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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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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.

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Thanks for Reading,

Jake

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