California Dreaming

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Ralph feels that it's not productive to attempt to grow small tropical palms without the benefit of greenhouse heat. They simply will not grow satisfactorily, and a normally two year effort can turn into a ten or twelve year odyssey, with the probable loss of the palm before it obtains planting size.

Ralph prefers to grow the palms to a five gallon size in the greenhouse. He notices the palms obtain a large five gallon size much more quickly in a greenhouse than outdoors and feehs that a rapidly grown greenhouse palm is far more suitable for temperate climate adaptation than a show outdoor grown palm. Ralph places the palms outdoors in the spring when the night-time temperatures remain in the high 50° or above, and plants them in the ground from hate spring to late summer. Ralph has discovered that there is a perfect size for planting out palms and that is from a large five gallon to a small seven gallon. He avoids planting harger greenhouse grown palms that have developed trunk; they often suffer "post greenhouse shrink," from which they can never recover.

Ralph's is probabhy the most extensive small private collection anywhere. On a standard corner plot, Ralph has over 200 species, and he has palms growing throughout his neighbourhood. Some of his most significant mature palms are Roystonea regia, R. oloraceae, R. elata, R. borinqueana, Marojejya darianii, Prestoea acummata, Arenga pinnata, Dypsis (Chrysalidocarpus) madagascariensis, Rhopalostylis baueri, and Rhopalostylis sapida.

Pauleen Sullivan emphasizes the importance of of a small greenhouse "slider" and her indoor heated pool room. Pauleen calls her small greenhouse slider her "hot house" which consists of sliding patio doors in which she raises the small palms, and a heated poolroom into which she moves the palms after they reach a one gallon or larger size. Pauleen prefers to plant the palms outdoors in the ground after they obtain a three to five gallon size, although she has planted many at smaller sizes.

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