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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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Musa sumatrana ‘Rojo’

Posted by Jake on 2 March, 2009

I normally don’t post two post in one day, but I had to tell you about my newest addition. Saturday while out in Jacksonville I ran to almost every Lowe’s and looked around in the garden center. I was thinking I might just pick up a Majesty Palm, but something else caught my eye. It was the Rojo Banana, it was a Banana Tree I was wanting, but thought for sure I would have to order it online and get a smaller plant. I knew has soon as I saw it what Banana it was and was excited to see one. They were selling them for $9.98, what a deal. I actually have an employee discount there so I got it for $8.98, even a better deal. Only one Lowe’s I visited had these, lucky me I went to that one. 

Every since I brought it home I have had to protect it from the wind so the leaves don’t shred. It aso isn’t being planted until after the threat of frost or freezes has past maybe in a month. I don’t wan this little baby to be set back so early.

Here are some pictures of it, it is just striking I think:

I also picked up at Wal-Mart some seeds I had been wanting. They were a dollar pack which seems to be more then I paid last year, but it is just a dollar each, so I;m not complaining.

The seeds I bought were:

Sunflower ‘Skyscraper’    Sunflower ‘Red Sun’

Sunflower ‘Mammoth’      Moonflower(Evening Glory) ‘Ipomoea’

I will start some of these in a few weeks. I like to stagger my Sunflower’s so I have some in July and August and then some in September and October. I did this on Kentucky, but I hope it works here too.

Lastnight we were forecast to hit 31 degrees, but that didn’t happen. We actually only hit 42 degrees at my house, so that was good. We are forecasted to hit 29 degrees tonight, but hopefully that won’t happen. For the sake of my plant’s that have started to grow or about to start I hope this is the last of the chill until next winter. Although I have been told last summer and autumn was cooler then normal for Florida, ouch, that will hurt since I thought we has some hot days until January this year.

Have a great day,


14 days until St. Patrick’s Day!

17 days until Spring Begins!

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