Ooh, I can almost smell those pink shoots! I love galangal… will be interested to see how much you can harvest from a container.
I've never really seen palm sprouts. It's an interesting growth.
So can I grow a palm from these berries that I collected. This is the last palm tree standing at Taco Cabana. Not sure how old it is but it survived at least a couple of historic freezes we had here in North Texas. I noticed it had some dingle berries and thought it would be cool to try and grow one.
Thanks for sharing that info. It sure looks like the same tree. I’ll try and figure out what palms are commonly sold here to see if I can make an identification. In the meantime I’ll work on trying to germinate these seeds.I'm not a specialist at ID-ing, but it looks like Sabal mexicana (Sabal texana is sometimes used in the US). Its natural habitat stretches from Texas to Central America. I can't comment on its cold hardiness (palmpedia states 16-18F for established palms), but it's a very robust species here in our region. Takes any temperature from warm to brutally hot and has a very decent drought tolerance. I encountered this species even at the edge of mangroves, so it can take some salt as well (photo below).
I'm growing two specimens in large containers (they have large taproots). I can guarantee you that they can take a lot of abuse... They do best in full sun and with regular watering, but they won't die if you forget about them for a while (months...). Germination was easy for me: I picked up seeds from a beautiful speciment I spotted in the streets and removed the flesh (put a day in water and you can rub it off easily). Seeds were placed on the surface of moist peat and pressed halfway in. I covered the container with a plastic bag to control humidity. After 4-5 weeks, the seeds began to germinate.
The panoramic image below is taken at the edge of La Encrucijada biosphere reserve. It shows the palm in its native habitat here in Chiapas. They have colonized open spaces around mangrove canals.
Thanks for sharing that info. It sure looks like the same tree. I’ll try and figure out what palms are commonly sold here to see if I can make an identification. In the meantime I’ll work on trying to germinate these seeds.
Nice. Never knew turmeric came as an ornamental. Does this version taste good as well?