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Trachycarpus fortunei

Trachycarpus fortunei

There is not much to say about the humble 'Trachy' that has not been said before. This most popular of the hardy palms has been cultivated in the West for a hundred and fifty years since the explorer and adventurer Robert Fortune first saw it growing (though not wild) on Chusan (now Zhousan) Island off the east coast of China. Cultivated on the mainland for much longer than that, its origins are obscured in history. Its hardiness against cold is legendary, as is its easy care nature, and its wide availability means it is often the first hardy palm that many of us own. It is also probably the palm species best tested and documented for its frost resistance.

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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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Trachycarpus fortunei

Trachycarpus fortunei

There is not much to say about the humble 'Trachy' that has not been said before. This most popular of the hardy palms has been cultivated in the West for a hundred and fifty years since the explorer and adventurer Robert Fortune first saw it growing (though not wild) on Chusan (now Zhousan) Island off the east coast of China. Cultivated on the mainland for much longer than that, its origins are obscured in history. Its hardiness against cold is legendary, as is its easy care nature, and its wide availability means it is often the first hardy palm that many of us own. It is also probably the palm species best tested and documented for its frost resistance.

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