Queen Palm Seed Germination

Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9bJuly 1, 2009

I have a vigorous grape vine that caused me to look up into a queen palm that it was trying to climb up into, and I saw seeds!!

I found seeds in 2 of my palms, and the gardners hacked them down for me.

Now, my big question is how do I get them to grow. I found this site: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/EP238 and am wondering if it's good advice. I read that queen palm seeds start easier if they are green.

One branch has 13 seeds the size of huge grapes. The other branch has hundreds of seeds much smaller. I have a feeling that the 13 seeds might be riper, and possibly the other branch has not ripened yet. Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated.

Thanks!

suzi

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zeeth

wait until the seeds are orange and feel soft, not hard. Pull and scrape off all the orange stuff until you get to the hard seed inside. It's hard to do, so your fingernails will hate you for a day or so. Soak the seeds in warm water for 3 days, changing the water daily. After that dry the seeds outside for a few hours and sterilize them with alcohol. Put them into a baggie full of moist (not wet) and sterilized sphagnum moss and perlite and put the baggie somewhere like your water heater where it'll get warm but not hot. It may take up to 6 month, but you should get a good germination rate. Pot these up when you see roots forming.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2009 at 8:09PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

Well, they've been soaking in daily changed water now for 3 days, and yesterday I noticed these long green things emerging from the part where they were connected to the branch. Hmmmmm Are these roots or leaves? Dilemma!

    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 8:38AM
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zeeth

If they come out of one of the 3 "eyes" near where they connected to the tree, they are leaves and ready to plant. If they come from somewhere else, they might be roots (I think they are leaves though) and they are also ready to plant. Congrats on your new queen palms!

    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 2:28PM
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