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View Poll Results: Is it easy growing palm tree seeds?
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Old November 27th, 2010, 02:33 PM
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Default Crazy batch of palm seeds from realpalmtrees, I figure Im up to it!

I bought 8 packs of seeds including the Canary Island Date seed, the True Date Palm seed, Fiji fan palm, Christmas palm, peach palm seeds, flamethrower palm seeds, lipstick palm seeds, and the one and only kentia palm seeds. I read all the instructions and it almost feels like it is a generic type of instructions but Im assuming since they are all seeds maybe they all are germinated almost the same way. If any one has any tips for me about these palms for germinating them let me know. I am not going to to soak them til next week, so I have a week to get any responses. Thanks in advanced for your posts. Also after they germinate, should they all be grown in their own containers?

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Old November 28th, 2010, 03:25 PM
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Default Here is one way.

Start by soaking the seeds overnight. Get a Ziploc bag for each of the kinds of seeds. Most people say to use damp moss inside the bags, but personally used to use a really light soil (either palm or cactus soil). The reason I like the soil is because it already comes moist when you open a new bag and that moisture level is pretty close to perfect. When using moss you have to worry about it being too wet and you risk the seeds rotting. Put the soaked seeds in the bag with the soil and keep them warm. What you are shooting for is the seeds to stay around 90 degrees Fahrenheit, with a humidity level around 60-70 percent. Some people use a heating mat that is designed for pots, or you can also try keeping the bags in a warm location, like on your TV box or next to you water heater.

Germination time varies a lot. Canary Island Date palms can germinate as fast as 2 weeks, and the Lipstick palm can take up to a year. So watch the moisture levels in the bags and make sure they don't start to mold. The downfall to the baggies is that without circulation they can mold, so watch them. I have lost a few batches due to this. Now I use an incubator the keeps the heat, humidity, and circulation perfect.

Once your seeds sprout you can put them in a community pot until they get a little bigger. There is no need to give them each their own pot until they are a few inches tall.

Good luck, there are other options out there but I know this works from experience. Let me know if you ever have any additional questions.
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Old November 30th, 2010, 02:49 PM
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Default Thank you so much Jerod!

Okay so I have them in Ziplocked bacgs and picked up some damp soil mix from Miracle grow soil. I have them on top near the rear of my refrigerator. Its warm there. So I guess I am going to keep checking in on it until I get some germinating. Should I wait til they all germinate, what if some seeds aren't germinating yet?

Would the small germinated seed need oxygen or I mean carbon dioxide to live?
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Old November 30th, 2010, 03:01 PM
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Default Hey Vegas,

The Surf guy is right on the money. I have done it the same way, once they germinate, its as if all the other seeds know its time to germinate. They all start and end after two or three days. Then take them out and put them in damp soil in a pot, I use soda cans, since they dont go bad and I am always drinking soda anyways.
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Old November 30th, 2010, 06:39 PM
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Default Hahaha!

That's funny.. But ya, dead on...

They all will germinate around the same time. Wait a week or two and pot them in a community pot (or soda can). Put the bag and mix back on top of the fridge and wait a few more weeks; sometimes you will get a few straglers, but after a few more weeks they're all done.
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Old December 1st, 2010, 10:38 AM
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Default I have never grown any palm seeds

But after reading this forum, it doesnt seem to hard. I just dont know what type I like just yet to grow. I see that the Canary Island Date palm is very expensive, so I wonder if I grow those, is there money to be made? How long does it take for a canary island date palm to be sellable. I might make a business out of this idea. I bought 2 europeans and 2 windmills a couple of months ago and they are doing fine. One of them came with a pod of seeds growing from it, so I guess I can start growing some windmill palms.
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Default it takes a long time.

Canary Island Date palms are only expensive when they get large.

To give you an example, I have hundreds of Canary seedlings and am selling them for $2 each, not much money. If I were to wait a year or two they will be worth $5. It's not a living, but pays for te hobby. It just takes a long time and a lot of patients.

You really have to go for selling quanity, because by the time you wait for a palm to get large enough to make it worth someting, it has been years, and then you have to wait even more years to sell more. So I say sell them for less when they are small and sell as many as you can.
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Default Good luck!

I tried growing some palm seeds and I couldn't get them to sprout. I went with my children to Orlando to visit Disney and we came across some palms in the park as we sat I put some seeds it was dropping, in my pocket. When we got back from our vacation the seeds where still in my pocket and I tried everything to sprout them and nothing. My wife is a vegan and she sprouts beans and seeds to make vegan friendly meals and she said they were not good seeds. I think they were because they were straight from the tree.
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I tried growing some palm seeds and I couldn't get them to sprout. I went with my children to Orlando to visit Disney and we came across some palms in the park as we sat I put some seeds it was dropping, in my pocket. When we got back from our vacation the seeds where still in my pocket and I tried everything to sprout them and nothing. My wife is a vegan and she sprouts beans and seeds to make vegan friendly meals and she said they were not good seeds. I think they were because they were straight from the tree.
Disney has palm trees everywhere. My family did the same thing but they had some that grew but eventually died from probably bad care.
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I bought 8 packs of seeds including the Canary Island Date seed, the True Date Palm seed, Fiji fan palm, Christmas palm, peach palm seeds, flamethrower palm seeds, lipstick palm seeds, and the one and only kentia palm seeds. I read all the instructions and it almost feels like it is a generic type of instructions but Im assuming since they are all seeds maybe they all are germinated almost the same way. If any one has any tips for me about these palms for germinating them let me know. I am not going to to soak them til next week, so I have a week to get any responses. Thanks in advanced for your posts. Also after they germinate, should they all be grown in their own containers?

Also please vote! thx
Its been over a week, so do you have any updates on the seedlings? Some of those palms enjoy acidic soil more so than alkaline.
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