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Phoenix sylvestris (Round Seed)

From northern India comes this selection of the Silver Date Palm. The big, rounded seeds will produce a quick growing, robust seedling, and eventually a thick trunked, large, and stately tree with a full crown of magnificent, silvery grayish, plumose leaves. The Silver Date Palm takes considerable exposure to frost, and is the only large Phoenix that will grow in climates with hot, humid summers, and even in tropical climates, without being attacked by fungus.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Immediately after receiving, seeds were put in a glass of water during 48 hours. Water was changed every 12 hours or more frequently. They were sowed in a mix of peat moss, perlite and a little bit of cactus soil. Some of the seeds had roots visible before 2 weeks. Today, 1 month and a half later, I got a 3 inches tall palm. Other seeds have roots only. Germination success rate is approximately 40%.
Submitted on 04/11/2002 by Efrain Alberto Flores floresta93@hotmail.com

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

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Toa Alta in Puerto Rico they need little care and grow fast.
I wrote about germination of this seed back in 2002. Now the palm trunk is about 6 or 7 feet tall and growing up. The crown has a beautiful light green color, but spikes in leaves are big and dangerous. Soil was really poor, so it was necessary to provide fertilizers during the first two years. My selection was citrus tablets (8-4-8-4), supplemented with potassium spikes from lutzcorp. com. My concern now is that the seeds do not grow properly to maturity. The palm is producing seeds since the last year, but they fall premature. Do you guys know what can be done to fix this?
Submitted on 05/08/2008 by Alberto Flores

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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.

We recommend:
The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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Suitable for: all

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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