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Sabal minor var. louisiana

Louisiana Palmetto

This dwarf palm is the smallest of the Sabal, and an important and popular species because of its legendary cold hardiness. In some places in its natural habitat it experiences extreme lows close to -20°C (-4°F). The Dwarf Palmetto is extremely adaptable and can be seen in cultivation all around the world, from as far north as Sweden all the way to the tropics, such as Singapore. Occurring naturally in the understorey of deciduous woodland in the southeastern United States, it can be quite a common component of the forest vegetation. In spring it produces long, upright inflorescences that rise well above the leaves and carry thousands of small, white flowers. The variety from Louisiana offered here is a particularly vigorous form with blue leaves, that will eventually form a short, above-ground trunk to 2 m (6 ft.) tall.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
15 seeds soaked 3 days in h20&liquid kelp. peatmoss&perlite commercial mix baggie method 10 seeds up in 8 weeks at 75f room temperature in a styrafoam cooler with no supplemental heat. Seedlings are vigourous as described.
Submitted on 29/10/2010 by anton philipp

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
This seeds germinated very fast with coco fiber
Submitted on 23/02/2008 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Var.louisiana has proven very easy and reliable for me with approxiamately 90% germination the first summer. A crop from 2003 are now 1" tall and putting on more foliage than I expected. I expect then to be 18" by the end of 2004. My seeds are from a 25 year old plant in stone Mt. Ga.
Submitted on 12/08/2004 by snakeman thegreenplantmarket@charter.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I soaked the seeds in tap water for three days, and after soaking I sowed them in Icelandic sphagnum moss mixed with perlite (50-50). The pots were placed on a dark spot at 50-60F(10-15C). It tooked the first seed 5weeks to come up!I received 80% germination rate, 7 out of 9
Submitted on 04/02/2004 by Jón Ágúst Erlingsson johnny13@torg.is

...very easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
50/50 play sand and peat moss and 1 gal. of water in 28 quart container.place seeds in a pan and pour steaming water on seeds (not boiling). treat with fungicide (I put some on a paper plate as roll the seeds around in the dry powder) place seeds in a rubbermaid container on top of the mix and press seeds down. Seal the lid store at 90 to 95 deg. F. Produces seedlings in 4 months, all at one time, about 80% germination. Seedlings form second set of leaves in three additional months. very strong healthy seedlings.
Submitted on 23/09/2003 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
The seeds germinated well and were sown in December when the heating is on. The seeds were soaked for 3 days and treated with a fungicide Then they were put in a mixture of cocopeat vermiculite and sand. The growing medium was heated in the microwave oven to make it sterile. Than the seeds were put in their pots and put in a seed box which was put on top of the radiator. The temperatures were during the day between 24 and 28 degrees Celsius and during the night between 12 and 18 degrees Celsius. From the 10 seeds I got 8 sprouted within 2 months.
Submitted on 13/07/2003 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Did best in cool environment with the baggy method. Sprouted in about three weeks with vigorous roots. Did not do as well in warm environment
Submitted on 17/02/2003 by robert smith rmsmith65nc@aol.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The seeds were soaked for 3 days, then planted in peat pots. They were then given bottom heat and kept moist, not wet. The first ones began to appear in less than 2 weeks, the last one just germinated a few days ago(almost 3 months later) and the rest have been discarded (only about 7 or 8 out of 80!!!!). Given bottom heat these palms are very easy and fast to germinate.
Submitted on 04/11/2002 by Paul Chafe p_chafe@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I sowed hundreds of fresh Sabal louisiana seeds on Jan. 20, 2002 and they are sprouting like gangbusters. I sow them in trays of Pro-Mix (Peat Perlite) that I have premoistened. In each flat I sow anywhere from 150-200 seeds. I have the trays in my greenhouse and bottom heat is provided for quicker germination. Keep the growing medium evenly moist. Within 6 months dozens of them are sprouting and when one leaf is developed I prick them out and transplant to single pots.
Submitted on 21/07/2002 by Joe bananajoe@saltspring.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I germinated this palm in about 3 months, at a temperature around 25C. However only about 20% of the seed grew. These seeds were collected in a private garden in Alabama.
Submitted on 01/08/2002 by Ian Barclay deus_vobiscum@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
from rarepalmseeds bought end of may 01.Three germinated within 4 weeks, no additional germination after.I stopped germination after 3 month.Pre-soaking one day, climate chamber @ 30°C, used Kokohum moist.Now -6month later- two leafs and a small height of 5 cmbut some of them are outside in a cold chamber 1-5 °C). I hopein next spring they will grow a little bit more. Even tolerant to high temperature and direct sun.
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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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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
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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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