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Jul 9, 2012 4:04 AM CST
|On the Barbados Horticultural Society display at this years Chelsea Flower Show were these clearly labeled Cocos nucifera, they appear to be fruits! I know it is the coconut palm and we get coconuts in the UK, and indeed in some places like Kew gardens they grow, plus in many homes as houseplants as well. We do get green coconuts for sale as well to eat, but they are from India. Normal brown coconuts are common here, but yellow ones with bits sticking out! Are they just ripening or something else?|
Here they are on the Barbados beach at Chelsea.
Jul 9, 2012 5:23 AM CST
|I have these in my yard here in Florida, it is a Golden Malayan. They yellow like a banana when they are at peek ripeness as the ones you have here. It is also known as a dwarf palm and it resist the lethal yellowing virus that kills many coconut trees in Florida and other places around the world. So it is just the variety of palm all others are the more traditional green. When you take the husk off the Golden Malayan it is brown and looks like other coconuts. Hope this helps |
Jul 9, 2012 6:34 AM CST
|Dear Robert, that is of fantastic help! Thank you so much. They are not very common in the UK, although undoubtedly someone grows some in a Botanic garden. It just confused me as to why they were on the Barbados display, but obviously they grow them there if they can resist the said virus.|
Do they originate from Malaya or is that a cultivar name?
Many thanks again from a cold and rain swept England.
p.s. Do these grow in Florida?
Jul 9, 2012 6:57 AM CST
The above site is stock full of cool information and I just read that there is an even better cultivar at fighting lethal yellowing.
In the 1950's here in my area of Florida, the Gulf Coast, city streets and beaches where full of coconut palms until the lethal yellowing came through and wiped them out.
Wow!! They are gorgeous! I've never seen them here. Looks like you have a great Flower Show there!
Jul 9, 2012 7:16 AM CST
|Dear Robert, look out for my Articles on the Chelsea Flower Show & Hampton Court Flower Show! There are a lot on here and I am just doing part one of this years Chelsea, with the information you have just provided if that is OK?|
Hampton Court Palace which I went to last week is the biggest Flower Show in the world, but Chelsea id the most famous. All run by the Royal Horticultural Society.
The picture is of lupins, but you call them lupines. My friend and ATP and Cubits member lives in Florida and misses plants like this as she came down from up north where they grow.
It is too hot in Florida for these!
Thanks again from a still raining England.
The Thailand stand at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Jul 9, 2012 6:22 PM CST
|Oh cool and good luck with your articles, I will keep an eye out for them...|
Lupins! what an inviting name....