How close can i plant seeds for germination?

Hazey_MattJanuary 10, 2013

Hello, Im about to try Germinate a bunch of Alexander Palm seeds and i'd just like to know how close together i can place them in the container so when they germinate theres no problems?
I've seen photos of containers pretty much covered with seeds all touching. not sure if i should do this or not.
i have the container and the medium all ready to go and the seeds are soaking.
So any advice would be great.

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ericthehurdler(NOR CAL 9a)

How many seeds are you planning on germinating?

i would place them at least 3 inches apart. I did a community pot for my alexandrae seedlings and anything under 3 inches the roots would get too intertwined.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 10:12PM
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Hazey_Matt

honestly i have no idea how many i have. quite a few lol
someone gave me a big batch of them. so ill space them out.
Thats the whole reason i asked because i was worried about the roots. Thanks for replying so quickly

    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 10:49PM
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ericthehurdler(NOR CAL 9a)

How many are you planning on actually planting? i would just germinate them all in a community pot and pick out the best looking healthiest seedlings for potting up/planting and compost or give away the rest. No use for hundreds of palm seedlings lol

    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 11:09PM
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eriktampabay

I used to plant palm seeds in individual cells and got horrible germination. Then I heard through the grapevine some species of palms like the seeds all clumped together this system worked as now I am getting great germination results.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2013 at 2:25PM
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eriktampabay

3 months later.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2013 at 2:28PM
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eriktampabay

Then after they sprout I dig them out and put them in individual cells to grow out.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2013 at 2:30PM
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Hazey_Matt

eriktampabay that looks awesome.
i have quite a few seeds soaking at the moment, Do you just sit them on top of the medium or slightly bury them?
The only success ive actually had is date palm seeds and they are all sprouting upward now. But it hasnt been that long so im still waiting on the other ive planted.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2013 at 10:31PM
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eriktampabay

I put soil over the top of them about a fingernail deep. Some palms take quite awhile to germinate. I put bottom heat at about 97F for some seeds.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 11:40AM
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Hazey_Matt

eriktampabay i pretty much did as you have done and after a week a lot of the seeds have all produced roots and theres more and more every day.
Thanks for the advice

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 10:20PM
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miketropic

I guess my heat mat just dosent get hot enough I have had some seeds in there since nov. no rot but not roots either

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 10:34PM
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Hazey_Matt

i did a little home made setup which is on a timer.
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/palms/msg122356336097.html?7
i just put a big sealable container in it for humidity and its working a treat.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 8:51AM
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Hazey_Matt

This is my progress after 1 month.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 4:52AM
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