What is this growing out of my palm trees?

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  1. Texas Palm

    Texas Palm Member

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    I noticed the things growing out of my palm trees and originally thought they were new palms sprouting, but I don't think they are. They grow FAST and are quite large. Can someone please help me?
     

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    They are flowers, my friend. If they get pollenated, by bees or parrots/birds, you will get berries and eventually seeds with any luck...

    Ed
     
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    odd-looking flowers! i'd have been worried that something was wrong with the palm!!
     
  4. Texas Palm

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    Hey Ed,

    Thanks for the quick reply! Are they something that I just let grow? And will they sprout into flowers like you said? And how do they get pollinated if they are like little seeds?
     
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    Just let it grow and the flowers will open soon and the birds and the bees (LOL) will do they're thing and you should get seeds I'd imagine...

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  6. LPN

    LPN Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Sorry to disappoint Texas Palm, but what you have is male infloresence (flowers) on your Windmill palm (Trachycarpus fortunei). You'll need a near-by female for this pollen to work it's magic and produce seed on that female tree.

    Cheers, LPN.
     
  7. Texas Palm

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    How do I know if I have a Female Palm Tree? I have 3 other palm trees in the same yard. 2 of the 3 have the same flowers coming out. Does that mean that the one that doesn't is a female?
     
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    Barrie is right mate, I didn't even think about the male-female thing. Sorry to get your hopes up

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Can you post photos of the flowers on the other trees? Should be able to tell if they are male or female from the pics.
     
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    LPN Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Here's a couple of photos to help you identify your Trachycarpus gender.
    Each example shows the male flower on the left, female flowers on the right.
    Note that the female is much greener in color and won't release pollen when touched or disturbed.

    Cheers, LPN.
     

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    LPN,

    That is Great Pictures! I have been trying to figure this out since they started sprouting. I was worried at first. Right now it looks like I have at least 1 male tree. The other 3 are still not fully out yet with the flowers. So I don't know what the other trees are, but with time will find out!

    Thanks Again!
     
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    On average the male palms seem to be first to flower in this genus, but like you said you'll find out in due time.

    Cheers, LPN.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    So it might be worth shaking the pollen off into a bag and storing it in the fridge until the females are open?
     
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    There is no pollin coming off the male trees at this time. The are still firm and havent opened up. The feel like coliflower.
     
  15. tselby84

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    Hello I too have been seeking information about the very same issue. This has been the 1st time my tree has done this and It has been growing for 10 years is that normal.

    It has taken me ages to find anything on this because I couldn't remember what it actually was lol.

    I assume I just leave them and they die off say end of summer or do I need to remove them etc. Unfortunately it seems that you obviously need a male and female version of these trees and I only have 1 so I'm guessing there is no chance of pollination.

    Just 1 more question sorry , how big do they grow. It's getting a good size now and just wondered if the sky was the limit.

    Thanks in advance
     

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