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Pandanus utilis. In California. with photo of potted plant

Post Number:#1  Postby Stan » Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:31 pm

I ordered one. How many plants can you grow that have stilt roots? I know there are cool mountain Pandanus that grow here...but P.utilis is the looker in the family. In soucal are they big water needy plants? They look so tough and stiff seems like they should do well on average water. ALL me guessing.

I did find one being grown in a Atrium of a temperate climate home. That might be a Redwood in the back ground.
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Post Number:#2  Postby Steph115 » Sun Jul 09, 2017 6:10 pm

Ah stilt root plants never get old do they. Beautiful plant!
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Post Number:#3  Postby Viegener » Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:22 am

These grow like weeds in Hawaii
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Post Number:#4  Postby Agavemonger » Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:57 am

Pandanus utilis grow fine in Southern California given ideal conditions. They need good soil and plenty of sun, water, and regular fertilization. They get to be large trees quite fast, so need to be given plenty of room. They are frost sensitive, especially as young plants, so ideally they need to be sited in a more-or-less frost-free area. Their reddish-orange color tones and large stilt roots make for very impressive specimen plants.

Some of the other Pandanus species will also grow well once they get established in the ground. Just make sure and give all of them plenty of room, as they will inexorably attain a very large size, so consequently should be given a very large footprint.

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Post Number:#5  Postby Stan » Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:08 pm

This winter its going to be on the porch- frost kept off and getting lots of the warming early sun until mid afternoon. I kept quite a few tenders going on that porch over the years. I think I might pot it up a size larger than it looks like it might need with so much warm weather to go..It can root better.
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Post Number:#6  Postby Stan » Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:44 pm

It came. Strapped leaf. I expected fan leaves. Is this normal or- Lord,dont let it be not P.utilus-another species?
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Post Number:#7  Postby Agavemonger » Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:50 pm

Can't tell for sure; looks like a different species. Pandanus utilis normally has an orange-ish tint to it. Pandanus all have strap leaves; they emerge in a spiral which makes them appear to be fan leaves, although they are not! ::wink:: (I can tell by the photo that yours are spiraling; so, not to worry-- yours will look just like the big plant in the photo, once it really gets going.

Get it planted right away, keep it wet, and try to get it carefully hardened off this summer so it can be in full sun by fall. The more hardened it is, the better it will do through this coming winter, which will be your critical period. Once it is fully hardened, it should be able to take the winter just fine.

Looks like a greenhouse plant; an awfully big plant with apparently not too many roots; now it becomes a race to get it thoroughly rooted in by winter. Best might be a five-gallon pot, and tie the leaves somewhat loosely together with a circular string about half way up so they don't just fall over and burn. Bury it up a couple inches to keep it firm in the pot, and don't use too light of a soil mix, so it doesn't flop over too much. Fertilize regularly with a 20-20-20 liquid @ 1/2 recommended strength. ::wink::

Be careful of the marginal teeth; they are really nasty and sharp and have "venom" to boot!

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Post Number:#8  Postby Stan » Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:51 pm

Here it is potted up and photo taken with flash. What do you think Monger? P.utilis as the label says or P.tectorius? I'm not getting a P.utilis- what I ordered- vibe.
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Post Number:#9  Postby Stan » Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:42 pm

I moved it into very bright indirect -and ,much warmer spot. Behind all my fat plant collection. So,its getting light bouncing off the house and filtered sun from above. I can see the red edges now. Its looking like a very good summer in the Hay bay area..75-80f everyday now. And warmer. It should root very fast.
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Post Number:#10  Postby Agavemonger » Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:07 am

Looks fairly established and reasonably healthy. Now you just need to harden it off and get it growing. I would bury it up a little more in order to get roots to grow higher up the stem; it looks like if you just fill the pot all the way up with soil it would be enough.

I would fertilize every week at half strength in order to get it growing as fast as possible in order to harden it into California conditions. That will help to get a good root system established as quickly as possible. I would very slowly move it towards full sun a little bit every few days. If you can get it growing well and into full sun by September you should have a chance at getting it through the winter. Keep it on the wet side throughout the summer; these plants are tropical. They are quite tough once hardened and thoroughly established, but delicate until they are. ::wink::

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Post Number:#11  Postby Stan » Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:13 am

Thanks Monger. I wondered about that thin stem exploding into lots of foliage. Must have been grown under some cover in hot Florida. I got a deal,I think $16. plus shipping etc. Almost the price of seeds.
I just found the first ever Foxtail palm ( with a few feet of trunk meaning its years old) growing in town. I know they like warm summers..hot even. Things have sure changed in my lifetime. Nights are running 6f above average since May.
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Post Number:#12  Postby Agavemonger » Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:11 pm

Yeah, you got a good deal.

Sure hope you can get it going fast and keep it going.

I planted two different species in a garden I worked on in Vista, California a number of years ago.

There are now two huge Pandanus utilis with many heads and about fifteen feet tall, both with quite a few two-inch thick stilt roots about five feet long and super stiff like an oak tool handle. One of them was originally a good-sized 24" box, and the other I planted in between three large granite boulders on the side of a steep bank as a floppy little plant with six inch leaves in a four inch pot. When my client came home from work that day, he stated "That will never grow there". Now, whenever I tour his garden with him and we walk by the big plant, I always comment quietly "that will never grow there!" The little plant actually eventually outgrew the 24" box after about five or six years. Both are now magnificent plants. I am a little afraid as to how large they will eventually get; they are still growing inexorably larger, and they haven't even flowered yet! D))

I don't know what the other species is, but it spirals nicely with about two hundred five-foot long leaves. I will try and post some pictures one of these days.

Just remember that, for sure, these plants are frost sensitive, especially as small plants. I lost a pretty good-sized batch of two gallon plants that weren't quite hardened off one winter when it hit about twenty-nine degrees f.

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Post Number:#13  Postby Stan » Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:40 am

Thanks Monger. Its interesting they do so well right to the beach in soucal. Its probably always going to be a container plant. But,I will go as large a container as I can, to get it to "look like something".
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Post Number:#14  Postby Stan » Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:12 pm

What a difference a few days of high 80's low 90's in summer will do. The red teeth are very prominent now. Has to be P.utilis.
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Post Number:#15  Postby Stan » Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:07 pm

Update: Its now getting full sun,old leaves were pruned and I can tell you- this plant is vicious! Not only are those teeth very sharp..the old pruned fronds seem to stick to your skin,adding the cutting potential when they snag. Woe is you if one Pandanus leaf slips through your grip! :shock: It will slice and dice you.
Still,what a great large potted plant it will make. :8:
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Post Number:#16  Postby Stan » Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:52 pm

They really are Pampas grass on steroids.
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