Chatham Island Nikau 'Oceana'

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Re: She Lives- yay

Post by Nick » Sat Jun 27, 2009 6:34 pm

Dave 250609 Nikau .jpg looks like my Washingtonia, but without it opening.

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Re: She Lives- yay (Nikau Recovery)

Post by Dave Brown » Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:55 am

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This is going to be a sloooow process but the leaves are lengthening and opening.
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Re: She Lives- yay (Nikau Recovery)

Post by carolpz » Sun Jul 12, 2009 10:28 am

I almost planted mine out last year because I thought I may just get away with it. I didn't thank goodness. The only palm casualty was Phoenix rob. and I am so cross with myself for leaving it out. :evil:
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Re: She Lives- yay (Nikau Recovery)

Post by palmking » Sun Jul 12, 2009 11:37 am

Dave, slight correction -Nikau is Maori for 'no coconuts'! :)

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Re: She Lives- yay (Nikau Recovery)

Post by Dave Brown » Sun Jul 12, 2009 6:40 pm

Paul, Ah I see, so it should be Ni - Kau

So my No coconuts Palm is recovering well :lol:

Carol, you should get away with this in a nornmal year, what sort of temps did you actually get. I heard that there was even -7C right on the coast :ahhh!:
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Re: Chatham Island Nikau

Post by Dave Brown » Sat Sep 12, 2009 10:42 pm

Just another update on the Nikau recovery. It is going to be a slow slooww process. Maybe taking 2 years to get back to it's former glory. Here it is last week, but at least is still making progress :wink:
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Re: Chatham Island Nikau 'Oceana'

Post by Jellybob » Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:00 pm

Dave, are you going to re-pot it? Do you thing new soil/bigger pot would speed it up?


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Re: Chatham Island Nikau 'Oceana'

Post by Dave Brown » Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:53 pm

I'm not going to repot it this year now, as the roots are more than ample for the little bit of top growth. It's in quite a large concrete pot now, which was to stop it blowing over. It weighs a ton :roll: If I do repot it, it will be into a plastic pot which I will then bury in the ground to stop it blowing over. I'm not planning on planting it out as the lows we got last winter were not colder than average, just the number of frosts was above average. :roll: I'll overwinter it under cover this winter. :wink:
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Re: Chatham Island Nikau 'Oceana'

Post by GARYnNAT » Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:53 pm

my Nikau is doing well but agree they are slow
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Re: Chatham Island Nikau 'Oceana'

Post by Dave Brown » Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:03 pm

Did you get that from Dave Poole, Gary. They just don't generally seem available now. It seems odd that this is more hardy than Phoenix roebelenii, but just not available to try. They are sold for pence in New Zealand on their version of ebay, but you cannot register without a NZ email address. :roll:
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Re: Chatham Island Nikau 'Oceana'

Post by GARYnNAT » Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:53 pm

Yep this was from Dave Poole, he actually sent two as the first went missing in the post. You are right they do seem very difficult to find, i looked everywhere without any luck till Dave stepped in with his kind offer :D

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Re: Chatham Island Nikau 'Oceana'

Post by Dave Brown » Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:34 am

Doesn't it make you sick :evil: Look at this lot .... and a NZ Dollar is 43p today.
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Re: Chatham Island Nikau 'Oceana'

Post by bobbyd44 » Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:41 pm

no chance of getting a bulk order sent over from there???
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Re: Chatham Island Nikau 'Oceana'

Post by Dave Brown » Fri Nov 06, 2009 10:06 pm

At last it is starting to look like a Nikau now. I'm not taking any chances now, so it came inside today.
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Re: Chatham Island Nikau 'Oceana'

Post by Adam » Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:03 pm

I know of a site based in the canary islands that sells a truly amazing range of plams (Canarius.com) and more... they do sell chatham island nikau palm aswell at not bad prices at all in Euros so you get an even better deal but they do have rediculusly high postage and packaging prices 30euros and above but the plants are very cheap and good quality. i have bought from them so can vouch for them drunken_smilie1


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