Beaucarnea almost in full bloom.

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Beaucarnea almost in full bloom.

Post Number:#1  Postby Stan » Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:00 am

I very often have cars parked in front ( city life) so I took these with only one in front of me. A cloudy day too. But better post now in case I miss the main bloom. Its not yearly. Plus,this years many bloom stalks is best I've seen.
These are not as large as in hotter summer areas..but nice enough. This plant in total is over 25 years old. Maybe near 30. Planted in ground in 1992.
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Post Number:#2  Postby mcvansoest » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:24 pm

Stan, your front yard looks awesome. Love to see that beaucarnea in bloom!
It is what it is!
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Post Number:#3  Postby Steph115 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:06 pm

Beautiful specimen. Love that huge elephant foot on the skinny "ankle"!
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Post Number:#4  Postby Stan » Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:22 pm

Thanks Mac. Always refining. Even with a small yard you can change things up when it gets stale.

Steph, Beaucarnea wont reach the immense sizes it does in southern states. Here in the bay area they tend to keep that "Teardrop" shape. Of the couple others I've seen and mine? That's the trend.
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Post Number:#5  Postby Steph115 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:36 pm

Very interesting. I received one as a gift in May. Not sure if it's happy or not. It's got healthy new roots, but new leafy growth or growth in the trunk doesn't seem to be happening. It's in a typical well draining mix. Originally had it getting direct sun but now it's under my 40% shade house. Doesn't help that it is my cat's favorite plant to chew on. You have any tips? I've heard these can be pretty fast growing.
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Post Number:#6  Postby Stan » Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:47 pm

They LOOK like desert plants..but they love water. They in California like fertilizer..otherwise they go yellow green. The more water and frequent fertilizers,the faster it grows.

Cats are wily. I'm always moving rocks and driftwood to key areas...or my cats will sleep on soft ornamental grasses. Or eat fern fiddle-heads or climb the arbor and knock or break my Tillandsia's. I like that green garden fencing to use..its sort of invisible,cats dont want to walk over it. I even had to use that on TOP of a big old Platycerium in a tree. Keeps them off.
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Post Number:#7  Postby Steph115 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:51 pm

Good to know about the water. All I seemed to keep reading elsewhere online was that their roots didn't like to be wet for too long. I'll try more water and see how it goes. As for the cats.,, they're the bosses of our house. They only let me pretend like I'm in charge. Just waiting for them to lose interest ;)
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