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Need advice on how to sow old seeds


Alexstudent

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 Hello. I am a beginner when it comes to palm trees. I have a problem that I need help with. I have bought many seeds of bungalow, and some other Australian palms from queensland 10-11 months ago. Haven't had the chance to sow them last year because I moved to another place. Now I finally have time to sow them. I kept them in the cellar with temperatures around 17 degrees. I have checked embryos on seeds, looks like they are still alive. I want to get as many sprouts as possible and wonder if there is any method that can stimulate old seeds to germinate? I have read that some people put old seeds in bleach solution to awaken embryos. Can you give me some advice? Thanks in advance.

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I would just soak them in water.  The ones that sink to the bottom are probably still good.  But you can still plant the others.

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Likely wayyy tooo long and they be no good now. 3-4 month max on most palms, often 3-4 weeks on some. 

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17 hours ago, KrisKupsch said:

Likely wayyy tooo long and they be no good now. 3-4 month max on most palms, often 3-4 weeks on some. 

Maybe, but remember a date palm, "Methuselah" was sprouted by Dr Elaine Solowey, from a 2000 year old date seed. 😬

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18 hours ago, KrisKupsch said:

Likely wayyy tooo long and they be no good now. 3-4 month max on most palms, often 3-4 weeks on some. 

not true, mine dypsis seeds did germinate after 18 month 😃

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You won't find out if they are viable until you try to germinate them. I don't know how long Archonotophoenix seeds stay viable but suggest you don't waste more time wondering what to do with them.

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Archontophoenix has the reputation for a very short viability period,  and quick germination off the tree.

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