How to Germinate Pindo Palm Seeds
Pindo palms are a hardy palm native to South America. Like many other palms, they do best in warm tropical environments, but they can tolerate cooler climates as well. Pindo palms grow clusters of small yellow seed-bearing fruits. In order to plant a new pindo palm, you must first harvest the seeds from the fruit and germinate them. They generally have a high germination rate, but it takes a lot of time and care.
Wait for the seeds to ripen. If they fall off of the plant when you shake the branch, then they are good to use.
Peel the layer of skin off of the seeds. If you leave the skin on, the risk of mold growth increases. Rinse the seeds with warm running water to remove any residual plant matter.
Soak the seeds in a bowl of clean water for seven days. Be sure to change the water every morning to ensure it stays fresh.
Mix 1/2 cup of bleach with five cups of water. Place the seeds in a strainer and pour the bleach mixture over them. The bleach will sterilize the outside of the seeds and prevent mold growth.
Fill a pot with high quality potting soil. Plant the seeds so they are level with the soil surface. The seeds do not have to be completely covered to germinate.
Put the pot in a warm area that stays between 70 and 100 degrees. The seeds should not be in sunlight as they are at risk for drying out.
Water the soil until it is damp to the touch. The soil must stay damp at all times throughout the germination process. Be patient--it can take up to 100 days for the seeds to germinate.
Use the freshest seeds possible--they are more likely to germinate.