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Nannorrhops sp. (Iran Silver)

Silver Mazari Palm

This form comes from higher altitudes in areas around Zahedan, Iran, further inland than the regular Silver Nannorrhops, which is mainly found in the costal mountains of Makran. While similar in habit and growth, it can sustain more cold and frost in winter but requires dry conditions. Scientifically, it is unclear to us which name should be applied to this Nannorrhops (N. naudiniana, N. stocksiana, or N. arabica) since, like the regular silver form, we feel that it is too different to belong within N. ritchiana.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I purchased 100 seed and sowed them into a 7 gallon community pot with a medium mixture of 50/50 soil conditioner to perlite. They germinated near 95% and have transplanted very well into individual pots. They continue to grow at a reasonable rate. I highly recommend!
Submitted on 06/12/2007 by Jim Rodgers NearlyNativeNursery@hotmail.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I purchased 100 seed and sowed them into a 7 gallon community pot with a medium mixture of 50/50 soil conditioner to perlite. They germinated near 95% and have transplanted very well into individual pots. They continue to grow at a reasonable rate. I highly recommend!
Submitted on 06/12/2007 by Jim Rodgers NearlyNativeNursery@hotmail.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I purchased N.(IS) seeds twice from RPS and have sowed all of them outdoors. My first purchase I sowed in a low moist germinating bed that I thought may be too moist but, 10 of 10 germinated in 3 weeks after soaking for two days. Alternatively and my second most recent purchased of 100 seeds, agian from RPS, were sowed in a 7 gallon pot that contained a soil mixture of 60% organic (pine bark) and 40% perlite. With regular (daily) watering I achieved 92% germination in 1 month. Nannorrhops of all variaties are only behind Sabal palmetto in ease of germinating!
Submitted on 19/04/2007 by Jim Rodgers NearlyNativeNursery@hotmail.com

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Used baggy method and for 6 months nothing happened. Moved to a new house and kind of forgot about seeds left in a box. 6 of 10 germinated and have since been potted up into 1 gallon container. 2 did not make it but others growing well albeit kind of slowly.
Submitted on 11/08/2006 by j hamilton quitsteppingonmytail@juno.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
VERY EASY; I used the soak and bag method. Soaked for a couple of days. then bagged them up in moss and pearlite, threw them on top of the water heater and BAM in 2 weeks I had 51 sprouts out of 100. I just put them back on the heater to see if more pop up. I bought the seeds here, I also bought the other 2 varieties with similar results. Good stock.
Submitted on 20/06/2006 by one of our visitors

... are easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
After about 4 months only one has germinated. Used baggie method, however, the one that germinated is one that I scraped off the outer covering and put a small nic in the hard seed coat. Nothing from the rest yet but they all still look viable.
Submitted on 27/11/2005 by J Hamilton quitsteppingonmytail@juno.com

... are average to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Soaked in water for about 2 days then placed into baggy with moist seed starting mix. They have been slow to germinate as only 1 has germinated after almost 4 months. The one that germinated had the outer covering scraped off and a slight nic was put into the hard seed casing. Nothing from the others yet but seed still looks fine.
Submitted on 19/11/2005 by J Hamilton quitsteppingonmytail@juno.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
As with the other Nannorrhops, seeds of "Iran Silver" germinate almost before you are ready to deal with them. They are so easy that no specific method seems better than others. The baggy method, planting directly in soil mix, or using inorganic mixes are all successful. Seedlings have great resistance to fungi, but should the lower roots rot, they quickly produce lateral branches and recover if moved to better conditions. In fact seedlings are extremely tolerant of disturbance. Soak seeds in clean water for 1-3 days, then direct sow in soil mix about 1.5 cm deep, keep above 25 degrees C and seeds will sprout within two weeks and produce shoots in less than a month. I predict that these palms will become very common in temperate regions.
Submitted on 23/09/2005 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy i Soaked the fresh seeds for one week in warm water change it evry day & all seeds germinated in the water ;)
Submitted on 02/05/2005 by Hamad Alfalasi hmalfalasi@gmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
standard 3 day soak, then 1 day in 1/10 fungicide water, rinsed and put in moist planting mix inside baggie. dont mess with the baggie by shaking it looking for sprouts, left alone these sprout easliy. 80 degrees. let these grow inside baggie spraying only when water droplets inside baggie just about dissapear. after they show a 1 inch narrow leaf then they are ready to plant. ive grown alot of these. put in 1/2 garden soil, 1/2 grow mix, a dash of gypsum, and a solid dash of sand, mix well and there you go. growth is very slow, 8 - 10 hours of sunshine in 65 to 90 degrees. water them only when soil isnt very moist. once a year has past, these can be transplanted to 8-12 inch pots, same soil. its hard to kill these palms, ive left them in 100 degree weather all the way to lower 30s. these are tough. sometimes spots show up on the leaves, just put them in the shade for a day or so after spraying the leaves with fungicide. i have ordered these seeds from this site. after 3 years they are 2 feet tall with some help from miracle grow.
Submitted on 01/08/2005 by GregM Vegas1yeahbaby@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Fresh seeds were soaked for three days in warm water, changing the water every 12 hours. They were then placed in a baggie of general potting soil/moss mix. The soil should be moist but not wet. The baggie will hold the moisture in for a long time. The seeds were then put in front of my south facing window were they were subjected to extreme heat from the summer sun. Temperatures in the baggie up to and over 100 deg. F during the daytime hours. These plants seem to like the heat. First signs of germination in about 4 weeks. The roots grow very fast and grow deep. First shoots up about a week later.
Submitted on 01/07/2005 by Brian Malmgren bdmalmgren@prodigy.net

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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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