Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Moving A Small Palm Tree While Wearing A GoPro Camera On Your Head
I did get this baby planted closer to the house, in a sunnier spot. Hopefully he will thrive in a better location.
Pindo Palms first caught my eye about 15 years ago, when I noticed kids outside of my classroom throwing chunks of brick.
My first thought was, "The revolution has begun! Must hide!"
Of course, this was pre-Twitter, pre-Facebook, and pre-Cellphone, so I was wrong about that.
It wasn't a popular uprising.
It turns out the kids tossing bricks were just trying to knock down the ripening orange fruit of the pindo palm that stood outside my class.
Every time a brick struck the fruit bearing frond above, the kids would scramble for the dropping fruits, while avoiding the descending brick.
It was a case of gravity providing both sustenance and an adrenaline rush.
After the kids had their fill, I went out and tossed the brick chunk myself to gather a few fruits.
They tasted like loquats to me and as I chewed, I thought about the primeval scene I had just witnessed ... and then participated in.
... Primates tossing rocks at fruit bearing trees to gain food.
How many millions of years had scenes like that played out ... and here I was, a primate in Wrangler jeans and a Polo shirt recreating what might have been man's first use of a tool.
I kept the seeds from those fruits and planted them at home, where they sprouted and grew into pretty nice palms. They are not native, but are cold hardy like our native sabal palms, so Pindos are a good choice for Nawth Florida.
Just be sure that where you plant yours is where you mean for it to stay, so you don't wind up wrestling one like I did.