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Serenoa repens

Saw Palmetto

A low-growing, somewhat shrubby palm with at least two distinct forms: one silver/blue, usually found near the Atlantic coast, mainly in Florida, and one light green, covering huge areas in the undergrowth of pine forest and marshes further inland and in the north of its range in northern Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and the Carolinas, seeds of which are offered here. Serenoa is an attractive plant and is becoming more and more popular as a robust and reliable ornamental. Over the last few years there has also been enormous medical interest in this palm, as a prostate medicine is made from its fruits. Probably billions of fruits are annually collected from the wild for this purpose, making them more difficult to come by for horticulture.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Very easy after 2 mounths all sprouted, caution though squirrels and mice ate all but 2 out of 500+. They love these ones!!
Submitted on 09/09/2004 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I planted serenoa repens 1 - 2 inches deepin a well draining commercial soilless mix,containing vermiculite and perlite. (for canadians -sunshine mix #4) I kept the mix just moist at daytime temps at 85 -90 deg. F. and nightime temps around 75 deg. F. I left the shells on, so the seeds were more in a natural state. They started germinating in 3 weeks, and continued forserveral months.
Submitted on 30/08/2004 by Chris Wolfe wolfecbr@mail.ocis.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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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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