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Washingtonia filifera

Washingtonia filifera

So well known as to scarcely need any description, these large, stout fan palms are popular subjects for cultivation all around the world. Given sufficient water they are very fast growing, and this fact is not lost on those who plant for public display, to the extent that it is somewhat over-used. It is often described as drought tolerant; however, this does not mean that it can survive without water. In the wild it invariably grows near permanent water and its long roots grow deep underground to tap the residual moisture there. The Washington Palm is best suited to dryer, temperate or subtropical climates. It can take quite heavy frosts with little damage. There is probably no palm whose seeds are cheaper and easier to sprout.

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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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Washingtonia filifera

Washingtonia filifera

So well known as to scarcely need any description, these large, stout fan palms are popular subjects for cultivation all around the world. Given sufficient water they are very fast growing, and this fact is not lost on those who plant for public display, to the extent that it is somewhat over-used. It is often described as drought tolerant; however, this does not mean that it can survive without water. In the wild it invariably grows near permanent water and its long roots grow deep underground to tap the residual moisture there. The Washington Palm is best suited to dryer, temperate or subtropical climates. It can take quite heavy frosts with little damage. There is probably no palm whose seeds are cheaper and easier to sprout.

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