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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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Beauties and the Beast

Posted by Jake on 23 July, 2009

Today I would like to show you two plants that  just love. The two plants are an Unknown Elephant Ear and a Texas Palmetto. I won’t tell you bout the beast, you will see it in a minute.

This unknown Colocasia or Elephant Ear is the best speciemen of this type out of 6 of them.

Unknown Elephant Ear

Unknown Elephant Ear

The Texas Palmetto is of course a Palmetto native to the state of Texas.  The main difference between the Palmetto and the Texas Palmetto is that the Texas Palmetto has a bigger crown of fronds and it is more cold hardy. The source I got my Texas Palmetto from stated they were hardy to zone 7.
My Texas Palmetto survived a freeze after rain outside in Kentucky after a warm February day I left it out in a container and forgot about it. It didn’t lose any fronds, but it did seem to set it back and hardly grew once I planted it here in Florida. This year it seems to have recovered and settled in and has really set off in growth. It is one beautiful palm. 
Before I show you the picture please be sure to take notice that I have just written “Texas Palmetto” four times underneath each other and it was not on purpose.
Texas Palmetto

Texas Palmetto

Okay, so are your eady to see the beast. It is a Lizard and I just wnated to show you how nasty they look. I am not a fan of reptiles like Lizards or Snakes, I do like Turtles. That little red thing is one of the things that creep me out. I didn;t get to close to take this picture, zoom works great. This particular Lizard was hanging out on my front Banana Tree.
Nasty Lizard

Nasty Lizard

 

Jake

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The Aussies and the Colocasia’s

Posted by Jake on 16 June, 2009

I have two Australian plants in my yard that seem to like the 90F/32C  plus heat we have been having. The Silver Dollar Eucalyptus has grown a huge amout since when it was planted in April. The Foxtail Palm seems to be established now, it is opening up its new frond and looks happy in the heat.

April 18, 2009

April 18, 2009

June 16, 2009

June 16, 2009

Top View

Top View

 

Foxtail Palm

Foxtail Palm

 

I also thought I would show you some of my Colocasia. I love the way the ‘Illustris’ is growing compared to pictures I have seen and another one I have. The ‘Big Dipper’ is finally pushing out large leaves that are holding water which is great. I then have another regular green Colocasia that has a leaf that is abut 1.5ft long and 6-9″ wide. The ‘Pink China’ which is the really hardy one has started to pick up size. It would have been nice had Michigan Bulb Co. sent a larger plant. I then have an unknown one that is located in six locations in my yard; I wish Iknew what exact kind they are.

Colocasia 'Illustris'

Colocasia 'Illustris'

Colocasia 'Big Dipper'

Colocasia 'Big Dipper'

Giant Leaf of Regular Green Colocasia

Giant Leaf of Regular Green Colocasia

Colocasia 'Pink China'

Colocasia 'Pink China'

Unknown Colocasia

Unknown Colocasia

 

I hope you are having a great growing season and have a great day!

Jake

2 days until I got to Kentucky!

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Around the Landscape

Posted by Jake on 17 May, 2009

I thought I would do a little update on stuff that is going on here. This past week has been a rainy week, yeah right, we have recieved 0.05″ of rain for the week. We are suppose to get more storms tomorrow and possibly constant rain from Monday thru Wednesday. The sprinklers are just keeping everything alive, but to grow we need some natural rainfall. I actually think the grass is starting to reject any form of city water weather from the sprinklers or hose. In other news we may have our first tropical storm of the season form; isn’t that just lovely news!

The Cactus has started to bloom its beautiful yellow flowers. I have a love-hate relationship with it; it can hurt you so badly, yet the yellow flowers make up for it. The flowers this year have been so large, it must be the lack of rain.

I also have all my Elephant Ears growing like crazy. Elephant Ears and Banana Trees are some of the only plants that don’t care if they get water from the tap or from the sky, they take all you can give them and grow like crazy. I do have to say I have been dissapointed in the spped of thier growth. They are fast growers, but the speed has been the same as it ever was in Kentucky. I guess they are on the highest speed anyway, so no matter where they are gorwn they grow very fast. Another observation has been the Black Magic Elephant Ear grows just as painfully slow has it did in Kentucky, lol, not a great observation.

I have a Lily from Kentucky blooming, the only one to come back from the winter. I guess it had a lower chill time then Stargazer, Easter Lily and other Lillies. I have Mums blooming, I tried pinching the blooms like you have to do in KY in July, but they grew back with in a few weeks. I will just let it bloom and then cut them back and hope they come back for an autumn bloom. Then I also have some Cannas in bloom, yay! I must have a dwarf type due to them blooming at such a short height.

 

I hope everyone enjoys the end of thier weekend and hope if you are to rainy you dry out and if you are to dry you get rain. We are suppose to, hopefully get rain, like already said and it may get below normal temperature wise within the next week.

Jake

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