How to Plant a Queen Palm Seed

Overview

Queen palm trees are popular in landscaping for their unique, elegant look. Healthy plants can reach 50 feet tall, with branches longer than 6 feet. Queen palms can survive below-freezing temperatures and are moderately drought-tolerant. You don't have to purchase seeds or young plants to grow a queen palm tree. When ripe fruit falls in the spring, collect a couple of pieces and grow your own tree from seed.

Step 1

Collect seeds when the fruit is fully ripe or immediately after it falls off the tree. The fruit is the seed.

Step 2

Soak the seeds in a bowl of clean water for 24 hours. This initiates the process of germination.

Step 3

Fill a shallow pot 3/4 of the way full with potting soil. Though it is not necessary, adding up to 25 percent sand can help keep your pot well-drained.

Step 4

Place the seeds 1 inch apart on the soil, then fill the pot to the lower rim with the medium.

Step 5

Immediately pour water over the seeds until it leaks out of the bottom of the pot.

Step 6

Place your pot in a sunny room with lots of indirect light. Greenhouse growing is best for young palms as the humidity and warm temperatures ensure healthy growth. Keep your seeds away from hot, direct sunlight while they are sprouting.

Step 7

Transplant your queen palm outdoors into a sunny, well-drained area once a full leaf or two have grown. Plant palms in warmer months of the year.

Tips and Warnings

  • Puncture wounds in palm trees never heal. Do not nail signs or lights to the trunk.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Potting soil
  • Sand
  • Container

References

  • Jungle Music
  • University of Florida
  • Queen Palm Trees
Keywords: palm seed, queen palm, seed germination

About this Author

Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. She is a featured poet on NYC public radio, is the winner of the San Jacinto & Alethean Literary Societies' Poetry Award, and has authored three collections of poetry including "cold days," "bastante" and "short poems." She earned a B.A. in philosophy from Southwestern University.