How to Germinate Windmill Palm Tree Seeds


The windmill palm is a cold-hardy palm tree native to China. Usually grown as an accent plant in the garden, it also does well planted in containers. The windmill palm is a slow growing tree that thrives in any type of soil, as long as it isn't soggy. Give your windmill palm a partially sunny spot, shielded from winds and check occasionally for aphids and scale. Windmill palms are hardy in USDA Zones 7B-10.

Step 1

Soak the seed in a solution of 1 cup water and 1 tsp. hydrogen peroxide for 24 hours. Change the solution twice during this time period.

Step 2

Remove any flesh that remains on the windmill palm seed. Even a small speck can cause fungus to form.

Step 3

Moisten 2 cups of vermiculite with 2 tbsp. of water (it should feel relatively dry), and place it in the bag. Insert the seed into this mixture.

Step 4

Place the bag in the warmest place you can find--on top of the water heater or refrigerator, for instance. Optimal temperature for germination is 90 degrees.

Step 5

Inspect the windmill palm seed daily. Moisten the soil if it feels dryer than when you first inserted the seed, but don't get it too moist. When a root appears, it is time to transplant the seedling.

Step 6

Pour even amounts of compost and builder's sand into the pot. Gently plant the rooted seed 1/2 inch into the soil. Water lightly, allowing the water to drain from the bottom of the pot and place the pot back in the warm area.

Things You'll Need

  • Vermiculite
  • Transparent plastic bag with re-sealable top
  • Planting pot
  • Compost
  • Builder's sand


  • Floridata
  • University of British Columbia

Who Can Help

  • Windmill Palms - Cold Hardy Palm Trees
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