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Germinating old Brahea seeds in less than 2 weeks?
it has been quite some time I posted something on Palmtalk, but now I am back and happy to see so much progress in your gardens!
Now the story:
In 2014 I received some Brahea sp. seeds from Phoenikakias, I tried them few times, but they didn't sprout and as the time passed I stopped trying and forgot that I still have some left. I rediscovered them them this April and got an idea to try "removing the lid" as I've read in topic posted by Cypalms and John in Andalucia (links bellow). And it really worked!
I removed pulp residue by sandpaper, soaked seeds for 2 minutes in 70% ethanol, then few more minutes in diluted bleach and placed in previously boiled distilled water for 2 days.
After soaking them for 2 days, I removed the area (operculum) above the embryo by scalpel to expose it. I tried to stay sterile as much as possible, to prevent bacteria/fungus contamination.
I placed prepared seeds in coco peat (also boiled for some time) so the embryos were a bit above the surface and placed them in incubator with constant temperature 30°C (86 F).
6 days later the embryo started to grow out:
Yesterday and today:
It really surprised me that even almost 4 years old seed of slow germinating species such as Brahea can sprout in less than two weeks using this technique, I encourage you to try it too!
I will try some other species such as Butia and see the results. I'll keep you updated!
John in Andalucia:
Parajubaea torallyi v. torallyi seeds wanted! (Bolivian Mountain Coconut)
Hi palm growers,
I'm looking for some Parajubaea torallyi v. torallyi (Bolivian Mountain Coconut) seed. If anybody has any i would love to buy some. I live in Melbourne, Australia.
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