. Since we live in Florida we don’t get as cold as everyone else and on coolest our house gropped to 67 degrees and would get back up to 73 during the day. I read that Windmill Palm seed germinates best when left unheated.

In late February to early March I noticed that all the seeds had sprouted roots, but no leaves. I did some more research on line and found no leaves would sprout unless the roots were in dirt. The 7 went into dirt and about two weeks later some sent up a leaf. Like with all Palm Tree seedlings the first leaves look like blades of grass. The first week of April the seeds were moved outside underneath the window they had germinated on. They are still recieving natural pasrt sun light and seem to be doing well. One of the four remaing seeds has recently sent up its first leaf, I am just waiting on the other three now.

I wnated to start these to prove to myself I could, I seem to be impatient when it comes to waiting for seeds to germinate and sprout. I also wanted to make plants available in a few years for friends and family in Kentucky who have asked if I would plant one for themor I have gotten them to agree to let me plant one, lol. Plus, I want to have some trees for my own use if I move back to KY or somewhere else cold and it is one of my favorite palms truly.

I plan to do a post on the Windmill Palm in the near future for those interested in the Cold Tolerant Palms series type thing I have been writing.


Thanks for Reading,


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New Stuff

Posted by Jake on 18 April, 2009

I yet again went out with no intention to buy anything and look guess what? I cam home with two new plants a Daylily which I am going to try and figure out what kind it is. It is a beauty though. I also got something I have been wanitng since last year…a Foxtail Palm, yay! This is probably my favorite Non-Cold-Tolerant Palm Tree. I got these great plants at a Target Garden Center. I love that the Targets down here have garden centers and really good ones at that. They are all stocked with unique plants that you can not find anywhere else and they are super cheap. I got the Daylily for $4.99 and the Foxtail Palm for $15.99.

I do have a question for those in Florida; why do you spell Daylily, Day Lily? I have never seen this until I moved here and even in books for Florida with Florida writers they seperate the Day and Lily part. Just curious, no judgement. I figure it is because Daylilies are not popular here or don’t seem to be and most other Lilies are spelt with the Lily part seperated.

On to the pictures:

Have A Great Weekend,


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