Queen Palm Seed Planting

Overview

Palm seeds can be collected from the trees or ground after they fall and planted to grow new palm trees. The Queen palm is one of just a few that will germinate better from a green, unripened fruit than from a fully ripened one. Queen palms are hardy in USDA planting zones 9b through 11. Because the tree can grow to 50 feet tall, this is not a palm that is normally used indoors. The Queen palm grows fast once planted in the landscape, and requires very minimal pruning and maintenance.

Step 1

Obtain a green fruit from the Queen palm tree. Do not climb the tree, but use a ladder and a long pole to knock some of the fruit free from the tree. Choose a fruit that is a full size.

Step 2

Cut away the fruit from the seed by using a sharp knife. Queen palm does not have an irritating substance in the fruit like that of other palms.

Step 3

Place the seed in a cup of water and soak for seven days. Change the water each day and remove any fruit that was stuck to the seed.

Step 4

Fill a deep container with 1 part peat moss and 1 part perlite. Mix the medium together well. Take the seed directly from the soaking cup to the container. Place the seed ½ to 1 inch below the surface of the soil, depending on the size of the seed.

Step 5

Keep the soil evenly moist at all times. Never allow it to get soggy or dry out. A clear plastic bag may be placed over the container in order to keep humidity around the plant if the weather is dry.

Step 6

Put the container in a location with full sun and partial afternoon shade. Keep the temperature between 85 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. This can be indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather at the time. Germination normally takes three to five weeks.

Step 7

Transplant outdoors when two or three leaves appear on the plant. Choose an area with full sun where the soil drains well.

Things You'll Need

  • Ladder
  • Long pole
  • Green queen palm fruit
  • Sharp knife
  • Cup of water
  • Deep container with drain holes
  • Peat moss
  • Perlite
  • Plastic bag

References

  • University of Florida Extension: Palm Seed Germination
  • USDA Forest Service: Syagrus Romanzoffianna Queen Palm
  • University of Florida Extension: Queen Palms from Seed
Keywords: planting palm seeds, queen palm fruit, germinating palm seeds

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