Thanks for the listing of coastal plants that do well in the area, which has been a recent project of mine. (The problem with taking my neighbors' lead is that some of those plots are beginning to look more like the Carolinas than the beautiful Sonoran desert / sea.)Found this via Google. http://www.thompson-morgan.com/plants-for-coastal-gardens
Plants for coastal gardens
Have a look at your neighbour’s gardens too and see what grows well for them! We’ve listed some of the best coastal garden plants below.
I think that is the plant that has caught my attention lately, as well. Beautiful. But I read that they can be finicky -- early on, at least -- when it comes to the right balance of watering.What about Plumeria's? I think I have seen some around town. They will give you some height, I saw some that were easily 30-40 feet tall in Mulege on the Baja.
On the Pacific Coast they are as far as Bahia de Kino and Santa Rosalia on the Sea of Cortez/Gulf of California. There may be some in Puerto Peñasco/Stoney Point as well. There are two 20'+ trees in Palm Desert near Palm Springs CA.On the Gulf of Mexico coast there are coconuts from about Corpus Christi south They are doing well in the Rio Grand Valley around Brownsville.
I have two plumerias growing in Phoenix that were my daughters 5th grade science experiment 15 years ago. In my experience Plemerias need protection from the frost and a lot of water.What about Plumeria's? I think I have seen some around town. They will give you some height, I saw some that were easily 30-40 feet tall in Mulege on the Baja.
like that! I plan on taking my paddleboard back here and snoop around for plant life unusual this spring...about a mile south of the spit...Back to the Coco Palm issue........
PP is way too hot, way too cold and way too dry for Coco Palms as they are tropical plants. The biggest issue when attempting to grow anything close to the beach in PP is SALT. Most desert plants just can't take it, a few just love it and some can put up with it....to a point. A short list of salt tolerant types are: California Fan Palms, Date Palms, Honey Mesquite, Athel Tamarisk and the Senita Cactus. Those were the traditional plants around seaside settlements up and down the Gulf of California since the mission days.
I saw Coco Palms in five gallon pots for sale here at the Yuma Home Depot last week. They are actually quite easy to grow when conditions are right. It's just a simple matter of finding sprouting Coconuts on the beach and barely covering them with dirt. One of those three dents at the top of the Coconut will sprout out a big root and the first leaf then it's ready to rock. Someone in SoCal musta figgered it out and is cultivating them in a greenhouse. Just like Avocado trees also sold at Lowe's and the Depot it's a hopeless quest here in el desierto.
Of course there are isolated cases where the tropical stuff is making it. Across the street from my home here in Yuma I can see a twenty foot Plumeria, and a few blocks away someone has managed to grow a thirty foot Mango tree that actually produces fruit. I have a spectacular specimen of the Senita Cactus in my yard. I brought it home from the Bahia Kino area about thirty years ago as a ten inch tall rooted joint. It barely grew two feet in ten years until I started dumping my salt water aquarium water on it when I changed the water. It is now eighteen feet tall with about fifty branches, makes a thousand flowers every summer that are pollinated by nectar feeding bats then makes several hundred juicy red fruits that are in turn eaten by fruit eating bats, Mocking Birds, Gila Woodpeckers and Whitewing Doves.
Bill, I want to find a date palm 3M tall. any idea where, or if one that big can be transplanted?I have been a landscape contractor in Phoenix to Casa Grande for the last thirty years and I learned not to tell any one that something will not grow in their location.
I you decide to try it I would dig a large hole and re fill it with a mix of dirt sand and horse manure prior to planting. Plant as large as you are willing to lose as bigger is better.
I would plant in early spring and provide a light shade for the first year at least.
This is the most important thing. In my thinking automatic watering is a must. Trust no one !
You can use a drip system but I would use bubblers and a large watering basin. I would water about every three days for as long as it takes to keep the basin full for 20 min or so.
Use your eyes to tell if the leafs look fine to judge. Also until they get started and you feel confident in your settings, dig down about 18 in. from the trunk and 24 in deep to check moisture.
When we plant Date palms they are planted in a base of sand with drop tubes to allow the water to deep water .
I hope this helps and if you do it keep me informed .
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