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After seeing and reading what @NOT A TA, about his experimenting with germinating Royal Palm, posted some nice pics of the seedlings and a cross section of a pot showing the roots. Some were sun germinated and some shade grown, being as I live in N.Y.S. the idea of shade grown caught my eye. I wrote to him and asked if he would consider selling me a few shade grown.  Well long story short, he agreed and also told me that he had some that he thought were much nicer than the ones in the pics, that he had utilized a different shade technique for germination. So, for just a few dollars and shipping, I received 16 very nice seedlings today via usps. I wanted to post pics before potting them but as soon as I had seen them and their great root system,I just wanted to get them potted. (3 days in a box was long enough) They were ready to stretch their legs, it went great. I know some people are against growing palms in clusters, especially royal palms, but for me 1). its easier, I have a lot of plants in the house throughout the winter. 2). these palms will remain potted throughout their life span, so when they do reach up to 7-8 ft, instead of looking odd with only a few fronds on them they will be much fuller giving an even more unique look to them. Of course no matter what I do grow I always maintain at least 1 or 2 singles.

Right now they are in 6" pots, so they can continue to grow out more roots through the winter under 9000 lumens led integrated light tubes, in more or less a terrarium type of atmosphere, being kept warm and good air circulation.  As I said I cluster, there are 5 in 3 of the pots and of course the single as well, by spring they will be ready to be bumped up.  

I do regret not taking pictures of the roots, but due to excitement(?) I just wanted to get them potted up and ready for their long future as potted trees, to be put on display eventually wherever they go when they outgrow their space here, but I'm sure that will be some time yet. 

Three cheers to @NOT A TA on these beautiful little giants.




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Jim in Los Altos

Good luck with those Mark. Royals are fairly easy growers provided they are kept warm and moist. I only have one in my garden (Roystonea borinquena) now at about 7 feet tall. In my climate, it grows just two to three new leaves per year despite being in a 10a zone but not a lot of heat here. 

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That was the last shipment that went out before USPS closed up for Dorian. They had the shutters down and just one door open. Said everything folks dropped off would go out before the storm arrived, little did they know Dorian was going to sit on top of the Bahamas! I'll get some root pics for ya!


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