T. Fortunae on Balcony Overwinter?

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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Hi .... I'm new to this site & it is just fabulous. I have a question
    about T. Fortunae palms in containers on my apt. balcony in Richmond,
    BC.The spot faces west & is well protected from north & easterly
    winter cold & has a roof above it , which means the plant recieves no
    rain & has to be watered manually. My questions are:(1) just how wet
    should these palms be kept during the 3 "bad" months (Dec, Jan, Feb)
    to keep them from freezing. If I were to let them dry out as I do with
    my Yucca's , would these palms survive? (2). I would be gratefull to
    anyone out there who could pass onto us Apt. people , any good tips as
    to how to treat Trachy's in containers in the winter...without having
    to bury them in a pile of sawdust for 3 months...which looks like hell
    ( ha ha.) Would anyone have any great ideas?? Would love to here from
    you on this, & thanks greatly in advance.

    HERE'S SOME INFO & a BIT OF HISTORY ON TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNAE
    in the Vancouver BC area....
    I found this info 35 yrs ago in the Van. Public Library when
    Windmill palms were 1st being introduced into this area. The plant was
    discovered by a group of British Botanists who were exploring the Mt.
    areas somewhere in China in the late 1920's . I don't recall if the
    exact area was mentioned , but the group had reached the snow line or
    slightly above that when one of the members noticed some "greenery"
    sticking up thru the snow...after brushing off the snow they were
    amazed to find that it was a PALM & a few more were later found in the
    nearby areas. This bit of info SEEMS to suggest that that particular
    species had adapted to germinating & taking root in that particular
    climate zone....... just thought I'd pass that along .

    Yuccnut in sunny Richmond BC.
     

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