Caryota maxima

Discussion in 'GENERAL DISCUSSIONS OF PALMS AND CYCADS' started by Moose, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    This is Caryota maxima, photos taken at sunrise this morning. I got this palm from Faith Bishock in March 2006 in a three gallon container. It was planted June 2006. I guestimate that it is a least 28 ft. in overall height. It is important to keep a Caryota well feed and watered at this size. Neglecting it for a long period often induces it to flower. Flowering will continue for about 5-7 years then the palm dies. This palm would be a pain in the ass to have to remove at this size. :rolleyes:
     

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  2. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Mine defoliated at 26F two years ago but now, you'd never know the difference.
     
  3. Mandrew968

    Mandrew968 Member

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    I sold mine--thought twice about the eventual removal and dug it up and am a better man for it.
     
  4. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    I hear you, I'm pretty much done with planting Caryotas.
     
  5. Mandrew968

    Mandrew968 Member

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    Almost all of the local giants I see around town, are not nearly as attractive as the ones I have seen photos of, in California. The proportions are off--usually from a dead spear, due to cold. They come back, but they don't look spectacular.
     

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