Brahea edulis

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Mario999
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Brahea edulis

Post by Mario999 » Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:50 pm

Hi.

I've been slowly trying to create a tropical garden for the last couple of years and have an empty corner that needs filling.

I've seen a nice Brahea edulis for sale on Hardy Palms and wondered if people have had much success with them?

I'm based in Nottingham for info.

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Post by otorongo » Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:13 pm

I'm in outer London and have had a Brahea edulis in the ground for 3 or 4 years. The lowest we've seen must have been around -6C. No damage at all, not even superficial.
My washies (admittedly smaller than the B. edulis), on the other hand, defoliated completely and I eventually binned them as was too impatient to wait for them to resprout.

So I would say hardier than washy, possibly much hardier.

In the winter I often go away for 2-3 months and I do stick a ball of fleece in the growing point of the Brahea before I go, just in case, but seeing how the leaves don't suffer from -6C at all, protecting the growing point is probably not needed here.

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Brahea edulis

Post by Mario999 » Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:58 pm

Thanks for the reply. I'm in Nottingham, so probably a bit cooler, but they sound a lot hardier than I though. Sounds like they are worth a go. icon_thumright

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Brahea edulis

Post by GREVILLEAJ » Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:54 pm

Plant in a sheltered suntrap if you can.

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Brahea edulis

Post by chainsaw kid » Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:19 am

Mario, Edulis is supposed to be hardy to -8c but does not like it wet and cold at the same time. How cold does it get in your garden? I recently bought a Brahea Armata which has similar hardness, but I prefer the blue colour. I bought mine from eBay. I recommend planting in full sun in free draining soil. Jas.
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Post by Mario999 » Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:06 pm

Looking to plant it in a corner near two tall fence panels, which should give some protection. I wouldn't say it's an overly exposed location but can get cold at times.

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Post by chainsaw kid » Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:44 am

I'm not sure about edulis, but mine also is supposed to be very wind resistant which is useful were I live on the coast. I also know it should grow in North Wales as some one else is growing one. icon_thumright
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Post by chainsaw kid » Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:45 am

I'm not sure about edulis, but mine also is supposed to be very wind resistant which is useful were I live on the coast. I also know it should grow in North Wales as some one else is growing one. icon_thumright
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Post by Mario999 » Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:57 pm

How would I improve drainage? Just dig some sand into the soil? Thanks.

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Post by chainsaw kid » Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:02 pm

I can't say with out knowing what sort of soil you have and are you on a slope? icon_thumright
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Post by Mario999 » Thu Apr 23, 2020 2:34 pm

Flat, but quite a heavy clay soil.

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