My Howea was planted in 1992,is healthy- never flowers.

Discussion in 'PALM TREES - WHERE TROPICAL STARTS' started by Stan, Jun 14, 2015.

  1. Stan

    Stan Well-Known Member

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    What's the delay? I've posted photo's of it..seems large enough to flower. To read online they can flower at 15 years is what got me to notice..mine is a tightwad with the seeds.
    I can't give Jade plant cuttings away,but my Howea isn't giving me future palms.
     
  2. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Stan - I have grown many dozens of Howeas to maturity. But I don't think I have seen one flower until it had clear trunk at least head high. And even then, that was the exception - usually not flowering until much taller than that.

    And then, don't hold your breath - seed are very slow to develop (over a year) and very slow to germinate (again, over a year).
     
  3. Stan

    Stan Well-Known Member

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    Shoot. Well,I think that's the first post on the internet of how old a Howea has to be in California to go to seed. Thanks.
     
  4. Jim in Los Altos

    Jim in Los Altos Member

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    Here's my oldest Howea. It's 25 years old and fruiting like crazy. The first batch should be ripe next spring I'm estimating.
     

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  5. Stan

    Stan Well-Known Member

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    Is that the first time? The last couple of years have been very good Howea growing seasons. Still,mine are just growth.
     
  6. Jim in Los Altos

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    Stan, Mine's been flowering for three years. It gets a lot of water and partial sun.
     

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