Ok, So I dug my 1 x 1 x 18" hole and filled it with water. The first 6" drained in about 20-25 mins, then the last 12" took 6 hours. I've filled it up a second time, and so far, the same results. Here's a question...what if you drilled 5-6 holes at the bottom of your planting hole (about 2-3 feet deeper using an auger bit) as to drain the hole itself? What exactly is the timetable for draining to be classified as "poor draining"?
The landscape designer is coming by on Tuesday to discuss what type of palms and where.
Sounds like poorly draining soil to me, though I had worse in Thousand Oaks (took days for soil to drain out of such a hole). However, it was pretty surprising how many species of palm did great in this soil (had a few that did not, but most survived fine).
So what did you find did well in this type of soil palmbob? And what do you think of Queens in this type of soil? Like I said in another post, I have a well established that I think the builder planted 25 years ago. Do you have an advantage with buying / planting a more mature Queen?
Queens will do fine in that soil (even like it), but so do several Braheas (armata, brandegei and edulis), Trachycarpus (all), most Phoenix, Rhopalostylis, Livistonas (most... not the blue ones, though), Parajubaea sunkha, Rhapidophyllum, Washingtonia (of course), Bismarckia, Sabals (all), Nannorhops (old ones... seedlings don't like it), Chamaedorea (except for the sun-loving ones, like plumosa or glaucifolia... and I have no luck with super marginal species, either), Jubaeaopsis, Allagoptera, Pritchardia (most)... I think that pretty much covers it...