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Old August 19th, 2008, 06:55 PM
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Default Tryng to germinate Windmill palm(Trachycarpus fortunei)

I'm trying to germinate some Trachycarpus fortunei seeds but I cant find anything really online of any tips or suggestions... any help?
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Old August 21st, 2008, 04:29 PM
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Smile Maybe this could help...

Soak the seeds for 24 hours (sometimes longer for very hard-coated seeds). Change the water several times during this period. Keep the soaking seeds in a warm place such as a kitchen or airing cupboard.

Clean the seeds. Get rid of any flesh or hairs (if possible) adhering to them. Fungus is a big problem with some germinating palm seeds. Although you can treat them with fungicides, these are not always particularly efficient. Fungus loves the flesh of seeds, so clean it off!

Place the seeds in a sterile medium which is only barely moist. The biggest problems I had when I started growing palms were due to the fact that the germinating medium was too wet. This grew lots of mould, but not many palms. These days, I use a 1 pint measure - about 550ml - of vermiculite (available from garden centres), moistened with 30ml - about two tablespoons - of water. The resulting vermiculite should feel quite dry to the touch. Nevertheless, don't be tempted to add more water. I have germinated seeds in as little at 10ml of water to 1 pint of vermiculite.

Seal the seeds in an airtight container - such as a plastic sandwich box (recommended) or a plastic bag.

Place it in a warm-to-hot position, say above the hot-water tank. Temperatures of 90 degrees Fahrenheit (about 32 C) are ideal.

Inspect the seeds daily. If the seeds are fresh (a big if!), you may find that many species germinate in as little as one or two weeks, in spite of the fact that the books tell you they are likely to take 2 or 3 months!

When a root appears, carefully put the seeds into well-drained compost (e.g. 50/50 standard potting compost and coarse grit), and keep warm until the shoot appears. When the shoot appears place the palm in a warm, light place. If your room temperature is fairly cool, be very careful not to over-water as the roots of some palms (even the humble date palm) will rot if the compost is kept wet when the palms are not actively growing.
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Old August 24th, 2008, 04:06 PM
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Thumbs up HEy shilo any tips on germinating a Carpentaria Palm seed

Tips??? You seem very knowledgeable!
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Old August 24th, 2008, 09:22 PM
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Cool also,

Seed of many tropical trees and plants benefit from soaking in warm water overnight. A fungicidal dip is often beneficial before sowing in soil. For hard shelled seed try a Hot Water Treatment:
Place seeds in a teacup and pour at least 4-5 times their volume of boiling water on them and leave to cool. Let soak for 12-24 hours. Often gives erratic results, but is good for many kinds, especially legumes, and when scarification is not convenient. If a large percentage are still not swollen after 24 hours soak, the unswollen can be scalded again. Do not scald more than twice.

shilo isn't the only one with tips

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Default Hows it going Shiloh

the temperature is starting to drop up here.. i just started the fall garden process for my plants and trees.
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now its lawn maintenance... im using a new fertilizer i picked up from Home Depot.
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Default Tryng to germinate Windmill palm(Trachycarpus fortunei)

Tryng to germinate Windmill palm(Trachycarpus fortunei) how did it go?did they germinate?
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Fill a bowl with warm water, add the seeds, and allow them to soak for about three days. Change the water on a daily basis. Soaking the seeds increases their chance of germinating, and may speed up the germination process. Hope I could help
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