Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sago palm pet warnings

Props to home depot for now adding warning labels to the Sago Palms they sell. Sago palms and pets do not agree, it is nice to see this.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April Bloomers

A couple a bloomers in my front yard. Bottlebrush and my Windmill Palm.

Monday, March 24, 2014

A couple of exotic Palm Trees at home depot.

Home Depot surprised me the other day my having a couple of palms trees usually not sold in Vegas in stock. (Actually they are both Cycad's but everyone mistakes them as palms and they are usually sold as such.)

First is the Cardboard Palm.

Cardboard Palm

A closer look

Second is the Giant Dioon.

Cooler looking cousin to the Sago Palm (cycad)

Both come with a nice clay pot for $49. They didn't' have that many in stock so I suggest you grab one sooner than later.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Still Alive!

I recently watched the Croods with the kids about a month ago and one of the running jokes was that they were the last cavemen (caveman?) family alive and would yell that every time they survived some horrible thing. Well I think my little blog has survived me ignoring it for the last few months. I blame my wife, my project list for inside the house has been keeping me busy so less time on the yard. I could not hold out with spring in full force so more posts will be coming soon...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Below freezing weather coming!

If you have any tender plants, palms, and other items, I recommend you do some wrapping with burlap tonight since we are projected to go just under freezing the next few days.

For Palms you want to wrap the heart of the palm just below where the fronds come out. Wrapping to the base is usually not necessary. For other plants use frost-cloth to create a dome over the plant with all of the sides of the cloth touching the ground. This way it traps the heat coming up from the ground.

On a side note, this morning I saw a bunch of landscapers cutting fronds off my neighbors canary island palm tree this morning. I wanted to cringe, never cut your palms right before a freeze, even if you are doing so to wrap the heart with burlap. What you gain by wrapping it, you will loose by shocking them and exposing the inside plant tissue to the cold. Bad bad bad...

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Largest Tipu Trees in Las Vegas

I should preface this post "that I know about".  It seems that the Tipu Tree gets quite massive here and I have been finding great examples around town. Why I am such a fan is that it is a beautiful lush tropical looking tree that provides a ton of shade. In mild winter years it will even stay evergreen. It also has a very high heat tolerance so they do ok as parking lot trees. In late spring/summer they boom pretty yellow blooms similar to the Jacaranda Tree.

Tipu Tree at Moon Valley NW LV. My daughter added for scale

Tipu Tree at private residence in NW LV. Looks 50ft high AMAZING!

I have posted in the past about this tree, you can read my last article below.

If you are looking to buy a Tipu tree, the only vendor that currently has them in stock is Moon Valley, you can check out their website here.

USDA - Zones 8b+
Sunset Zones 13-16, 18-27, H1, H2 (BUT they are wrong on this one!)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Paulowina Tree in the ground

Finally put one of my Paulowina Tree seedlings in the ground. After 1 week it has already doubled it leaves.

Paulownia Elongata

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fall planting season

We are starting to get into fall, usually when some more unusual stuff shows up at the garden stores. I have started my fall run with 4 new plants this week. All of them replacing something that died over the summer.

Taro Elephants Ear - Colocasia Esculenta "black" Zone8 (Home Depot) - planted in Partial Shade

Violet Trumpet Vine - Clytostoma Callistegioides Zone5 (Home Depot) - Full Sun west facing trellis.

Goldfinger Banana - Musa "Goldfinger" Zone8 (Lowes) - Partial Sun, about 6 hours in sheltered spot from wind on south side of the house.

Hybrid Ixora Maui Red -  Rubiacease Ixora Zone9 (Home Depot) - Full sun western side of house

The Goldfinger banana intrigues me the most. According to the what I have read, it is much more cold and wind tolerant than more standard varieties and its cold hardiness has been rated at zone 8. Zone 8, WOW! Most banana's are rated at zone 10 or higher. If we have a warmer than usual winter it might even fruit. That would be something to see!

Anyway most of these I would consider experimental plantings, since there really isn't much data on how well they will do here yet.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Paulowina Trees - 3 months

So its been about a month since I lasted posted anything. July is my month off to hide inside from the sun and play video games of all things. Today I wanted to share how my Paulowina seedlings are doing. Normally they would be ready to plant by now, but because I got a late start to trying this experiment, I am still keeping them on my back covered patio. I am going to wait until the end of August before I put a couple in the ground. I think our hot dry climate is a bit too much for them right now.


Paulownia Elongata (Green), Paulownia Kawakamii (Red)

One thing that I have noticed is that the Paulownia Elongata seems to be a better option than the Paulownia Kawakamii so far. I lost three of the Kawakamii's this last month but none of the Elongata's have perished. I have been shuffling around the plants around on my table every few days to try and mitigate any effects of growing crooked because of the angle of sunlight they receive. They are currently getting about 5 1/2 hours of sun a day. 

Also they were attacked about a month ago by some type of creepy crawly that had a taste for their leaves. From what I have learned on the internet, but you can't use any kind of bug spray on them when they are this young. That probably didn't help much, but at least whatever was feasting on them is gone. I am keeping my fingers crossed as we start to cool down they start shooting up with new radical growth like I have seen posted online.

Paulownia kawakamii

Paulownia elongata 


Zones 4-9, 11-24

Full Sun, Moderate Water

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Sabal Palm Trees Available Locally

Kudos to whoever is doing the nursery ordering at the Home Depot located off the southern 215 Beltway and S. Rainbow Blvd. They by far have the best selection of plants of any Home Depot in the valley. I find things there that I have never seen at another local Home Depot.

Well once again they have something you normally don't see locally, Sabal Palms. I am going to guess that its the Sabal Palmetto variety because I have seen them before at home depot last year. They have them in nice large 15 gallon containers for only $99. I also have seen 5 gallon Sabals at this Home Depot and the one on S. Ft. Apache Rd and W. Flamingo Rd.

Ready to be planted!

Sabal palms look very similar to the Mexican and California Fan palms when they are young, but they have couple of noticeable differences. First, there are no spikes on the petioles (part that connects the fan leaf to the trunk of the palm) Second there is no fibers bushing upon the palm leaves. Third they also look different when they emerge from the soil. Young Sabals look 1/2 buried at the base of the trunk where as fan palms emerge taller.

One Sengal left

 They also had one Sengal Date Palm left at this location, its looking a little beat up, but now that we are getting into summer it should green up nicely.