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Sabal uresana

Sonora Palmetto

A big and beautiful Sabal, impressive because of the silver blue color of its fan leaves. While it is locally common in the wild in the Sonora desert of Mexico, it is little used in cultivation both inside and outside that country, which is a great shame. The seeds germinate easily and quickly, growth is reasonably fast, and the plants are very adaptable to a wide range of climates and can even take severe frost. There is really no reason why this stunning palm should not be a more common sight in future years.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I left the seeds in water for about 10 days at 20°C, most of them sprouted in the water!
Submitted on 19/02/2009 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaking for 2 days and using the bag method, they just pops like popcorn when placed in a hot spot indore. My seedlings from last year made it fine through the Danish winter in an unheatet greenhouse, meaning that they took minus 7 C. Thats good for the first winter
Submitted on 03/05/2008 by Jesper Thorup

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I purchased 100 seed and sowed them in a 7 gallon community pot. I used a 50/50 mix of soil conditioner to perlite as the medium. They germinated 100% in 3-4 weeks. After 2 months I transplanted them into individual pots with only 4 out the 100 planted dieing after transplanting. I highly recommend Rare Palm seed stocked seeds for they are fresh.
Submitted on 06/12/2007 by Jim Rodgers NearlyNativeNursery@hotmail.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I purchased 100 seed from RPS and soaked for 2 days, I then sowed them in a 7 gallon pots outside that contained 60% organic (pine bark) and 40% perlite and with regular watering I achieved great success, Near 89% during the first warm month of spring.
Submitted on 19/04/2007 by Jim Rodgers NearlyNativeNursery@hotmail.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Extremely easy to germinate! I recieved 12 seeds, and I promptly soaked them for 24 hrs. The seeds were then placed into a clear plastic tub filled with moist seed mix(a common brand). Tub was then placed into an incubator set at 28°c. Seeds began germinating in 10 days.
Submitted on 28/01/2007 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked in water for 5 day's at 30°C,all 20 germinated in the water!Seeds are very fresh Thank You!
Submitted on 19/10/2006 by Eddy Eddy.Loots@telenet.be

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
put in warm water for 5 days(between 30°C and 40°C put them on heatingkettel) refresh every day the water,germination after 5 days
Submitted on 10/10/2006 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate.
This species has been one of the easiest to germinate, and most Sabals are easy. Most germinated within a month, but I saved the rest that didn't(about 20 of 140 seeds), and the following winter put them on a heat mat and most of them have germinated. In garden tests in the SE US it has been the third most hardy Sabal species behind S.minor, and another Sabal species of unknown heritage, and the silver form is supposed to be more hardy than the green. From observing my little seedlings the silver ones seem to "damp off" less easily, and most of my green ones died over the winter in an unheated green house at zone 7b-8a. I'm pretty sure the silver ones are from higher elevations.
Submitted on 13/05/2006 by Kyle kylewhitney2003@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Used baggy method with moist seed starting mix. Kept at about 82 degrees F. First seed germinated in about 1 week. Planted in 1 gallon container immediately in regular potting soil. Less than one month seedling has emerged and is doing well. 100% germination within 1 month.
Submitted on 27/09/2005 by J Hamilton quitsteppingonmytail@juno.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Found easy to germinate with near 100% germination after 2-3 mounths. Casulties only from squirrels. I am pleased with their rate of germination!
Submitted on 09/09/2004 by Joseph Charland joe_7796@cox.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked seeds in fresh warm water for 7 days then placed in baggy with damp cocopeat. Sprayed with neem oil and placed on computer monitor. Of the three seeds two sprouted within 7 days, an still waiting on the third. Seeds must be fresh! Subsequent growth is very slow and have been waiting on the first leaf for a month now.
Submitted on 19/07/2004 by Cheri Wilson CAWilson05@aol.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
plastic bag, moist potting mixture and all ten germinated
Submitted on 05/07/2004 by Gerin Choiniere segerin@earthlink.net

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In Queen Creek, AZ in USA they need very little care and grow normal.
Planted 2 in ground in Queen Creek, AZ in May as small seedlings. One has done very well putting out several new leaves this summer although none are yet palmate. Other one appeared to have died so just forgot about it but about a month later noticed small leaf emerging from where I had planted it. Very hot summer this year (36 days over 110 degrees) but this palm was unfazed. Watered with drip irrigation 1-2 times a week to soak soil thoroughly. Growth is slow initially but it has been speeding up as plant matures. I also have 2 in pots (black pots) on patio in full afternoon sun. I water these a little more often but are also doing fine. Even though they are less than a foot tall and none have palmate leaves they all have very nice blue color. Very pleased with this palm.
Submitted on 18/09/2007 by j hamilton quitsteppingonmytail@cox.net

... are of high ornamental value
In Near Las Vegas, NV in USA they need little care and grow slow.
Germinated 6 of 10 seeds in mid winter and kept indoors for first winter. Spent entire following summer, with temps over 100 F, outside and unprotected in a black plastic container, in potting soil for cactus. Then the following winter unprotected with night time temps very commonly under 32 F, in the pot. They stayed green and healthy the whole time, and are all around 1ft. tall. I have always made sure they never dried out. It's April 5th and just put them in the ground. Pahrump, NV (89048) Weather Facts. On average, the warmest month is July. The highest recorded temperature was 115°F in 1972. December is the average coolest month. The lowest recorded temperature was -2°F in 1990. The maximum average precipitation occurs in February. The lowest precipitation occurs in June. Average high in July is 100 F, in December is 58 F. Average low in December is 26 F, in July is 67 F
Submitted on 07/04/2007 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
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