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Nannorrhops arabica (Silver)

Silver Mazari Palm

Over the past few years, this blue/silver leaved Nannorrhops from S-Pakistan and Iran has proved to be one of the most valuable additions to the range of cold hardy palms. It will thrive in the tropics as well as in temperate areas, with good drainage even in wetter regions, and with ample heat it is easy to germinate and, surprisingly enough, VERY FAST growing, producing thick, blue/silver, sometimes almost white, leathery fan-shaped leaves. In winter, if kept dry, it will resist temperatures as low as about -10°C. Scientifically we feel that this plant is too different to belong within N. ritchiana, it is unclear however which name (N. naudiniana, N. stocksiana, N. arabica) to apply to it as of yet. This should be an excellent and colourful plant for large-scale production.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soak 3 days in warm water to which a few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide is added. Use a germinating mat under the water bowl to keep seeds warm. Then press 2/3 into seed starter soil mix in a tall styrofoam coffee cup (make a drain hole), and mist with warm water. Cover with an inverted clear plastic drinking cup to keep seed from drying out. Mist daily with warm water. I live in Canada and put all the seed pots on the floor, near wood stove. The stove warms the floor, so the seed pots easily stay warm. Achieved 70% germination in about 5 weeks. One of the easiest seeds I've ever germinated.
Submitted on 03/02/2013 by Barb M.

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Ordered 10 (14) seeds from RPS, put them in warm water for 24hrs and then put them in a sandy compost mix inside a take away food container and in the full sun at maximum 38c. After about 10days I noticed 1seed has germinated but when I checked closer 8 has actually germinated. I put them individually in small container with a compost, sandy cocodust mix. In less than 1 month 12 out of 14 seeds has sprouted already. The 1st one to sprout has already showing the 2nd set of silvery/whitish leaf. Just in time for the rainy season..... Shall I put them under the full rain and sun, thats the question now!!!
Submitted on 10/06/2010 by Joel de Sena

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds were pre-soaked in relatively warm water (26-28C) for 3 days. Planted in small pots with 1 part of garden soil and 1 part of sand. First seeds germinated after less than 3 weeks, 80% (12 of 15 seeds) germinated after 5 weeks. Fast growth, very nice silver leafs.
Submitted on 18/07/2008 by Andriy

