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Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera

Blue Mediterranean fan Palm

This palm, which grows in the Atlas mountains in Morocco up to 1700m, offers all the virtues a palm enthusiast from outside the tropics could wish for. It is as robust and adaptable as its regular green relative and happy in a wide range of conditions, tolerating extremes of cold and damp as well as heat and drought or full sun to shade. However, its main attraction is the colour of its leaves: an intense blue-silver (and here we don't mean the silvery colour as seen on the undersides of the leaves of many Chamaerops) on the upper as well as the lower surface of the leafblade. Indeed it is as blue as Brahea armata.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I cleaned seeds and soaked in warm water for two days,then dipped in copper fungicide. I placed the seeds in a plastic box with a sealed lid between damp kitchen towel at 30c. Seeds started to germinate in 6 weeks.
Submitted on 30/03/2013 by Jungle Jas

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
First soaked seeds in fungilside for 3 days, then filled plastic tuppa ware box with 50/50 vermiculite and potting compost ,placed seeds on top of mixture after making sure that I removed hairy coating. I then covered seed's with about a cm of vermiculite only and put on air tight lid. I put the box in my airing cupboard which is dark and constantly 25c. every week I checked for signs of germination and sprayed with mister if required. 80% germination in 2-3 months
Submitted on 16/11/2007 by D Morris toffeedell17@aol.com

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
It is very easy to germinate, I harvested some seeds like 20 days ago and now they are starting to germinate. I used the ziploc bag techinque.
Submitted on 21/09/2007 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Sowed 99 seeds (should have been 100) into a 50/50 mix of perlite and soil based compost, and then placed into a zip-lock bag in the warmest part of a glass-house. As luck would have it, one of the wettest, coldest summers for a long time. 39% germination in 3 weeks. Potted on into 7 cm pots until first leaves appear.
Submitted on 20/07/2007 by Gary Fisher garyfisher_sigi@tiscali.co.uk

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
In April, I placed 1000 seeds in water with some fungicide and pesticide added and let them soak in a warm area of the house for about two days. I then rinsed the seed and used three different methods to germinate them. 1) I put about 100 seeds into a clear plastic box with a mixture of damp perlite and vermiculite, put on the tight-fitting lid, and placed the box in the airing-cupboard. About 50% of the seed sprouted over the next two months. I even had some stragglers sprout after seven months. 2) I planted another 100 seeds directly into four tall 2-litre plant pots. For potting mixture I mixed 3 parts peat-free compost to 1 part grit sand. I placed the pots in my unheated greenhouse and most of the seeds sprouted within two months. 3) Now for my favourite method, which has given me great success with several types of palms. I have some large, clear plastic storage boxes with tight fitting lids. I placed some black plastic on the inside of one of the long sides of the box and let it hang over the top of the side of the box right to the bottom of the box. This will provide some heat absorption later. In the bottom I put about two inches of wood chip, then about 3 inches of my potting mixture (as described above), spread the rest of the seeds (about 800) over the top of this soil, cover with another inch of my mixture, and place the lids on the boxes. I leave the boxes out in my garden, with the black plastic side facing north. I tap the top of the boxes each morning to cause it to “rain” inside the box. Most of the seeds sprouted after about 2 months. I live in North Yorkshire (England), so I can leave these boxes out all springs, summer, and autumn with no problem (it never gets too hot). In the winter, I cover the boxes with bubble wrap to protect from the frost. I generally replant the seedlings from the boxes in the spring.
Submitted on 30/12/2006 by ChrisP ChrisJPasserello@hotmail.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Placed in moist coco fibre in my glass house at about 20¡C 9 of 13 had germinated in 21 days.
Submitted on 30/05/2006 by Iva Kozova, Czech republic iva@czn.cz

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
They are very easy to sprout, and come up green.I tested some of my little 3 year old silvery ones in 8a, and they have shown more hardiness than the regular form. So far it seems a great palm for my cold/hot climate.
Submitted on 13/05/2006 by Kyle kylewhitney2003@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seeds were soaked in tap water for 24 hours and then moved to a zip lock bag with a moist substrate of 50% peat, 50% perlite and left on top of a bookcase at room temp (about 18C in my house). Most germinated within a month but a few stragglers remain.
Submitted on 13/07/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Very easy. In damp compost at 30C had 50% germination within 6 weeks.
Submitted on 20/07/2003 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The only thing you have to do is to find an adult palm, cut a few seeds in autumn and IMMEDIATELY soak them in water for 2-4 days and use any medium. Temp around 25 deg C. The first one germinate within 4-7 days. Over 80% in 1 months.
Submitted on 18/02/2003 by Andreas Zikos an_zikos@yahoo.gr

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
1st seedling up in 7 weeks. Did not soak seed, put in mix of sand and potting soil, kept fairly warm (80 degrees), covered container in plastic.
Submitted on 01/03/2003 by Steve Flynn sflynn22@mac.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
30/30 Received 30 seeds, some of which where horrible looking. Placed on damp peat @ 20 degrees C, the first began to germinate within 3 weeks, all germinated within 2 months. Some of the rotten looking seeds did rot finally, once they'd germinated. Buy plenty - they're cheap!
Submitted on 06/05/2002 by John Hawkins john.hawkins@blechnum.net

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked in room temp. water for 48 hours. Placed in moist peat in zip-lock bags, as per your instructions. Stored on top of TV in living room, 4 feet off floor, and out of direct sunlight. Avg. room temp. 71F. First shoots noted 24 days after sowing. Good germination rate.
Submitted on 30/03/2002 by Daniel Schilling schilling3@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need 1 month to sprout.
I am impressed. Very east to germinate. Most have sprouted after 10 days using the simple moist peat moss in a ziplock bag. Place the bag in a shady part of the garden. Thats it!
Submitted on 24/02/2002 by James Pivovaroff jnpiv@picknowl.com.au

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I had good germination of this seed using 1 part #2 perlite(medium grade with powder) and 2 parts 0 to 1/4' fir bark. It must have been 75% or more.
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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In Portland, Oregon in usa they need little care and grow slow.
Can be slow to sprout. I live in a cooler climate zone 7-8 and thus used a heating pad with a cookie sheet over it in the shed (not in the sun). I have successfully raised 45 palms 15 varieties so far since march. Used peat and perlite 50/50. and kept the temp about 85 bottom heat adjusting with padding to reduce heat.
Submitted on 18/10/2006 by Mark helloandgoodbyenospam@comcast.net

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

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