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James Robert

, My very first time grow palms from seed. 40  days ago planted 35 sabal palmetto seeds in 3 different pots.

Covered tops with plastic wrap, made sure they were watered. 

They were in my garage here in Greenville SC.  Now I'm not sure what to do. I took the plastic wrap off, and found 15 have came up,some 1.5 to 2". Some still breaking dirt.Do I leave plastic off. Do I need to give light now, they been in the dark. Do I put outside. Need all the info.

I'm excited 

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James Robert

I thought perhaps I posted in wrong section. Guess not. 

Anyway, I did wait till temperature was the same outside as garbage,  and its is very cloudy today, so they should aclamimate ok. With temperature not going below 60 degrees, will start taking them out for a few hrs every day, bringing them in at night. The forecast in the coming days, its going to be in the 80s.

Thanks again. 

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PalmatierMeg

I suggest you leave them outside in full sun until temps drop below freezing. Sabals are tough palms that don't need to be coddled - unless you really want to do so.

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James Robert

Thanks, that's what I  was thinking, but not sure. Will keep them outside tomorrow. 

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JLM

This makes me wonder, should i leave my little seedlings outside in the cold or bring them in? Probably going to leave them outside, but then again i dont want to risk freezing the roots.

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Fusca
11 hours ago, JLM said:

This makes me wonder, should i leave my little seedlings outside in the cold or bring them in? Probably going to leave them outside, but then again i dont want to risk freezing the roots.

I've left Sabal (and other cold-hardy) seedlings outside on a covered patio up against a wall during a night with 20°F overnight low and experienced no damage.  Probably 10 hours total below freezing.

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RaleighNC
16 hours ago, JLM said:

This makes me wonder, should i leave my little seedlings outside in the cold or bring them in? Probably going to leave them outside, but then again i dont want to risk freezing the roots.

A good option is to sink the pot in the ground and not have to worry about it. If a really cold forecast comes, you can pull it up and take indoors. But if you want to maximize growth,  I would grow them indoors under lights or a sunny window.  They will gain size more quickly if you can give them the warmth and light to keep them actively producing leaves during the winter.  They will still be slow,  but grow much faster than those that are outdoors all winter. 

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JLM
3 hours ago, RaleighNC said:

A good option is to sink the pot in the ground and not have to worry about it. If a really cold forecast comes, you can pull it up and take indoors. But if you want to maximize growth,  I would grow them indoors under lights or a sunny window.  They will gain size more quickly if you can give them the warmth and light to keep them actively producing leaves during the winter.  They will still be slow,  but grow much faster than those that are outdoors all winter. 

I will see if i can set it up inside so they keep growing. This would be good for my foxtail and my coconut which hopefully will germinate soon aswell.

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