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Fruit on Sabal minor heading into fall

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This summer I finally got two of my Sabal minors putting out fruit. All the seeds have firmed up but are still green and aren't fully ripe. Unfortunately we are in fall and while we haven't had a frost yet it won't be long. Will they ripen when we reach low temps and if not if I remove them and let them dry will they still be viable for propagation?

 

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They should still ripen.  They usually get ripe by the end of November and will likely be viable unless you get one of those insane arctic blasts.  Even then, some have had luck with stratified seeds, so you can't rule out viability after a deep freeze either.

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Like kinzyjr said, they still should be viable. Some of their native habitats already got frost. They will ripen soon, make sure you do not pick them too early, let them get fully black first. Do you have a picture of the full plant? 

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I'm very familiar with Mid-Atlantic weather and I seriously doubt you will get cold enough weather to damage those seeds before at least mid-winter and maybe not even then. S. minor is a tough palm. Seeds will turn black when ripe. Good work. Welcome to PalmTalk

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Here are photos of the two palms. They were planted in 2007 as bare root palms I got from Chilly Palm in SC. They were protected the first two winters just with a frame with burlap to break the wind but since 2009 they have been bullet proof!

Thanks for all the great info...these are the first of my palms to get seeds.

 

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What do you plan on doing with the seeds? If you dont mind me asking...

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They're viable now.Cut the stalks & put them in a paper bag for a couple weeks. Easier to clean that way.

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