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Palm Seed Incubation Closet

This closet is maintained at between 90 and 98 F degrees by a small space heater. This is my current batch in May 2001. The cups are clear so I can spot roots and many cups have as many as ten seeds each, there are approximately 30 species of palms and cycads represented in this closet.  The closet is constantly revolving, many germinate in about 30 days and newer seeds are arriving monthly. Each cup has 6 nail holes for drainage, plastic saran wrap topping to maintain moisture and keep out bugs. Germinated palm seedlings are removed and taken outside every 5 days.

A few pots with baby palm trees that surround the perimeter of the house. The house in many circumstances is used as a giant sundial that by positioning pots at varying proximities to the house's shadow, the amount of direct sunlight given to the palm can be regulated. 
Window sills full of germinated and developing palm trees in cups. Along the ground are the shade loving baby palms.
Newly poured concrete sidewalk, an ongoing project to have a sidewalk wrap around the house.  Sidewalks make such nicely contained and organized flowerbeds for your palms and landscaping.  An ideal weed barrier and retainer for water and mulch. In the photo are some baby cycads, a small Havanensis, and Madagascar Palm (really a cacti). The big trunk in the corner of the flowerbed is that of a large queen palm.
A further down view from the next above photo.  The sidewalk left a difficult to mow nook which is perfect for a large palm garden expansion flowerbed!  Grass is in process of being cleared from this site and reused as sod elsewhere in the yard. This site will have a small black plastic pond garden pond at its center and be surrounded by exotic gingers, black stem elephant ears and of course palms.  The small sabal shown is a Puerto Rican Hat.
Royal Palm and Jan 2001 survivor onsite. This palm was iced on  5 occasions during the freezes and has produced 4 new leaves since.
3 year old Canary Island Date Palm reaching about 4.5 feet tall, behind is a 25 foot Chinese Fan in seed.

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