The windmill palm, also known as Trachycarpus fortunei, is one of the hardiest of the palm trees. Grown in regions that regularly experience snowfall, this is the palm tree of choice if your climate zone is 7b or warmer. To get started with this palm, you can purchase a small plant, or you can germinate your own seeds. Germinating the seeds is relatively easy process but one that takes patience. The seeds can take up to four months to germinate.
Soak windmill palm seeds in warm water for 24 to 48 hours. Change the water each day.
Sow the seeds in a well-draining potting soil mix. Plant the seeds 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep in the soil.
Water the soil enough to keep it moist at all times but not soggy.
Place the pot in a location that stays around 75 degrees F. Lower temperatures may produce erratic germination.
Transplant the seedlings to individual 4-inch pots when they are a few inches tall. Germination usually takes 8 to 12 weeks but may take up to 4 months.