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How to Plant Queen Palm Trees From Seeds

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Overview

Queen palms (Cocos Plumosa) are in the family of Coceae. This palm is native to Argentina and Brazil. Queen Palms grow well planted outside in the subtropical and tropical regions of our country in zones 9 and 10. This graceful leafed palm gives an abundance of orange to yellow fruits, so the gardener will have plenty of seeds to choose from when it comes to planting. Providing you follow a few basic steps when dealing with palm seeds, your queen palm seeds should be relatively easy to germinate.

Step 1

Collect the seeds from the queen palm while green, just as they are beginning to turn ripe. Queen palms are one palm that their seeds will germinate better if planted in the green stage, right before they ripen.

Step 2

Soak the queen palm seeds in a bucket of water for a day, to help soften up the outer skin. Remove as much of the outer skin as possible, to reveal the inner seed that will be brown.

Step 3

Soak the queen palm seeds once again in a bucket of water for several days, after cleaning. Change the water daily. Remove any seeds that float to the top, as these are less likely to germinate. The soaking will help soften them to germinate quicker.

Step 4

Select a one-gallon container with drain holes, to plant the queen palm seeds. Do not use a container that does not drain well, as the seeds can rot and die before germinating.

Step 5

Fill the container will a potting mix that is high in organic matter, but drains well. Use a mix that contains peat moss and perlite. Plant the seeds one inch deep within the potting mix and cover with soil.

Step 6

Water the container directly after planting the queen palm seed. Keep the container moist, but not soggy, throughout the entire germination process. Do not allow the seed to remain in soil that is dry or it will not germinate.

Step 7

Place the container in an area that receives full to partial sunlight during the day. The queen palm requires at least 4 hours of direct sunlight each day for best success in the germination process. The seed will germinate in anywhere from four weeks to six months.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Water
  • 1 gallon container
  • Potting mix

References

  • Univ. of Fl. - Planting Palm Seeds
  • Fl. Gardener - Facts on Queen Palms
  • U.S. Hardiness Zone Map
Keywords: planting queen palm seeds, propagating queen palm seeds, growing queen palms

About this Author

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.