So last year I got some Franken Brahea seeds (among other seeds) courtesy of Dooms Dave. In March 2018 I used the baggie germination method and the Chamaedorea radicalis came right up. The others didn’t, not surprising, some things take longer to germinate.
In May/June of 2018 we moved into a different house and I took the bags and bottom-heating pad and got them set up in the basement of the new place. Well, life takes hold of you and we’re living out of boxes for weeks while getting things set up while still trying to work, take care of kids etc. and my bags full of palm seeds did not get adequate attention. Even within the bags, the soil dried out and I didn’t notice until they were all bone dry....bone dry. I’ve ruined seeds before by letting them dry up so I knew I had blown it. I’m too busy to mess with it so I left them and turned off the bottom heat.
Imagine my surprise when in July 2018 (that’s 16 months after placing them in the bag and probably nearly a year after they dried up) I see palm sprouts galore inside the bag, one even pierced the bag, the rest were bent over at the top of the sealed bag!
I can’t believe it, I’m lucky I noticed them, they could have died from lack of light, let alone water. They are all now safely potted up. Needless to say, after the miracle I quickly went and re-hydrated the remaining bags of seeds, who knows. Might get lucky again.
So, I’ve had this Mediterranean fan palm for about 15 months now. As you can see, there are 3 major trunks and 2 smaller trunks at the bottom. All the trunks with the exception of the smallest major trunk have been thriving. This specific trunk still grows new fronds but over the past 9 months, the newest fronds start dying from the tips of the leaves and slowly down towards the crown. They are also droopy. The older fronds don’t seem to be as effected. I’ve had to prune the completely dead ones. As you can see in the pics, they start out very green and healthy. So, why just this one trunk and what is causing it? I’m in Dallas TX.
Here are some of the remedies I’ve already tried:
1. Fungicide. - I’ve been spraying a cooper fungicide into and around the crown about every month.
2. Insecticide- Sprayed for bugs with a palm safe treatment.
3. Winterized. This has been happening before winter but, I wrapped the trunk and leaves anyway. Winter wasn’t that bad either here in Dallas.
4. They get plenty of water, but not over watering.
5. They get palm fertilizer twice a year.
Seeking advice from you professionals as I’m a newbie to palms. Thanks in advance.
Does anyone germinate seeds in a germination box (like a little box with a heat light inside)? If you do, does it work well with palms? I might make a little one and try it.
So I have been reading things about people soaking palm seeds in small amounts of bleach and water for a minute or two to prevent them from getting mold while germinating. My question is, when you soak them in the bleach and water solution, do you rinse them with water right after, or do you put them straight into the medium? I have looked for the answer to this and could not find it.
So I am giving a new seed germination method a try. I have a bunch of Sabal minor seeds and I had a few little plastic bowls that had soup in them. I am using the containers to try and germinate the Sabal minor seeds. I filled them up with moist orchid moss and simply scattered the Sabal monor seeds on top and closed the lid and set it on a heat pad. I just opened it up to see how warm it is inside, the orchid moss is just warm, not hot, but warm. I have germinated Sabal minor seeds before at room tempature so I do not believe the tempature will be an issue. Anyway, here it is. I hope it works. Anyone else do this?