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Sabal palmetto

Palmetto Palm

The Palmetto is the typical palm of the southeastern United States. From the avenues of grand old Charleston down to the shopping malls of Miami, this handsome tree is seen on every corner. Although it may not be as elegant as a Coconut or Royal palm, for temperate and subtropical areas with warm summers it really is the ultimate choice. Extremely resistant to heat, wind, cold, drought and neglect, it always keeps up a good shape.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
seeds germinated palmettes me within a month toI got fresh seed put it in a pan on the wet substrate and covered dish II put in a warm place temperature 30C
Submitted on 06/04/2013 by amel

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Germinated in sphagnum moss at room temp in about 2 weeks. Very easy plants
Submitted on 12/02/2010 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Grow seed in potted soil and for a week it have germinate. Love a lot of water and full sun.
Submitted on 06/12/2008 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy, grow them zip lock bag with paper tower. Aall 10 seeds have germinated.
Submitted on 28/09/2007 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I have had great success in the germination of Sabal palmetto seeds in Pennsylvania. In my experience, all they need is to be planted in a small amount of soil (about 3/4" deep), put in a sunny window, covered in plastic wrap (with ventilation holes), given about two to three months, and you have a palm tree! I currently have a number of healthy trees up to four years old.
Submitted on 19/09/2005 by Joe Orchulli II AroundTheSon@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
100 seeds soaked in warm water with 300 ppm Gibberlenic acid for 24 h.Seeded by 28°C ground temperature.Germination started within 2 weeks
Submitted on 25/03/2005 by Michael Nippgen VetMed-M.Nippgen@t-online.de

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
PLanted 50 of these seeds in June 2004, we have already had 30 grow up to 2 inches, 20 seem to have not grown , however been told to give them up to 12 months, very easy plams to grow i think.
Submitted on 30/12/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
I personally do not find this species to be slow to germinate as some say it is. I have sown seed collected aroung St. Augtustine, Fla. and have had them germinate with in2 months in moist rich soil. I approached 100% germination in one summer. They are slow however.
Submitted on 12/08/2004 by snakeman thegreenplantmarket@chareter.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
i planted 8 of these seeds in a glass jar half filled with 50% sand, 50% sphagnum moss. it was kept slightly damp in full sunlight. Inside the jar was about 90F in the daytime and very humid. Germinated in 3 weeks.
Submitted on 20/03/2004 by Anton CHuidian wutang8364@yahoo.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds were placed in water for 24 hours, then the soft black tissue was taken off, exposing the black shiny hard seed inside. Seeds germinated within one month using the baggy method with 50% perlite and 50% peat moss. The bags were place on top of the kitchen cabinets were the temps were 25C. Germination rate was almost 100%.
Submitted on 20/01/2004 by Wes Oliver woliver09@shaw.ca

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Gathered handfuls of seeds from a parking lot beneath the tree that had shed them many months before. Scattered on asphalt with cars running over them, full Florida sun baking them day after day, and no constant water supply; I soaked them a week, mixed them in a plastic tray with Miracle Grow soil and within a week, HUNDREDS of shoots came up. These things are RUGGED. Some looked to have been there for years.
Submitted on 09/12/2003 by Tom Cave tom@thomascave.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Patience is the key word when sprouting palms and Sabal palmetto is no exception. Sabal Palmetto are everywhere here in Savannah and they can be found sprouting along just about every fence line. Does ok in cool environment with baggy method. slow growing.
Submitted on 17/02/2003 by robert smith rmsmith65nc@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I have had great success (near 100 percent) by germinating these using the following method. Soak the seeds in warm tapwater for about 24 hours. Then place them in baggies of moistened coco-fibre. Place the baggies in a warm area. I use a room that stays about 75-80 F during the day and slightly lower at night. The first roots start emerging in about two weeks but it takes up to about 8 weeks for the rest to emerge. Once the roots are about 2 inches long, carefully transplant them into larger containers of a similar medium. About 2-3 weeks later the first shoots appear followed by the first leaf.
Submitted on 08/01/2003 by Clint cjk10@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Seeds will germinate at different speeds according to the manor in which you try them. Seeds planted in pots with no bottom heat will germinate in 3 to 4 months. Seeds placed in vermiculite bags will germinate at a much faster rate (Usually in under a month depending on freshness). Optimal temperatures seem to be right around 30 celsius with bottom heat. Can be sporadic and unpredictable.
Submitted on 03/03/2003 by Paul Chafe p_chafe@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Easy, I had success with and without bottom heat.
Submitted on 23/12/2002 by Van vandringar@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I used the baggie method with moist seed start mix. I had 100 seeds in the baggie with 90 germinating within a month. These were transplanted with leaflet appearing about 1 month later. No bottom heat was used, just the ambient air temperature in the house.
Submitted on 18/06/2002 by Mark Bebee mmebb@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
This palm is variable and different forms will take different lengths of time to sprout. Temperatures around 25C are ideal. They are generally easy and have no special requirements.
Submitted on 01/08/2002 by Ian Barclay deus_vobiscum@hotmail.com

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In Augusta, Georgia in USA they need average care and grow normal.
Sabal palmetto is very easy to grow in the Southeastern USA. They will take full sun even at an early age, growing well in sandy or light clay soils They are drought tolerant after establishment, but grow faster with adequate moisture. They need high night temperatures (above 65F) in the summer, so would not be a great palm for an area with cool summers. They will show potassium/magnesium deficiency in leached, sandy soils and will have to be properly fertilized for that condition. The only common pest is scale. Dormant oil sprays and imidocloprid treatment in the summer will keep it under control. S. palmetto is very tolerant of beach conditions with salt spray and high winds.
Submitted on 12/12/2012 by Joseph Le Vert

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Bradenton, Fl in USA they need very little care and grow slow.
A great Florida native when grown properly. Many maintenance people trim them to the "hurricane cut" which actually makes them more susceptible to hurricanes. These need to be left alone to grow their best!
Submitted on 12/02/2010 by one of our visitors

... are of high ornamental value
In Central Florida in USA they need very little care and grow slow.
While this palm grows slowly it is almost bulletproof except to extreme cold. Takes up a lot of space the first few years as it takes a while for it to begin trunking but is very pretty during this stage as it is easily trimmed and has large leaves at ground level.
Submitted on 31/07/2008 by one of our visitors

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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
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

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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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