Saving Palm Seeds (?)

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  1. Antonino Giglio

    Antonino Giglio Junior Member

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    I've a question for you, as I've ordered thousands of different palm seeds (there was a special price if I bought 100 seeds packages) and now I don't know how to store them.

    I know with time they become non-viable but I don't mind if germination rates will only be 30-40% as I have so many seeds!

    So my question is, is it enough to keep the seeds in their original plastic bags in a dark and cool environment?

    Or should I put them in sand ans still keep them in a cool environment?

    Why sand? Because some time ago I saw a documentary where they found a seed 2000 years old and it was under the sand in the region where Jesus lived.

    So there you go...

    Is it a silly idea (maybe I need too much sand)?

    What suggestion can you give me?

    Here is the list of seeds:

    Acanthophoenix rubra
    Adonidia merrillii
    Alloschmidia glabrata
    Archontophoenix alexandrae
    Arenga engleri
    Arenga tremula
    Bismarckia nobilis (Mayotte)
    Bismarckia nobilis (Silver)
    Brahea armata
    Calyptrocalyx albertisianus
    Chamadorea elegans
    Chamadorea macrospadix
    Chamadorea metallica
    Chamadorea seifrizii
    Chamadorea tepejilote
    Chambeyronia macrocarpa
    Cyrtostachys renda
    Dypsis cabadae
    Dypsis decaryi
    Dypsis interrupta
    Dypsis leptocheilos
    Euterpe precatoria (Variegata)
    Hydriastele wendlandiana
    Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
    Licuala grandis
    Licuala orbicularis
    Livistona chinensis
    Livistona decipiens
    Macrozamia miquelii
    Phoenix canariensis
    Phoenix dactylifera
    Phoenix roebelenii
    Pinanga coronata
    Pinanga polymorpha
    Rhapis humilis
    Rhapis excelsa
    Sabal minor
    Trachycarpus fortunei
    Wallichia disticha


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  2. Ojo

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    Re: Saving Palm Seeds (?)

    Jesus must have lived in a very dry environment, moisture is the main concern.
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    A 10-year storage life can be achieved by drying seed to less than 8 percent moisture.

    Package the seed in moisture-proof containers and store it in a refrigerator or deep freezer. A moisture-proof container is one that stores seed safely while submerged in water. Use sealed cans or jars, rather than plastic bags.
    excerpts
    https://www.ext.colostate.edu/Pubs/Garden/07221.html

    "The higher the seed moisture content, the quicker the seed quality will degrade," said Stieve. "The most important thing is to keep the seed as dry as possible."
    https://extension.osu.edu/~news/story.php?id=2149
     
  3. Antonino Giglio

    Antonino Giglio Junior Member

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    Re: Saving Palm Seeds (?)

    Thanks Ojo!!!!!!!

    I saw the link but is about veggies... are you sure that it applies to Palm seeds too?

    (You are right about Jesus, very dry place and I reckon underground is much colder than on the surface of the desert)
     
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    Re: Saving Palm Seeds (?)

    there's alot of variation in palm, I've read that some palm seed is viable for only 24 hours others might have to be scarified or they won't germinate at all. I doubt anyone on these forums knows all of those species (you sure got a plethora of palm).

    this link has a forum that might have a few answers. Good luck.
    https://www.palmpedia.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

    PS. I have a couple hundred succulents and find using google images faster than just googling them.
    https://images.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi
    some other links
    https://www.mahpro.com/palmsearch/
     
  5. Bennz

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    Re: Saving Palm Seeds (?)

    Many of those palm seeds will not survive at all if stored for too long. You would be much better off sowing them into small pots and letting them germinate. Many palm species can survive for a very long time as small seedlings in a pot, it is equivalent to a palm seedling sitting on the rainforest floor for many years waiting for a gap in the canopy to allow them to grow for the light. All they need is watering and extremely light fertiliser occaisonally, you want to keep them alive, not produce growth. Most are fairly easy to pot up individually even many years after germination.

    How long are you wanting to store them for?
     
  6. Antonino Giglio

    Antonino Giglio Junior Member

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    Re: Saving Palm Seeds (?)

    I have them for a year already... some planted but most still in storage.

    Will follow your suggestion and sow as many as I can in small pots and keep them in a sort of low light situation.

    Thanks a lot! Is a great learning curve for me!
     

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