Brahea Amarta.

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Brahea Amarta.

Post by karl66 » Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:37 pm

What a stunning looking palm when its formed even a small trunk. Are they worth a go in the ground at about a 7litre pot size, with some fleece wrapped round or would this size need bringing indoors?. karl.

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Post by redsquirrel » Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:07 pm

weve seen a few good ones crop up Karl.do you have a sunny spot close to the house? the main disadvantage of these is the need for heat to grow well so say you bought one and it got damaged overwinter,would take a really good summer to look well again.ive got two now,planted one outside the lounge window this year,its got the sulks so not doing much,the other is in a pot doing well which gets dragged into the garage on coldest nights.
they hate root disturbance so plan carefully if thinking about planting one icon_thumright
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Re: Brahea Amarta.

Post by karl66 » Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:18 pm

redsquirrel wrote:weve seen a few good ones crop up Karl.do you have a sunny spot close to the house? the main disadvantage of these is the need for heat to grow well so say you bought one and it got damaged overwinter,would take a really good summer to look well again.ive got two now,planted one outside the lounge window this year,its got the sulks so not doing much,the other is in a pot doing well which gets dragged into the garage on coldest nights.
they hate root disturbance so plan carefully if thinking about planting one icon_thumright
Red, i've a few sunny spots to put pots, but not really much for stuff in the ground. Akamba have some cracker's for about £70 but if these are put in there sale i might get one half price. I've also looked at what people are selling on the European palm society site, some interesting stuff m8. karl.

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Post by redsquirrel » Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:23 pm

i saw those at amulree,look excellent vfm at half price ,was good at full price icon_thumright
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Post by Adrian » Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:46 pm

I had a couple of these planted out for a quite a time and at one point considered them to be nailed on hardy but unfortunately I have been proved wrong in recent winters.

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Re: Brahea Amarta.

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:46 am

redsquirrel wrote:weve seen a few good ones crop up Karl.do you have a sunny spot close to the house? [b] the main disadvantage of these is the need for heat to grow [/b]well so say you bought one and it got damaged overwinter,would take a really good summer to look well again.ive got two now,planted one outside the lounge window this year,its got the sulks so not doing much,the other is in a pot doing well which gets dragged into the garage on coldest nights.
they hate root disturbance so plan carefully if thinking about planting one icon_thumright

I have to disagree with needing heat. They grow as many leaves as most of my other palms of similar size. armata and edulis have grown 5 each this year for me and it ain't been hot.

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Post by GoggleboxUK » Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:55 am

I agree with Kris, I think water is the important factor.

Armata need a very free draining soil due to tempramental roots but during the peak growing season it helps to stand them in water for 8-12 hours 3 times a week.

Adding Miracle Grow to the water every 2-3 weeks also gives them a good boost.

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Post by redsquirrel » Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:15 pm

i stand corrected guys icon_thumright but they could grow faster,up to 12 leaves a year in habitat which is a fair bit warmer in mexico etc
couldnt agree more about the water though. between us,i think a few have found we have been underwatering a lot of palms
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Post by GREVILLE » Fri Sep 23, 2011 10:53 pm

My armata is surrounded by hard materials but in deep soil. It does brilliantly with all the radiated heat and it gets 30c water in summer.

Ten years ago I had the loading wall it was growing against knocked down and rebuilt. I saw the roots go down a lonnnnngggg way when the soil was exposed. Thankfully, the palm didn't suffer any root damage as it grew away unchecked.

Seeing this made me understand why they hate root disturbance. If you can't plant it out near the house, you might need a very deep tub along the lines of a dustbin. You might still need some sort of dry protection in winter or else it would be consigned to the dustbin you planted it in :shock:

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Re: Brahea Amarta.

Post by Cathy » Sat Oct 01, 2011 2:25 am

Adrian wrote:I had a couple of these planted out for a quite a time and at one point considered them to be nailed on hardy but unfortunately I have been proved wrong in recent winters.
I am unanimous with you Adrian! we live and learn!

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Re: Brahea Amarta.

Post by pdid » Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:36 pm

I just got mine from Amulree. I`m debating whether to repot now or wait till Spring. It will be overwintered in my conservatory. What do you think?
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Post by Adrian » Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:49 pm

Leave it, no point repotting now as you'll only cause problems.

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Post by GoggleboxUK » Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:02 pm

That;s a good size Diddy, how many leaves does it have?

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Re: Brahea Amarta.

Post by Arlon Tishmarsh » Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:08 pm

Very nice Diddy, got a soft spot for the blue's myself icon_thumleft

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Re: Brahea Amarta.

Post by karl66 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:11 pm

pdid wrote:I just got mine from Amulree. I`m debating whether to repot now or wait till Spring. It will be overwintered in my conservatory. What do you think?
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Very nice m8, what did you give for it. Got one very similar, mines a bit more stocky trunkwise but not as tall & not as many fronds. karl.

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