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Needles Are Highly Individualistic
Posted by Jim Wilmington DE 7a on 4/20/2017, 12:33 pm, in reply to "Re: Spring Status Report, Part One - (photos)"
Needle Palms are not one-size-fits-all on hardiness & spear pull resistance. Jim K in NJ will certainly tell you that from the several he has. Even my same state buddy, Ron, has a couple of Needles and has observed differences.
With my own, my central "mother" stem or trunk was very finicky each spring. Most springs, the spear would pull even if the winter wasn't particularly harsh. They always recovered and put out new spears by June, so it wasn't too much of a problem until the first vortex winter (2014 or 2015) when both of my Needles pulled spears and both failed to recover. Those two mother stems are gone forever. But the good news is the suckers that surrounded the main stems have proven real troopers and have not pulled spears.
If you are going to try Needles again, my strong recommendation is to try to get one of enough size and age that it already has 1 or 2 suckers. The more suckers, the more your chances go up of having something alive and growing every spring.
Jim, Wilmington, DE, 7a
Last 30 Years Avg. Winter Low: 7.50F
Last 20 Years Avg. Winter Low: 8.35F
Last 10 Years Avg. Winter Low: 8.40F
Favorite Palms: Species: Phoenix Canariensis / Genus: Sabal