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Jucara palm died quickly

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Linton starts with ...
This Jucara palm I bought from you did not survive very long here in Melbourne. I thought it should be sufficiently cold tolerant to survive here in a protected spot so perhaps there was another reason it died. Please advise. Thank you.
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Linton
NOBLE PARK,3174,VIC
24th November 2019 7:50pm
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Linton

I think what killed your Jucara palm is the Melbourne winter weather. This palm came from an area where it rarely goes below 10c and it ever gets below 10c it warms up pretty quickly unlike here in Melbourne where the cold weather pesters for long period of time. It might survive if you used a grow light inside your house to keep it warm during winter. Another theory is the timing of its arrival in Melbourne. If it came close to winter where there is no time for the plant to acclimatize to the harsh unfamiliar weather of Melbourne. Mid spring is a better time to plant frost sensitive species to give them ample time to adjust to the new environment.
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Markmelb says...
I agree - i got 2 plants earlier this year that Died before springs end - a Lucs Garcinia and a Mountain Soursop - babied inside thru winter alongside unfazed Seedling soursops - wont purchase leading into winter ever again - my Lucs i got 2y earlier in December is happy and growing very well in a root pruner bag. I was hoping to get mature Lucs wood for the seedling now have to start again ):
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Linton says...
I too had the Lucs garcinia die over Winter even though it was kept under cover, so I believe your reasoning to be correct. But I also think that the Lucs variety is less cold tolerant than other garcinia species and not really suited to growing in the open here.

Would be interested to hear if anyone has successfully grown Lucs garcinia outdoors in Melbourne over winter. I think it's unlikely and it's probably only suited to growing in greenhouse conditions down here. Please let me know. Thank you.
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19th December 2019 9:02pm
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Markmelb says...
Mundu survives without much assistance in a reasonable micro climate but is Darn Slow
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denise1 says...
Perhaps you can grow the Garcinia xanthochymus outdoors and then graft Lucs onto it later on. Try a warm protected thicket where frost doesnt reach. I have seen G.x. growing Ok in semishade.
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Rob19 says...
Hi Linton,

I have a handful of Luc's garcinia that I grew from seed in Melbourne. They all live outside is pots and seem relatively unphased by the cold (I think I've had them a couple of years now). I don't baby them at all beyond giving them a nice easterly aspect.

If they grew any slower they would invert and go back into the seed... but at least the cold isn't killing them.
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