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
These seeds will only really go if they are firstly in a sand mix, subject to sun for only part of the day and are fresh. In terms of the sand, a mix of 30% of sand and 70% of high-nutrient sterilised soil is a must if there is to be any success in germination. Watered every morning to get a moist start to the day, they flourish quickly under an opaque/white plastic canopy providing some cover from a sub-tropical sun. Provided they get 5 hours of sun a day ie in the morning until midday - they will grow quickly, needing 30C-35C conditions and hot air environment on top to keep them warm as the day wears on and after the sun has passed. I first bought a pack of seeds and didn't use a cover or sand and got zero growth. The only result was rotting and death by famished white wormlike larvae. This time, the larvae don't stand a chance in the hot conditions and the seeds germinate too quickly, plus the pot is dry by the start of the next day. I was really hesitant about buying the same seeds again for the second time after a pathetic effort the first time, but I realised that the only way of ever getting these seeds to flourish is to best imitate the conditions of their native environment. Well worth the wait.
Submitted on 09/08/2007 by Anthony adovkants@hotmail.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
This species suprised me with its ease of germination. I prepared a bed in the Piedmont region of Georgia, USA where we have mostly red clay. I amended the red clay with generous amounts of soil conditioner, ( broken down pine bark), and sowed the seeds in the November 04. They were left to our winter cold and rain all winter. Here the temps can get as low as 4 degrees F. but, average lows are approximately 24 degrees F. with plenty of rain. I thought that it might be too wet but, 100% of them germinated in april of 05. Conditions where damp but, well drained and cool.
Submitted on 23/05/2006 by Jim Rodgers NearlyNativeNursery@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
hello again, just a quick update as to how my silver mazari's are doing. yes i can say they are all still growing. they are about a foot tall from my previous post 2 years ago and i repotted them all this summer and to my surprise they really do like bigger pots ( lots of new leaves this summer ) in two gallon pots now. i live in s.w. oklahoma and left them outside on the south side of the house where the temps. here range from 27 to 107 farenheit. they get part shade a few hours a day. i try to keep the soil moist but on several occasions they have dried out, these are tough rascals and i hope they will grow alot faster now that the roots have some room to grow as they were too root bound in the little half gallon pots i had them in. good luck with yours.
Submitted on 02/10/2005 by greg maurek Vegas1yeahbaby@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I am experimenting with all three versions of this palm. So far the results for the two silver versions has been identical. Fresh seeds were soaked for three days in warm water, changing the water every 12 hours. They were then placed in a baggie of general potting soil/moss mix. The soil should be moist but not wet. The baggie will hold the moisture in for a long time. The seeds were then put in front of my south facing window were they were subjected to extreme heat from the summer sun. Temperatures in the baggie up to and over 100 deg. F during the daytime hours. These plants seem to like the heat. First signs of germination in about 4 weeks. The roots grow very fast and grow deep. First shoots up about a week later.
Submitted on 01/07/2005 by Brian bdmalmgren@prodigy.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Sowed at 30c in bag with compost and sand mix. First ones germinated after 3 weeks, up to 80% germination after 6 weeks. Wait until there is both root and growing tip before tranferring to pots and you will get quicker subsequent growth.
Submitted on 26/03/2005 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I sowed 1,000 Nannorrhops (Silver) in late May 2003. I placed all of the seeds in zip lock baggies with damp Pro-MIx HP. This is a peat based medium with lots of perlite. All bags were placed in my glass greenhouse. By mid August many of the seeds were sprouting. In early Sept. I had transplanted quite a few of the seedlings to small pots. The temps. in my greenhouse are approx. 25 celcius or more each day in the warmer months. This species definately likes the heat to sprout. I was quite impressed with their performance.
Submitted on 14/10/2003 by Joe Clemente bananajoe@saltspring.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
hello folks, i ordered some of these seeds and took a hacksaw blade and cut the side of the seeds 1/16th of an inch and just deep enough so that i could feel the cut with my fingernail. i then placed the seeds in a clear plastic cup of warm water in the sunshine to keep the water warm, i added just a tad of fungicide and let them soak for a full day, then changed the water with clean and soaked them for another two days in the sunshine to keep water warm. i placed the seeds into a ziplock sandwich baggie with a hand full of wet miracle grow plant mix that i had squeezed with my fist untill only a few drops of water were left. i placed the baggie in the shade, tempratures at night are 70's and in the daytime 90's. its july 14 and i placed the seeds in the baggie one month ago, every once and a while i would open the baggie and give them a couple squirts of water to keep moist. bingo ! they all sprouted at once and in no time the roots were one inch long. i am amazed at how fast the roots grow in that baggie. its time to plant ! good luck folks. P.S. i live in southwest oklahoma
Submitted on 14/07/2003 by greg Vegas1yeahbaby@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy to germinate these seeds. Do the normal pre soak for 48-72 hours, then plant them in vermiculite bags and store at 30 celsius or so. The first ones germinated for me in about 1 week, with the last at around 1 month. I've heard reports of stubborn batches (old?) that will not germinate for upwards of 1 year.
Submitted on 07/03/2003 by Paul Chafe p_chafe@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seeds were pre-soaked in water for 7 days.Were sown in peat moss placed in clear sandwich boxwith tight lid. Temperature - ranging from 27 to 32 d.C. The moss was kept all the time just slightlymoist by touch. First seed germinated after just a week from the start,four seeds have been germinated sporadically over period of three months.One seed after three months rotted. Four remaining seeds appear now good and may in fact germinate in future.Seedlings growth is very fast and strong, fist leaf has already got silver color.
Submitted on 15/11/2002 by Sergei Leonov serileonov@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Sown following the classic way suggested in the Germination Instruction, I have put a ziplock bag in a very hot place and germination has occured quite fast. But some sprouting have rot, because the peat I used probably wasn't very sterile. Final rate of survival has been 60%
Submitted by Angelo Porcelli angelopalm69@inwind.it

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Warm water (40°C) soak for some (3, 5) days, then, sow in humid compost at 25-30, cover with glass ; can sprout after 10-15 days, then, transplant in small pots after the first leaf has developped.Easy and rewarding to sow !
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Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

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