I recently acquired four Adonidia merrillii seeds, and five Leucothrinax morrisii seeds. I have NEVER tried to grow palms from seed before, but have always wanted to try it. I confirmed that they are viable using the "float test", and now I am attempting the "ziploc bag" technique; the Adonidia seeds are each in their own baggie, and all five Leucothrinax seeds are in the same bag. The soil they're in is a mixture of a pearlite-based mix and the Miracle-gro "Cactus Palm, and Citrus" soil (I also grow cacti and citrus). I added some water to each, and they are now under a heating pad in a tray. I am using a thermometer to monitor their temp, and they have been sitting at around 80-90 degrees since they were placed there.
Given that I have never grown palms from seed before, I am open to any suggestions or recommendations as to what I can expect or should do. I know that palms can take time to germinate, so I am hoping to see results by the end of the month, or at least before the end of winter (I am in NE Ohio, zone 6b, so it's cold outside right now). The Adonidias were planted on the 1st, and the Leucothrinax were planted on the 6th.
Again, any recommendations or tips are greatly appreciated. Thank you.
My year-old Pritchardia pacifica seedling died out last week, spear pull and all, I don’t know why, but tropicals are always fussy for me. But I pulled it out of its pot this afternoon and this was the result:
I later dumped the remainder of the soil out of the pot to reuse it and (to my surprise) the seed + a ridiculously strong tap root appeared with a peculiar white offshoot.
Here it is after I potted it back up, you can see the rotted section next to it:
I’ve had a Sabal minor stall out and die to the ground before coming back months later, but the new growth was out of the original growing point. I’ve never seen this before. You’d think the year+ old seed would’ve used all of its energy by now, but I guess there’s still gas in the tank. I hope it makes it through the winter.
This Sabal minor seedling has seemed to be in a slow decline for a long time now. First the spear turned brown and it stayed that way for like four months. In that time I have repotted it three times with different soil, watered it a lot less than when the spear first turned brown, and gave it lots of light. It just won't grow. The spear seemed to move up a few centimeters at one point, but that is all. Just today I noticed one of the strap leaves starting to shrivel up, which is something that I have seen in Sabal palmetto seedlings that I dug out of the ground in South Carolina due to transplant shock, although it has been more than a month since the last time I repotted it. All of the other Sabal minor seedlings I have are doing completely fine given the same conditions, they have the exact same soil, light, and get the same amount of water. Does anyone know what I could possibly do? Right now the only thing I have done was pour a tiny amount of 3% hydrogen peroxide down the spear every week or two to hopefully prevent more rot. I really don't want to lose this palm. In the picture, it is the palm in the very middle. Just watered, I gave it a little.
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