I have been using promix hp and adding more perlite as my main potting mix. A couple problems I am running into are that when dry, its so light weight that a small gust of wind knocks them over and if not watered enough, the soil locks up and doesn't allow good water saturation throughout all the roots.
I've heard that adding silica sand into the mix can help with both problems I am dealing with...
Does anyone use silica sand in their mix? If so, any suggestions on where to bulk purchase?
Any other ideas?
Thanks so much!!
I'm going to be receiving a lot of different palm seeds in the next month and am going to set up a seed/seedling area.
What's everyone use as their seed starting area? Greenhouse?
I'd love to have a climate controlled area for the seeds/seedlings so I can enjoy all year long. Located in Central Florida (9a-9b).
I'm going to be setting this up at the property, where my wife and I have started creating our nursery.
I'm open ears on whats worked for everyone.
I really should mark my pots when starting seeds. These are something I already own so not going to be a big surprise what they might be, I was thinking maybe kentiopsis oliviformis but when I googled them I really don't think they are. So palm gurus what are these guys.
I found a method that works well when wanting to remove just a bit of moisture from your bag when using the baggy method to germinate your palm seeds. If you ever think that you have just a little too much moisture, you can take a small portable fan and put it on low, pointing it at the open baggy. Leave it on for about 15 - 30 minutes. I have used this before and it works.
By Cindy Adair
Always a lovely sight to see a pot chock full of germinated palms! I have now potted up less than a fourth of them.
However when I looked for white wax pencil on the pot or a plastic tag noting the name I find nothing.
Then I recall a day last June when I had the flu. I drug myself out of bed in a fog and put some precious seeds I had been soaking in a pot, but could just not summon the strength for a label.
I believe they are either a Ceroxylon sp. or Calyptronoma rivalis.
As you can see, I have many of these and really want to name them! Thanks so much!