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Washingtonia filifera

Washington Palm

So well known as to scarcely need any description, these large, stout fan palms are popular subjects for cultivation all around the world. Given sufficient water they are very fast growing, and this fact is not lost on those who plant for public display, to the extent that it is somewhat over-used. It is often described as drought tolerant; however, this does not mean that it can survive without water. In the wild it invariably grows near permanent water and its long roots grow deep underground to tap the residual moisture there. The Washington Palm is best suited to dryer, temperate or subtropical climates. It can take quite heavy frosts with little damage. There is probably no palm whose seeds are cheaper and easier to sprout.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
This is the easiest palm to grow! You only have to weak them in 2 day in water, After this it won't take long to see some seedlings. This kind of seed has always much turnout, almost all seeds germinate. Even old seeds germinate well! They grow fast to!But how you do it!?It's easy, follow this steps!- Weak them 2 days in water. - Remove the skin. - Plant them like 2 inches apart- Keep them warm (Around 68F)- keep them moistThats all, you have some seedlings in about 2 weeks
Submitted on 15/12/2011 by Berry van Rumpt

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Time to germination 13 days at 90 degrees. First soak the seeds for three days with a stimulator in a zip lock bag. Plant the seeds 1/4" deep in a compost mix in a small pan inside the zip lock bag. I use 50% goat and 50% horse manure. 90 degrees is maintained with a small space heater and a 75 watt bulb is used for light all done inside a closet. There is no smell, because everything is sealed inside the zip lock.
Submitted on 15/01/2010 by Troy Brownrigg

... are not rated.
One of the easiest seeds to germinate ever! I soaked mine in warm water for four days and they started germinating in the water!
Submitted on 29/12/2008 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
placed in moist vermiculite in a seed tray, sealed in a plastic bag and pplaced in a proporgator at 30 deg C. firs sprouts showing after 2 weeks the rest showing weekly. about 95% germination rate from 100 seeds
Submitted on 15/09/2008 by martin holland

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I found some fresh seeds that had fallen from a washington filifaria tree and took them home. Isoaked them in lukewarm water for 2 days, changing the water daily. By the third day, a small germ appeared on all of them! These seeds are too easy to grow!
Submitted on 30/06/2008 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I just soaked the seeds (300) for 2 days and plant to a bigger vase. After 3 weeks 90% sprouted... The temperature was 22-23 Celsius.
Submitted on 12/03/2008 by Barna Bodo bodo.barna@enternet.hu

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I planted several seeds in a pot on my windowsill and they sprouted in about 16 days. I soaked them in warm water for a day or two. The house temperature was consistantly over 75 degrees at the time, so that may have helped speed things up a little.
Submitted on 29/08/2007 by one of our visitors

... are easy to germinate.
I pick some of the seed and I put in a black pot with soil and water it in 3 week it have germinated. Seedling is fast grower and easy to care.
Submitted on 05/01/2007 by one of our visitors

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I fround seed from older tree. I soak them about 10min. I put them in zip lock bag some few week I saw them sprout in the bag.
Submitted on 22/12/2006 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
My first seed germinated in less than one week!!! The remaining seeds germinated within two weeks.
Submitted on 20/06/2006 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Upon receiving seeds, I soaked them for three days. Then I placed them in ziplock bags with moist mixture of pealite and spaghum moss. And hung the bags onback of refrigerator, the temperature stayed at 84 degrees F. Good sprouts in three weeks.
Submitted on 16/06/2006 by ARTHUR L. WILSON aleon86@gate.net

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Collected about 40 seeds. 90% sprouted in less than 3 weeks. Very easy to germinate and very fast. The seedlings are a light green, stiff, and very beautiful. Fast grower when watered, very slow when not.
Submitted on 30/12/2005 by Michael Iufer miufer@ucsd.edu

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Washingtonia filifera is very easy to germinate, I put them in baggies w/ moist (not dry, nor drenched) decorative moss with a winter heating pad on high under them and the first seed just sprouted today (Day 10) and the rest are swelling up like they will sprout soon. To use the decorative moss, I soaked it in hot water, then wrang out most of the water so it would be just moist. You have to let the pre-dried moss soak in the water for at least a minute before wringing it out to put in a baggie with the seeds. ALL germinating supplies were purchased at Walmart! LOL!
Submitted on 24/04/2005 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I soaked my seeds for 48 hour then put them in a ziplock back in peat moss they germ in no time at all.
Submitted on 08/09/2005 by Danny mashaney@cox.net

...very easy to germinate.
I have sown many batches of these seeds. Simply soak in nonchlorinated water for 24 hours. Place in moistened vermiculite that has been sprayed with the same water, no deeper then a few millimetres. Maintain a constant temperature of 80F or greater. I use trays of various sizes placed into sealable plastic bags. Germination usually starts in as little as 5-8 days and most have germinated by the 18 day.
Submitted on 07/10/2005 by Steve Anderson stevea07@earthlink.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very, very easy, soaked in warm water for three days, changing water frequently. Soaked in bleach solution of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water for two minutes to prevent rotting. Placed seeds in moist perlite and a little potting compost in a Tupperware container and left in the airing cupboard and they sprouted in 5 days and have a 1cm root so far. I'm from sunny Norfolk in the UK. 100% germination, definitely recommend for a beginnner like myself.
Submitted on 06/06/2005 by Carol-Anne murphy.clan@ukonline.co.uk

