This post is where I archive journal entries from The Rainforest Garden

The Rainy Season Returns
Blood Lily in Bloom
Gardening Negativity
A Dew Covered Morning
I Survived the Freezes of 09 and 10
The Balcony Garden and a New Bromeliad!
The Garden and Myself, Back From a Hiatus
Gecko Obituary, Earth Stars Reborn
Cactus Flowers, Treefrogs, and a New Crinum!
Things That Made Me Smile Today
Traveling the Ft. Lauderdale Area
Deerfield Beach Arboretum
Emergence: An Ant's Eye View
Gardener's Log: Late March 2010
"Lady Gaga" the Fern
Show and Tell: Birds Nest Fern
Lets Hear it for Happy Accidents!
Wet Garden
Fall in The Rainforest Garden
Before the Big Freeze
Bromeliads Before the Freeze
Kept inside by the cold
One Year's Growth in Pictures!
Aechmea Gamosepala in Bloom!
Freeze Damage Report
Gardening With My Dog
Thai Style Dinner
New Agave
What To Buy?


  1. my pigmy palms approximately 3 years old appear to have strong roots but the trunks are brown, they were exposed to harsh cold weather this past winter. They are green at the base. What do I do to make them start leafing again. same thing with two of my queen palms. the queen palms were 10 to 12 feet tall.

  2. If they haven't leafed out yet I'm sorry to say that they may be goners. Several of my pygmy date palms have died as well, and a neighbor's queen palm bit the dust too. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but at least you've opened up a spot in the garden for more plantings!
    My areca palm clump died this time around, but I used the trunks as a support for some bromeliads. My dead pygmy date palm rootball was used in the same way! Its interesting, because the cluster that died was planted right next to one that survived with no extra protection. This winter was an exceptional one, so why not get another?
    If you want something hardier try radicalis palm... I have a profile on them under the "profiles" link.


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