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Jtee

So I have some sabal seeds germinating and a few of the windmill palm seeds have germinated also I just noticed. 
 I don’t have a greenhouse or plant lights. What should I do with them at this stage? 
should I plant them up into small pots and put them outside to grow? 
lows are in the 50’s and 60’s for the remainder of the forcast( next two nights will be in 40’s)

thanks for any input. This is my first time ever growing anything from seed. 

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OC2Texaspalmlvr

Great job !!! Nothing needs to be done now , you can wait for the others to sprout. Then you can put them out in a shaded or filtered light area to grow on there own. No need to repot now. 

T J 

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Fusca
51 minutes ago, Jtee said:

thanks for any input. This is my first time ever growing anything from seed. 

I've used those peat discs before germinating palm seeds but no more.  If you plan on keeping them in pots for awhile be very careful because the peat can dry up really fast outdoors and is very difficult to rewet.  Sabals are pretty tough but you don't want to lose them before they get a chance to get going.

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Jtee
52 minutes ago, Fusca said:

I've used those peat discs before germinating palm seeds but no more.  If you plan on keeping them in pots for awhile be very careful because the peat can dry up really fast outdoors and is very difficult to rewet.  Sabals are pretty tough but you don't want to lose them before they get a chance to get going.

I’d prefer to put them in the ground ASAP. But not sure if I can put them in the ground at such a young age and if they’ll take to their new environment easily. I’m thinking they should seeing how they grow naturally about an hour and a half away from me. 

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PalmatierMeg

I suggest you put them outside and let them grow a bit larger. But if you decide to plant them, bear in mind the vast majority of them may die. In the wild the survival rate of freshly germinated seedlings is almost nil. If it wasn't palm trees would cover the land.

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PricklyPearSATC
2 hours ago, PalmatierMeg said:

In the wild the survival rate of freshly germinated seedlings is almost nil. If it wasn't palm trees would cover the land.

Are you saying they survival rate is higher if they are surrounded by other palms?

I see lots of sabal seedlings at Taco Cabana popping up out of the ground.  They seem to do fine.  The sabals are a monoculture there. 

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PalmatierMeg

No, I meant that if you stuck 100 germinated seeds in the ground, the vast majority would not survive to adulthood. But if you grew 100 germinated seeds in pots for a year or two, the survival rate would improve greatly. Most Sabals seed prolifically to insure reproductive success. It's a numbers game for them. 

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Manalto
1 hour ago, PalmatierMeg said:

No, I meant that if you stuck 100 germinated seeds in the ground, the vast majority would not survive to adulthood. But if you grew 100 germinated seeds in pots for a year or two, the survival rate would improve greatly. Most Sabals seed prolifically to insure reproductive success. It's a numbers game for them. 

 That's why nurseries usually start their plants in pots, even if they're going to grow them on in the field. It's an investment in time, energy and materials. 

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