Kew Jubaea - Dead!

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Kew Jubaea - Dead!

Post by GREVILLE » Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:54 pm

Just heard! The biggest living thing in captivity is no more.

The Kew Jubaea was felled on Monday. An icon, gone forever.

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Re: Kew Jubaea - Dead!

Post by fern Rob » Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:30 am

Thats a shame, hope another is planted.

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Re: Kew Jubaea - Dead!

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:44 am

fern Rob wrote:Thats a shame, hope another is planted.
understatement of the year!

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Re: Kew Jubaea - Dead!

Post by Nathan » Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:57 am

Awful news, especially when they could have moved it icon_thumbdown

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Re: Kew Jubaea - Dead!

Post by benbaron » Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:04 am

Why? Just getting to big?

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Re: Kew Jubaea - Dead!

Post by kata » Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:24 am

Flabergasted that such a plant/seed conservation site has felled such a tree,

Its gives wine, it flowers, and it gives fruit.

There is no news at Kew they have felled it.

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Re: Kew Jubaea - Dead!

Post by otorongo » Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:43 am

fern Rob wrote:Thats a shame, hope another is planted.
And in just 100 years it will be as impressive! ;)

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Re: Kew Jubaea - Dead!

Post by Nathan » Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:41 am

There was already one of the offspring of the tree planted (by the Queen) in the 1980's, so it is now a decent size, but not yet trunking & they have produced many other seedlings/plants. But it does seem criminal that such an old & horticulturally important tree has been felled, it would have been possible to remove it from the glass house & plant it outside, but they obviously felt it wasn't worth the trouble & expense... :(

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Re: Kew Jubaea - Dead!

Post by billdango » Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:29 pm

They should plant the next one outside and save all the hassle every 100 years.

Jubaea chilensis will grow perfectly well outside in London.

But i suppose thats to much effort.

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Re: Kew Jubaea - Dead!

Post by Conifers » Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:41 pm

otorongo wrote:
fern Rob wrote:Thats a shame, hope another is planted.
And in just 100 years it will be as impressive! ;)
Well, in 168 years . . . it was planted in 1846

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Re: Kew Jubaea - Dead!

Post by doncasterpalmguy123 » Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:31 pm

kata wrote:Its gives wine, it flowers, and it gives fruit.
To be fair it only gives wine when felled so that is only an asset to it now.

Sad to hear about though, first came across it on David Attenbrough's life of plants.

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Re: Kew Jubaea - Dead!

Post by fern Rob » Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:20 pm

Conifers wrote:
otorongo wrote:
fern Rob wrote:Thats a shame, hope another is planted.
And in just 100 years it will be as impressive! ;)
Well, in 168 years . . . it was planted in 1846
I wonder if they will grow one from seeds of the mother plant.

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Re: Kew Jubaea - Dead!

Post by dino » Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:35 pm

That's almost criminal :ahhh!:

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Re: Kew Jubaea - Dead!

Post by GREVILLE » Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:31 pm

The offspring planted in an adjacent bed around thirty years ago grew out at an odd angle. I wonder if they've saved this to replant it in the right position!

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Re: Kew Jubaea - Dead!

Post by jungle jas » Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:28 am

This post should be retitled "Kew Jubaea Murdered through lack of interest".

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