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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:
Syagrus x costae ? ID assistance
I had the pleasure of visiting a fantastic palm garden in Brownsville, Texas (zone 10a) a year ago for a PSST meeting. There was a nice looking Syagrus dropping fruit at the time and I collected a few of them to germinate. There was no sign next to the palm and when the owner gave a tour, I asked him specifically about the palm and he only acknowledged that it was some Syagrus hybrid. I did a little research to try and identify it and believe that it is Syagrus x costae based on the appearance of the fruit and the commonness of the hybrid. (I am not good at identifying minor differences between species!) I'm posting a photo of the tree (I apologize for the poor quality as it was difficult to photograph among so many others) as well as a photo of the fruit.
Trachycarpus & Their Hybrids
What is the difference between trachycarpus fortunei x wagnerianus and trachycarpus wagnerianus x fortunei?
Wodyetia X Veitchia AKA Foxy Lady Seeds
Anyone has or know where I can get Wodyetia X Veitchia hybrid seeds ?
Please let me know.
Show us your Brahea
The title says it all! Let's see those braheas!
I'll start off with these baby B. pimo, which a this stage could be confused for Washingtonia.