Every time we travel down for our holiday to
|The lovely George at the Palm House|
And one sunny afternoon last May on our way to Cornwall was no exception :-)
|Gaz and Lucien, with George looking around the polytunnels|
The quality of the palms they sell are always top notch, I couldn’t praise them enough. The palms are field grown inside the polytunnels and once they reach certain sizes, they are dug up with a decent sized root ball, repotted, and left to re root again in the pot before they are sold on. They make sure that the palms are healthy, in great condition, and well rooted before they sell any of them. There are different sizes of palms available to suit most people’s needs and budget.
There’s also something special about buying palms that were grown and raised within the
. A lot of palms sold here are imported from other European countries like the UK , Netherlands , Spain , etc; and some more coming from as far away as Italy and Brazil . With the imported ones, it is not uncommon to buy specimens that are relatively freshly dug up and just about re rooting in their new pots (and the odd chance of inadvertently buying palms with no roots at all which did happen to us once!), and also some specimens being noticeably ‘force grown’ under glass with over long petioles. With the palms they sell, they are already acclimatised to British conditions, hence having more natural looking proportions to the leaves with the general size of the plant amongst other things. And since they only release well rooted palms, they are able to establish much quicker when planted out in the garden. Korea
|Field growing Trachycarpus wagnerianus|
|The field grown palms are dug up with a big rootball, potted, then re rooted before being sold|
|Potted and re rooted specimens ready for sale|
Apart from T. wagnerianus, this is also my favourite place to buy palms such as Chamaedorea radicalis and microspadix, as well as a few other types of Trachycarpus which they also stock. If you spot any C. radicalis on some of the photos of our garden, chances are they originally came from here. Another thing I want to highlight is their success in propagating the bamboo Chusquea gigantea, a notoriously difficult to propagate bamboo and rarely available in smaller sized pots to purchase. They are however an exception and if you’re after one in a small pot then they are the place to source them.
|Chamaedorea radicalis and other palms|
|A possible Trachycarpus takil, this specimen has been in the ground for ten years, slow growing and has very little trunk to it. A growth rate and trait unlike the usual T. fortunei|
It may be a stopover but our visits are rarely short as George always happily shows us around and have long chats with him talking about the lovely exotics they have in the nursery. On our last visit we happily went away with three T. wagnerianus and a possible T. takil, taking them all the way to
with us. Now talk about bringing your own ‘houseplant’ with you on your holidays! Cornwall
Definitely not our last visit, looking forward to popping ‘round again the very near future ;-)