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Phoenix dactylifera

Phoenix dactylifera

Commercially important as the producer of dates, Phoenix dactylifera is extremely variable with hundreds of named cultivars, which are propagated by suckers or increasingly in vitro. It is also widely used as an ornamental. Taller, thinner, and with spikier, bluish leaves than its popular cousin from the Canary Islands, it is a handsome tree. Its adaptability to a wide range of climates, excellent resistance to drought, salt spray, brackish water, and various pests, and its general robustness make it the palm of choice for dry climates, temperate as well as tropical. The seeds we offer here come from the famous date groves of Morocco, and even though these seeds are intended for ornamental use, the quality of the fruit from the resulting plants should be very interesting.

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If the seeds appear dry, soak them in warm water for 1-3 days. For sowing, use peat, cocofiber, or similar media. It should be moist but not wet. Take a fistful. If you can just squeeze a couple of drops of water from it, then it is about right. If you can squeeze more, then it is too wet. If too dry, add a little water and try again. Mix the seeds with the moist compost and place into a clear plastic (ziploc) bag, label with species name and date, and seal.No light is required for germination. Tropical species such as Licuala, Bismarckia or Cyrtostachys require heat, around 30°C/90°F. Temperate species such as Trachycarpus, Ceroxylon or Parajubaea will germinate at lower temperatures, and heat may actually prevent germination. You may want to check our website for individual requirements.Check weekly for signs of activity by looking for white roots through the plastic. Ensure that the medium does not dry out. The seeds can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 years (or more) to germinate; however, most will sprout after 4-6 weeks.After the seeds have sprouted, plant each in a tall, narrrow pot using a well-drained medium, label, and place in ample light, but not in full sun. Aim to keep the soil moist (but not wet) at all times, feed and pot on as required.

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Phoenix dactylifera

Phoenix dactylifera

Commercially important as the producer of dates, Phoenix dactylifera is extremely variable with hundreds of named cultivars, which are propagated by suckers or increasingly in vitro. It is also widely used as an ornamental. Taller, thinner, and with spikier, bluish leaves than its popular cousin from the Canary Islands, it is a handsome tree. Its adaptability to a wide range of climates, excellent resistance to drought, salt spray, brackish water, and various pests, and its general robustness make it the palm of choice for dry climates, temperate as well as tropical. The seeds we offer here come from the famous date groves of Morocco, and even though these seeds are intended for ornamental use, the quality of the fruit from the resulting plants should be very interesting.

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