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Trachycarpus latisectus

Windamere Palm

This recently-found and now officially described palm is surely one of the most exciting new discoveries for temperate area palm enthusiasts. It has large, robust, nearly circular, fan-shaped leaves like a Livistona. It sheds them naturally, leaving a smooth, slender trunk. It grows fast and easily and withstands snow and heavy frosts, coming, as it does, from high altitudes up to 2400m (8000ft), but it is equally suitable for sub-tropical climates. It certainly is a most talked-about palm.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy to germinate. I place in plastic container filled with peat moss & lip secured tightly. Opened & sprayed with warm water once a week. After 4-5 weeks 80% germination. Toby keep up the good work supplying the best most fertile seed on the market.
Submitted on 17/06/2013 by Gareth Sparg

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soaked the seeds in water for 3 days, changed daily (early January 2011). Sowed seeds in a mix of seedling mix/cactus mix in an old margarine container, and placed on top of kitchen cupboards (for extra warmth). I checked sporadically for activity, and about 3 weeks later they all had a bulb of a root forming. 2 months later (March 2011) 7 of 10 seeds had 2-3" taproots and 2 with spears coming up. Transplanted individually into 6" deep smaller disposable glasses (with holes punched in the bottom) until they are big enough for a regular pot. Very impressive, better germination than any Trachycarpus I've ever tried.
Submitted on 07/03/2011 by Adam Polak

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
My method was the same just like other palms, put in warm water for 3 days and then sown in containers, I prepared a mixture of sand-perlite-peat moss and then I put them in my greenhouse, filtered sun is needed..
Submitted on 11/03/2008 by NICKOLAS NICKOLAS7@CYTANET.COM.CY

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
November in Rijeka, Croatia (zone 9) is not the best time for germination so I made a germination box from an old commode by placing a lightbulb inside for the 6 species I had, but Trachycarpus Latisectus needs only about 23 C so it was outside the box on top. Seeds were soaked for 4 days prior and put in sphagnum soil/sand 1/1 mix inside plastic boxes and kept moist. First sprouts came after 3 weeks.
Submitted on 07/11/2007 by Marin seamar5@yahoo.com

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I got seed off ground in Stockton Park and went back home to grow some of these seed, first I germinated them in a zip lock bag. For 3 week root showed about 8 cm long. I moved them to a 3 gallon pot. Nice palm.
Submitted on 17/02/2007 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I soaked 10 seeds i the water for two days and placed them in a good mixture in my greenhouse, at 18-28°C. 8 weeks laters 9 seeds are germinated. Good freshness!
Submitted on 04/08/2005 by Guillaume Chomicki-Bayada willy89@wanadoo.fr

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Germinates very quickly at room temperature. Do not clean the seeds very hard. Seeds with soft embryo cap are usually not viable.
Submitted on 22/04/2003 by Marian Kubes maros@ltc.sk

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
robust eophyll! easy to germinate in spagnum moss/bag. growing out well(no losses). don't expect 2nd leaf for some time, but we'll see.
Submitted on 12/06/2003 by john voss waver1@earthlink.net

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seeds were soaked in water for 2 days at room temperature.Place in zip lock bag with 1/3 sans 1/3 peat and 1/3 perlite. just keep moist and treat with anti fungus.first germination appear after 2 month.be carefull with the taproot wich is very long and fragile.If fresh seeds results can reach 90 %.
Submitted on 06/05/2003 by Philippe C. trachycarpus@swing.be

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked seeds for 12 hours in water and then placed them in plastic zip lock bags with sterilized peat moss-removed air from bags as good as possible. Left them at room temperature(72F) on shelf and in twelve days half of them had sprouted. Note: Seeds that I treated with various fungicides and treated as above failed to germinate.
Submitted on 12/04/2003 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
a pleasure to germinate. had over 90%germination. actually started in flats in june in the southeast u.s., but after germination, seedlings do not appear to grow at all until the next year. then the typical growth pattern of trachycarpus takes over. growth vastly excelerates thereafter.
Submitted on 30/11/2002 by glenn farrar middle_earthn@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Just put the seeds in moist soil at about 30 degrees C. That's all !
Submitted on 27/12/2002 by Nicq bsblm@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
90% of my seeds bought here sent out roots within 2 months. I placed about 100 seeds in a bag of moist perlite 50% and vermiculite 50% and put them in a cool cupboard at room temperature. They sent out their first spears at the same time as some T. fortuneis which were sown two weeks before them. The T. latisectus seedlings seem more vigourous than the T. fortuneis. Both species were planted into 17cm deep pots and placed under a 600 watt HID light.
Submitted on 21/12/2002 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
This palm germinates well at temperatures around 20C. This species and T. martianus have a substantial taproot and must be handled carefully when transplanting. However T. latisectus seedlings are, in my experience, easier and more vigorous than T. martianus.
Submitted on 01/08/2002 by Ian Barclay deus_vobiscum@hotmail.com

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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.
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