|Common name||Canary Island Date Palm|
|Germination||Place the Phoenix Canariensis seeds in a sterile medium which is only barely moist but never too wet. Just to be sure you can use a 1 pint measure (about 550 ml) of vermiculite, moistened with 30 ml (about two tablespoons) of water. The resulting vermiculite should feel quite dry to the touch. Nevertheless, don't be tempted to add more water. Seal the seeds in an airtight container (such as a plastic sandwich box (recommended)) or a plastic bag. Place it in a warm-to-hot position; say above the hot-water tank. Temperatures of 90 degrees Fahrenheit (about 32 C) are ideal. Inspect the seeds daily. Many species germinate in as little as one or two weeks, in spite of the fact that some books tell you they are likely to take 2 or 3 months! When a root appears, carefully put the seeds into well-drained compost (e.g. 50/50 standard potting compost and coarse grit), and keep warm until the shoot appears. When the shoot appears place the palm in a warm, light place. If your room temperature is fairly cool, be very careful not to over-water as the roots of some palms (even the humble date palm) will rot if the compost is kept wet when the palms are not actively growing. Germination can take longer. Be patient!|
|Scarification / Stratification||No|
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