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Check out my 4 month old Mexican Fan palm seedlings

Posted by mcgyvr2009i Schenectady, NY 5b (My Page) on
Thu, Nov 22, 12 at 20:40

Hi. I have grown these mexican fan palm seedlings for about 4 months. I germinated them from seed. I was recommended these seeds from Banana Joe on facebook/youtube. You probably already know him, if not, Check him out! He has some good plant videos. Anyway, I planted some of these seeds and kept them on the pilot lights on my gas stove, during the hottest part of the summer and I found out that the seedlings sprouted in 1-2 weeks. It's very fast and very amazing! So, here we are 4 months later after a battle between my mexican palms and my cats, and they've been recovering pretty well recently:

Here's Mexican Fan Palm seedling 1
Mexican Fan Palm seedling 1 top view
It's impossible to see right now, but a third spear leaf is just starting to come up ^^
Here's another perspective:
Mexican Fan Palm seedling 1 side view
You can see that it kind of looks like a regular old grass plant
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Here's my 2nd seedling:
Mexican fan palm seedling 2 side view
This one is supposed to have 3 leaves but the very first leaf died... thanks to my cat's.
And now for the other perspective:
Mexican Fan Palm seedling 2 top view
This is the newest leaf.

They would probably be MUCH bigger, if the cats just left them alone. But you know how little fur balls like cats are, they LOVE plants. But any who, I just wanted to share these with you. And don't forget to check out Banana Joe's plant videos if you haven't heard of him.

Cheers!
A fellow gardner


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RE: Check out my 4 month old Mexican Fan palm seedlings

Thats some amazing growth. I to have a Mexican fan palm seedling and its about 5 months old. Its pulling out its first split leaf. Very exciting.


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RE: Check out my 4 month old Mexican Fan palm seedlings

When you say "first split leaf," are you saying that it's starting to fan?


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RE: Check out my 4 month old Mexican Fan palm seedlings

They look really healthy and have some nice growth on them! They should look beautiful in a few years!
As far as the split leaf thing is going it doesnt mean that it's starting to fan yet, but it's does mean that it's getting there! Most palms start with single leaves, then double, and then it starts to make more complex leaves afterward. My queen palm had about 3 single fronds, 3-4 double fronds, and then started to make mature adult fronds.
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RE: Check out my 4 month old Mexican Fan palm seedlings

.......And they speed up-I noticed while covering mine yesterday that it grew 4' this spring/summer/fall.

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RE: Check out my 4 month old Mexican Fan palm seedlings

Here's what im talking about


It may not look much of a split but its something.


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RE: Check out my 4 month old Mexican Fan palm seedlings

Wow! I can't wait until mine looks like that!


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RE: Check out my 4 month old Mexican Fan palm seedlings

your not far from it.


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RE: Check out my 4 month old Mexican Fan palm seedlings

Here's the most recent photos of my mexican fan palm:

Full Palm
Washingtonia Robusta (Mexican Fan Palm) Seedling

Top View
Washingtonia Robusta (Mexican Fan Palm) Seedling

Trunk/Stalk
Washingtonia Robusta (Mexican Fan Palm) Seedling

Back Leaf
Washingtonia Robusta (Mexican Fan Palm) Seedling

Spearleaf
Washingtonia Robusta (Mexican Fan Palm) Seedling

This one is about 9 months old.


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RE: Check out my 4 month old Mexican Fan palm seedlings

Mcgravy, I would put it in a larger pot and put it outside if you could, it'll explode with growth.


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RE: Check out my 4 month old Mexican Fan palm seedlings

That is amazing. Yours is looking a lot better then mine. Im Jealous.


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RE: Check out my 4 month old Mexican Fan palm seedlings

It'd be a lot better if my cat's would leave it alone. But that's not going to happen unless I keep it away from them. I think that it's amazing how it survived for this long. lol


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RE: Check out my 4 month old Mexican Fan palm seedlings

Those do grow fast! And I wouldn't worry about the cats having bothered them. These plants are very resilient. I'm constantly battling volunteer seedlings in my yard. The birds drop their seeds everywhere, and all all times of the year I'll find new seedling popping up out of every possible nook and cranny, among my flower beds, in my vegetable garden, and right up against the foundation of our house. I usually let them get to a certain size and then harvest the "palm hearts" for eating :) They taste just like asparagus and are so crunchy! Good luck!


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RE: Check out my 4 month old Mexican Fan palm seedlings

I found out that the newest leaf is split at the end. Does this mean that I'm not that far from seeing fronds on my Mexican Fan Palm? Here's a picture of it now:


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