Tuesday, September 06, 2016

A Different Style of Stripping

It's been over three years ago since we gave one of our Trachycarpus wagnerianus a full Brazilian treatment, how time flies!

Here's how it is looking now...


And a few more angles of the same plant...



We haven't removed any more fibres and old leaf bases since then and it is due some soon, which we'll hopefully tackle in the next few days (not that it's a big job!).

However, a couple of month ago we spotted this in a nearby garden centre...



We think it looks good too, a different style of trachycarpus stripping. It looks very 'tropical palm' as well.

There is definitely more than one way to skin a ..... trachy!

Mark :-)

20 comments :

  1. The garden center version looks almost like sculpture but I think yours looks more natural. Glad to see your blog surface! I hope you're both doing well.

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    1. A little summer hiatus, had to do lots of watering!

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  2. They both look tropical. Kris is right though, yours does look more natural.

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    1. I like the variation, just shows you can play with the look of the stripping too :)

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  3. Hi Mark, never seen the "stripping style" of the palm in the nursery. Very interesting! I can't say that I prefer one over the other. They are too different to compare. The nursery palm looks almost like a sculpture, though!
    Warm regards,
    Christina

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    1. Indeed. Can imagine this being done on shorter washingtonia too which is widely available in your area :)

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  4. Your Palm looks good. It's not used much here because we have so many more options to choose from, but that's not a bad looking species.

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  5. Your Palm looks quite lovely Mark, and the GC one does too, I like the segments.Will yours have two segments if you complete the disrobing ?

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    1. We'll probably continue with the full strip!

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  6. How are the segments achieved? Did they cut further into the trunk than you guys did? Or maybe not as far? I'm confused!

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    1. I think they didn't cut that deep on the thick segments and full strip in between them :)

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  7. Interesting. I think most of the trachys I've seen haven't been stripped. Is that why most of them look a bit moribund? The effect you're showing (both yours and the GC) makes them look much healthier, is it just a matter of taking off some of the fibres (and possibly some of the leaves a la crown lifting), so it looks neater/healthier?

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  8. Just read your 'Brazilian' link. It takes quite a bit of courage to do that, especially when the plant is quite an investment! *impressed face*

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    1. Thanks Michelle :) Eventually the trachy loses it's lower fibres and become barenaked trunked as in the wild and in older gardens. But they take their time for that to happen and usually they are so tall that all you see on ground level are just their trunks.

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  9. Yours looks good to me as is...but then I'm a lazy gardener.

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  10. That is very interesting! I like it! Would it be possible to do this to your plant, though you have treated it differently in the past?

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    1. Possible, perhaps on all of its growth onwards from now but only on the upper half now :)

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