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|Nom commun||Foxtail Palm|
|Germination||Foxtail palm is propagated by seeds. Scarify the seeds first. Then place the seeds in a plastic bag with a moist peat moss (or even better coconut fiber), then place the bag in a warm place. Don't over water otherwise fungus may occur. This tropical palm needs a temperature of about 86-95øF. If you raise the temperature, you may "cook" the seeds, but lower temperature will make germination slow down if ever at all. You may use a heating pad to warm up the bag with seeds. Some seeds germinate 2-3 months after sowing, and others will take up to 12 months to sprout.
Try not to disturb the root because it is still very fragile. Plant the seedling in a deep pot, so that the seed is a little bit under soil level, but the upper sprout stands upright. Of course the soil should be very well-drained. Place the pot where the seedling gets enough sunlight but not direct full sun. Water often, without letting the soil over dry. At first the seedlings grow fairly slow, but with time the growth will speed up.
|Scarification / Stratification||Seed coats may be so hard that they are impermeable to water. They need to be scratched or broken using a knife or sandpaper, in order to germinate. Chip the seeds with a sharp knife or make a few swipes with a sharp edged file or use sandpaper to allow moisture being more readily absorbed.|
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