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Phoenix roebelenii

Pygmy Date Palm

Much loved and very popular, the Pygmy Date palm is in many ways the perfect miniature palm tree, complete with a slim trunk and a beautiful crown of feathery leaves. Its uses are many and varied: plant it in the warm temperate, tropical or subtropical garden, use it as the perfect house or conservatory plant, or use it as a potted palm on the terrace during the warm months of summer. tolerant of both over- and under-watering, it will even put up with quite a few degrees of frost when mature.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I have older palms in my yard that have fruits and seeds every year. Used a zip loc bag and new soil and then planted it in, Don't over water. In two week a sprout of a palm is in the bag.
Submitted on 13/01/2008 by one of our visitors

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Germination took 3 to 5 months. I planted approximately 40 seeds and 25 have germinated. They did germinate at different time but most of them sprouted in about a 2 week period. I planted some of them directly into the medium and planted others after soaking seeds in water for 24 hours, this did not seem to make a difference in germination.
Submitted on 06/03/2007 by Priscilla King pking923@aol.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
hello, i ordered some of these seeds from rarepalmseeds and they all germinated using the soak and bag method, now they are 3 years old and are beautiful, going on 2 1/2 ft. tall. i have them planted in crummy garden soil in a 2 gallon pot that is sandy and i fertilize them 1 time each season. i water them only when the soil is dry, then they get a good soaking in the well draining pots. they are outside now in full sun, spring summer and fall, and i bring them into the greenhouse during the winter. i live in s.w. oklahoma where the temps are 25f to 107f. these guys are easy to grow needing practically nothing to do well. be careful when they are young cause you can kill them by overloving. they are also attractive.
Submitted on 02/10/2005 by greg maurek Vegas1yeahbaby@aol.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
As do all palms, us the correct temperture needed to see results. This palm was easy to grow. The only thing I did was put it in a warm place, put the seeds in a sealed container with moist soil, and soon, the water will rain on the seeds so you won't have to water them. Just make sure you take the lid off the container once a week so the seeds can get fresh air.
Submitted on 08/03/2005 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
very east to germinate and needs up 1 month to sprout
Submitted on 13/01/2005 by mohammed abdulla matrooshi b_88888@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
10% germination after 3 weeks. 100 seeds placed in Ziplock bag with moist peat only and no soaking beforehand. Max day temp was 95F-105F and min night temp was 65F-75F.
Submitted on 11/08/2004 by Al Freeburne FreeburnesHoney@cs.com

...easy to germinate.
Seeds were started placed between damp paper towels which were then put into a ziplock bag. This was then placed into a cardboard box and suspended over a heat vent. First germination occurred in 25 days, then 27 days. At day 31 there are still 4 more that have not yet germinated.
Submitted on 09/04/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I had rubbed some liquid organic fungicide over the seeds (did not soak) and placed in a ziploc bag with nothing but damp peat moss. The bag was placed about ten inches away from a fifteen-watt lamp and left. The first seed germinated within three weeks, and all the rest (six total) followed within the next seven weeks. They are all growing very rapidly, although one has leaves that are corkscrewing in on themselves. Very odd!
Submitted on 19/01/2004 by Ryan Taylor raticuslaviticus@msn.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Reasonable success with this species. After being soaked for 2 days, 14 seeds were sealed in zip-bags in a pre-moistened mixture of 50% peat-based compost and 50% Vermiculite and kept at approx. 25 C. After 1 month, 4 seeds germinated and are still doing well, albeit growing quite slowly, after 1 year.
Submitted on 30/11/2003 by David Matzdorf davidmatzdorf@blueyonder.co.uk

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seeds of this species are easy and fast, some germinate in a month and most come up in 3 months, an occasional straggler comes up very late. Soak them distilled water for 48 hours prior to planting, and then put into a baggie or a plastic sandwich box with 50% perlite and 50% milled sphagnum moss (squeezing free water out of the mix). I keep them out of all sunlight, as for all palms seeds and mix need to be very clean. They have germinated just sitting on a table, but probably would be faster under warmer conditions.
Submitted on 28/12/2002 by Joe Shaw jshaw1953@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
In Phoenix, AZ, my father had a building with several pygmy date palms on a western exposure, sheltered by a small overhang. They fruited out one fall and I decided to try germinating some seeds. They were remarkably easy to germinate. I put the seeds in small pots with soil straight from the desert floor and they germinated within a couple weeks. They failed to stay alive, though, probably through either neglect in watering or overexposure or underexposure to the sun.
Submitted on 13/04/2002 by Wyatt Lines frailion@hotmail.com

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plant cultivation comments by our visitors
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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In Stockton CA in USA they need little care and grow normal.
I got bigger tree at home and have fruit that I can collect seed from it evey year. The seedling is grown in cup of soil with another date palmoutsude, is in a shade. It leaves are 3 inch long and for about a year.
Submitted on 09/11/2007 by one of our visitors

... are of high ornamental value
In London in England they need average care and grow slow.
I managed to kill my first P. roebelenii, purchased as a small pot plant, with a mixture of too much shade and too much water, leading to root rot. So I germinated 3 seeds 2 years ago and the seedlings are very healthy, albeit very slow-growing. They made pinnate leaves when only a few months old and are already very decorative, but are still only 200mm-300mm tall. I kept them indoors, potted into a soil-less compost mixed with 20% vermiculite, until last May, when I put them outdoors for the Summer, where they grew slowly and steadily. They have had very little fertiliser. I brought them indoors in early November.
Submitted on 19/11/2005 by David Matzdorf davidmatzdorf@blueyonder.co.uk

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

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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