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Texas Gardening: Arenga engleri (Dwarf Sugar Palm) in Houston

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wls
Houston, TX

February 19, 2005
4:15 AM

Post #1296773

Have seen these (Dwarf Sugar Palms) when I used to live in Sarasota Fla, but not since I moved to Houston. Saw some for the first time in Houston at one of those "Garden Centers" and picked up two nice 5 gal. specimens! Does anyone know how they do here sunlight and temp-wise? Are they really as hardy as some of the references that I have read? TP
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 19, 2005
5:08 PM

Post #1297444

Hmmm, I'm not really familiar w/palms much.

The Plant Files give good temp info, but nobody from Houston has weighed in on that page yet http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/57883/index.html .

I found this site http://www.fbmg.com/trees/palm.htm that says they are successful in the Houston/Galveston area (check out the chart at the bottom of the page).

This website says they do well, gives more specific info about it (scroll down in Part 1) http://www.raingardens.com/psst/articles/stxpalms.htm .

It also seems like I've heard Kathy Huber ( the Houston Chronicle gardening editor) talk about this one before, but I've slept since then, and can't remember what she said. :-)

Anyway, It's a start. Let us know how yours do, and be sure to go back to the Plant Files and log in your experience!

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