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Serenoa repens (Silver)

Silver Saw Palmetto

A smallish, somewhat shrubby palm with at least two distinct forms. One, offered here, is a fabulous silver blue. This form is usually found near the Atlantic coast, mainly in Florida, and is quite rare now due to housing and agriculture development. The other form is light green, and covers 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. The silver Serenoa is a highly desirable dwarf palm that is becoming more and more popular as a robust, reliable, and extremely cold hardy ornamental.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I received 100 seeds from RPS. 50 seed were soaked and 50 was directly sow into the Zip lock with lignocel(cocconut soil). Temperature was 28°C. There is no different between soaked and directly sowing seeds. The seedling growth is slow but steadily.The seedlings are hardy to wet or dry.
Submitted on 04/02/2013 by Ladislav Sikola

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I can say how I sow the seeds of my serenoa repens I have in my collection. When the coat of the seeds become completely black that´s the moment when I sow them. I separate them from the rachillae and introduce them directly in little holes I make in a normal soil. I cover them and all the seeds germinate, I say all of them. The soil must be kept humid, never dry. Juvenile leaves division occur better if the little palms will be planted one by one after two years´germination. The success will be 100% sure. I do this in a huge greenhouse not heated, it means, very hot in summer and between 8 ºC- 12 ºC in winter. I plant the seeds just now at the end of November. I did it just today.
Submitted on 27/11/2010 by Dr. C.A.Ucha

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Fourteen seeds, received from RPS, were sowed in common soil at the end of January 2009, after two days soaking. The seeds were sowed in a plastic container and placed over the heater (not in direct contact with it, but over a book to avoid over heating). Container was covered to keep damp and after six weeks (15th of March) two leaves were already emerging from the soil. I waited one more month and no other seed was sprouting, so I decided to move the two seedlings to larger pots for their future growth. During this operation I found one seed with a small sinker and I placed it. The others (that still seemed to be good) were kept into the germinating container. I waited for the third seed sprouting for about two months, until I decided to check what was going on and discovered that it seemed to be still good but there was no more sign of the sinker. Analyzing it better I noticed that there was a little depression where the embryo was before; maybe the sinker rotted due to different temperature conditions after the transplant, but maybe the same happened to all other seeds, because at a later check I noticed the same lost of the embryo for all of them. In doubt I leaved the seeds into the germination container, but they rotted completely. Now, after 6 months there are two plants starting their third leaf.
Submitted on 23/10/2009 by Francesco Ricci

... are average to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I planted 1000 seeds December 21 into two coolers, each with a light bulb strung in for heat. The first cooler remained balanced out at a temperature of around 88F, the second at about 80F. After 7 weeks 60/500 are emerging from the 88F cooler and 3/500 from the 80F cooler. I expect many more to emerge over the coming weeks.
Submitted on 09/02/2007 by Ryan Johnson johrj141@bus.oregonstate.edu

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I purchased 2,000 seeds in early january and dispersed them into 8, 1gal size ziplock bags with dampened peat moss. After about 3 weeks, I was put to work. Its now august and i have just over 900 palms growing in 1 gallon containers with a minimum of two leaves. It became difficult to keep up for a while.
Submitted on 07/08/2006 by h. thomas guidroz jr. hthomasguidroz@bellsouth.net

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked the seeds for three days. Gave them a Captan bath for a few minutes then placed them into a ziplock bag of 50/50 peat perlite. Stored at about 80F and the first roots emerged in a few weeks.
Submitted on 20/02/2005 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Received 10 seeds from Rare Palm Seeds on 4 Jan 04. Soaked in water for 2 days, then placed in small peat planters and kept at constant 30C. 5 had roots and leaf emerging from 3 to 4 weeks. No more have germinated and it is now 3 months later. Was hard to keep constant moisture in peat planters. I germinate only in plastic zip lock bags now with peat moss and very little water. It is now the end of April 04 and 4 good palms are outside with a 3rd leaf. One is in my office with 2 leaves.
Submitted on 27/04/2004 by John DeVeaux jd@s2ki.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
very easy to germinate first nick the seeds with a sharp knife on the seeds side then place in moist compost cover with a little plastic bag and keep at temp 8 out of 10 seeds germinated in 3 weeks from sowing
Submitted on 25/04/2003 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

2nd edition
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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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