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Palms and Cycads: Brahea armatas growing in zone 7b - NE Ga.

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donnacreation
Sumter, SC
(Zone 8a)

September 22, 2012
1:48 PM

Post #9283221

On the SE Palm Society website, I just saw pics of 2 Brahea armatas growing happily in NE Ga red clay - zone 7b! The grower has never provided winter protection, and they have withstood temps in the low teens w/no damage. I'm surprised I've never seen them marketed here in zone 8a, SC midlands. Anybody else in the interior SE growing these palms?
Sandlapper91
Lexington, SC

December 23, 2012
12:40 AM

Post #9365202

I tried two seedlings in Bluffton, but they both died. Granted, Bluffton is probably much more humid than Sumter.
KAMasud
Rawalpindi
Pakistan
(Zone 9a)

December 23, 2012
5:25 PM

Post #9365638


You have to get them through frost for the first two years. How to keep them warm and toasty for first two winters, your area you think how to do it. We use sticks and cover them with plastic sheeting to provide protection.
Regards,
Masud.
Sandlapper91
Lexington, SC

December 23, 2012
9:14 PM

Post #9365752

I think what got mine was the humidity. They died in the middle of the summer.
KAMasud
Rawalpindi
Pakistan
(Zone 9a)

December 25, 2012
7:11 PM

Post #9367102


Palms. humidity? Must be the moisture around the crown.
Regards,
donnacreation
Sumter, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 14, 2013
4:24 PM

Post #9385080

I had almost forgotten about my posted question. Thanks for the responses. I was prepared for the colder and wetter than normal winter the NWS was predicting for the SE US, and thinking it would be a good year to test the cold hardiness of those palms I saw pictured in Dawsonville, Ga. As you know, Sandlapper, so far we're having a very mild winter here in the SC midlands. I just can't imagine the Blue Hesper surviving a cold, icy winter in those elevations above Atlanta. Still, I'm going to be in Sarasota next month, and if I see any marketed along the way, I might give 1 a try.

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