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My experience with Med and Pindo Palms in 8a/7b
Posted by Ken-Charlotte
on 2/27/2018, 9:41 am
Like a lot of hardy palm growers I have gotten more adventuresome over time to try the more tender and marginal palms here in Charlotte including the med and pindo palms; I have two of each and have kind of nursed them over the last 18 to 20 years.
I realize there is a great degree of variability of hardiness based on palm origin, variation of variety, winter protection and so forth.
I got my Meds from Woodley's in Columbia, SC and Zone 8 Gardens in Wilmington, NC; got my Pindos from Gerry's Jungle and Chilly Palms.
The Pindos have been hardier: one of them has maybe 5% damage at 7 degrees; the other perhaps 20% damage at that temp. Surprisingly hardy at 13 degrees.
The Meds have more like a 60% damage at 7 degrees, and often look bad for months with exposure at 13 degrees.
But I still like both palms and will continue to nurse them!