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Re: First time blooms and some insect findings in MD
Did I read that right? You never had a Sabal Minor bloom for you before this year? I planted my first Minors in 2007 from 1 gal. specimens. They began blooming for me around 2010, 2011. Interestingly, even considering they are now about 15 years old from seed, they don't bloom EVERY year. A particularly cold winter can cause a non-bloom. Also, "other disturbances." I had to have a new gas service line run to my house to update an older, obsolete line. The crew bored the new line UNDERNEATH the Sabals. About 3 feet from the surface. The next year, the Sabals withheld their bloom stalks. But, they bounced back.
Countless "volunteers" have sprung up in the garden over the years. Harsh winters cull the weaker ones. I have never pulled up any of the "babies." My hope is for a Sabal Minor thicket after a few more years.
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