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by : BTF

As I Wander...

Living in tropical Malaysia, we tend to take the hot humid weather, thundery rainstorms and the spectrum of wild evergreen plants as a given.

Recently, I noticed more exotic plants making its way into landscaped home gardens, recreational parks, frontages of shopping malls and
commercial buildings.

Along kerb sides of residential streets and busy motorways, palms, trees and flowering plants make pleasant and interesting fringes.

This is a record of the various species "as I see it" for I am in awe of palms. Hence, my premise for this blog is that the global garden,
i.e. every physical garden (tended or untended), becomes a part of my, simply said, cyber palm garden. ;-)

Please feel free to share your thoughts or comments.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Migrating palms | How to

From my observation, not many home gardeners here would ever try to grow their palms from seeds. However, one such exception I'd come across was where my sis said she'd put a fresh Arabian Date seed (after consuming the delicious fruit, of course) into an available plant container with hardened topsoil and it duly sprouted!  Picture to be posted later. The Date Palm

But this post is not about tending to vulnerable palm seedlings but rather how 'teenager' palms are commercially transplanted overnight and locked into position, the Malaysian way! 

Here, we're too busy even for Palm101 basics.  Secondly, it's not 2nd nature to grow anything from packets of little black-brown grains (seeds).  Thirdly, impatience could probably have been our invisible middle name...

Hence, plants especially biggish palms are dug (goodness knows where from?) and trucked to order (I mean specific sites) and lodged into position. Voila! instant tropical appeal which could have taken decades to grow. Therefore, to ensure these do not topple or sway, a trig (a triangular crutch made from wood) is built around its trunk to keep the rootball steady while the palms find their feet in the new location.

foxtail palm on the mend

extra fabric for padding
The above set up has been there for at least 3months while the ones below I caught sight of them being planted about 4months ago.

chinese fan palm doing well

tripod stand
Another lot of Footstool Palms I'd noticed transplanted 2 months back at a Police Barracks in KL had since disappeared completely from sight and site. It would be a shame if perhaps they didn't make it.

Now, I have no idea just how much longer these supports should be there for...

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