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Phoenix sylvestris

Silver Date Palm

A large, fast growing, and very ornamental species which is actually quite rare in cultivation. As with so many species of Phoenix, many plants lurking in botanic gardens or collections under this name are actually hybrids with little resemblance to the true Silver Date Palm, or, even worse, are simply misnamed P. canariensis. Its tall trunk is much more slender than P. canariensis and its very full and dense crown has elegantly recurving, greyish, plumose leaves. It is as easy to grow as any Phoenix and will adapt to temperate as well as to tropical conditions. Our seeds come directly from India and are guaranteed to be true to name.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
After I recieved my seeds. I put them in a moist paper towel and sealed them in a plastic bag. After 2 days 7 out of 10 have already germinated.
Submitted on 13/10/2013 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
If you need to grow sylvestris or indeed any Phoenix, I grow them all commercially, I've found the easyest way of growing them in large quantities, without suffering the remote rooting problems is to do as follows: Fill one seed-tray to the brim with sand and place it on a sand hot-bed at anywhere between 20°C and 35°C, it makes little difference! Then place a second seed-tray, filled to the brim with well-draining compost on top of the first tray of sand. Scatter your seeds on top of the compost, I really place a lot, no compost is visible. Then cover with plastic. I usually throw a little compost on top of the seeds to stop them drying out too much, but if you spray them every day there is no need. The seeds need to be on top because they will send a radicle down through the compost, out through the bottom of the seed-tray and down into the sand of the first tray before sending up a shoot. They may, if left too long go down through the bottom tray too and into the hot-bed, but by doing it this way, when it's time to transplant you can lift the top tray off and easily pull out the roots without damaging them.
Submitted on 31/05/2003 by Phil Markey phil@trebrown.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
No problem in cool environments with the baggy method. Five out of five seeds sprouted in less than two weeks. Did not do as well in a warm environment. Zero out of five in two weeks. Once sprouted had very robust roots in no time.
Submitted on 17/02/2003 by robert smith rmsmith65nc@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked seeds in water for 48 hours then placed in plastic baggie with a mix of peat and perlite. Temperature was always between 75 to 85 degrees. 6 out of the 10 seeds I received germinated in 2 weeks. The others are still in the baggie. All in all, these are very easy to germinate and the seeds I got here from Rarepalmseeds were very fresh.
Submitted on 16/01/2003 by Darren Saul dawg65@satx.rr.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
WOW!!! This one really shockes me: soaked for 4 days and put in cocohum, 4 out of 6 seeds germinated within 5 (!!!) days!!!
Submitted on 07/04/2003 by Tana Gottwald black-flame@web.de

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soak for a day or two in fresh water which is changed twice daily. The seeds are put into vermiculite and kept at about 30C (88F). They are quite large seeds for a Phoenix and must be watched closely as when they sprout growth is fast. Must be placed in deep pot otherwise seed will be lifted above the soil level. Expect 100% germination within 2 months and no problems with the seedlings.
Submitted by Adam St.Clair stclair2@bigpond.com

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In Queen Creek, AZ in USA they need little care and grow fast.
Planted small seedling in ground in Phoenix, AZ region at the beginning of summer. On drip irrigation 1-2 times a week depending on temps. Did not do much for 2 months but has been growing like a weed for the last 2 months. Noticeably larger every day. Only about a foot tall but is putting out it's first set of feathered leaves versus grasslike leaves. Very pleased with this palm. I put minimal care into this palm and it is doing tremendously.
Submitted on 18/09/2007 by j hamilton quitsteppingonmytail@cox.net

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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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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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