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
super,super,super,super,easy. I have never had a palm to grow as rapidly as this one. If you don't have time for waiting long periods of time for a seed to germinate, then this palm is for you. Just put seeds in a foam cup and watch as the seeds became seeds up on seeds, like weeds.
Submitted on 15/03/2005 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
This palm trees are native in this area (La Paz, Baja California Mexico ) and doesn´t need much to germinate, they sprout within 15 days to 1 month in a native dirt mixture with some sand added and irrigated once a week.
Submitted on 29/11/2004 by Alejandro López Luna deserttropical@prodigy.net.mx

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I can't remember when I've germinated something as quickly. Soaked the seeds in warm tap water for 48 hours, I think I changed that water three times. I moved the soaked seeds to a plastic bag with slightly moist perlite, and left the bag on top of my refrigerator for about a week. About 50% of the seeds had sprouted at that time, and several others looked about ready to burst. Moved everything to a soil-less mix on my shaded patio.
Submitted on 14/07/2004 by Stuart Lauters slauters@yahoo.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
First, I chilled these seeds for 3 months. Then, I soaked them in water for 1/2 a day. Then, I put them in my incubator (hot bed). Eventually, little white roots started to pop out of each one.
Submitted on 16/06/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds started to germinate before they were even in potting medium. Of 16 seeds 15 sprouted after soaking for 3 days in warm water. Placed in heated greenhouse tray in moist cocopeat. Moistened with fungicide as needed. These were the first palm I tried to germinate and I am glad I went with something so easy other wise I would have given up. Very rewarding for the impatient grower!
Submitted on 16/06/2004 by Cheri Wilson reininrabt@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
soaked in luke warm water for 7 days (changing daily), than covered in peat moss, at 90°F/30°C. The first one camed up after only 8 days, I got 100% germination after 3 months.
Submitted on 06/05/2004 by Jón Ágúst Erlingsson johnny13@torg.is

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
this species is a very easy species to germinate this is my first time and after i saw how many people said it was easy so i decided to give it a try i used spagnom moss damp of course in plastic bags on top of a heating pad i saw germination within five days and a lot more in the following week.
Submitted on 21/10/2003 by chris parton chrispaton192@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked seeds for 24 hrs, then soaked in a fungicide for a couple hours. Bag technique not needed for these easy to sprout seeds. Placed in pots, is a semi-sunny spot. Germination was 100% with several new leaves after only one month. This palm can take temps down to 10 degrees with no problems once established.
Submitted on 13/10/2003 by Jason Harkrider jhark6400@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
This was my first time germinating palm seeds and wow i soaked 100 seeds for 3 days changing the water every so often and after that i put them in sandwich bags in moist sphagnum peat moss sealed them placed them on a heating pad in my drawer and in 5 days the first one popped up today and im sure a lot more will follow in the following days.
Submitted on 09/10/2003 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
repare 50/50 mix of peat moss and play sand, treat seeds with fugicide, I use "captain"place in 3 gal. nursery containers. Place seeds on top and press them into the soil. Place in intermiadiate mist (like nursery growers use to maintain 100% humitity) use bottom heat. 3 weeks to erminate. do not transplant until the seedling is growing second set of leaves. These are easy to germinate, but the early seedling is more fragile then other hardy palms. 80-90% germination. to many to count.
Submitted on 23/09/2003 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
easiest. Soaked seeds for 24 hours, rinsed with fresh water and placed on germinating bed. I use a mix of 1/3 rich top soil, 1/3 bonemeal, 1/3 vermiculite. laid out seeds on bed, covered with spahgnum moss and a light layer of the mixture to keep the moss damp over the seeds. after 2 weeks 90% are up out of 1000 seeds.
Submitted on 06/06/2003 by David faders@usa2net.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Easy and fast, using no special conditions.
Submitted on 23/12/2002 by Van vandringar@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
This palm germinates easily in a loose friable soil mix with no special treatment. They can even be sown outdoors in the summer. Temperatures anywhere from 15 - 30C are fine. The seeds are not generally subject to rot, fungus gnats, damping off or other problems.
Submitted on 01/08/2002 by Ian Barclay deus_vobiscum@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
After soaking the seeds in water for 2 days, I placed them in a tupperware container filled with moist perlite at 30C. The first seeds germinated in one week, all seeds germinated within 3 weeks..
Submitted on 02/04/2002 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked seeds for 48 hours in room temp. water. 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 sun. Room temp. 67-74 degrees F(avg. 71F). First sprouts noted 15 days after sowing. High germination rate.
Submitted on 30/03/2002 by Daniel Schilling schilling3@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
This is a fast-growing species, that germinates readily even if the seed is not fresh. Seeds were soaked in warm water for a couple of days and then placed in zip-lock plastic bags filled with regular potting soil in a heated place. Temperature about 30 deg. C. Airing of bags required to prevent fungus. Germination started after 5 days, after a week all seeds had germinated.
Submitted by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Placed in clear plastic bags in slightly moist peat and left in the airing cupboard at around 25C. The seeds germinated very easily in around 7 days, with a germination rate of at least 90%.
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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In El monte in United States of America they need average care and grow very fast.
Very easy to cultivate. Needs fertile soil, like Miracle Grow. Frequent watering is needed. So is a lot of sunshine. An ideal place to put it is on a windowsill. I placed mines in a pot on my patio sill. Presently it is 1 foot tall and very green, and here in Los Angeles, California, where it is hot all year round, it grows very fast.
Submitted on 29/12/2008 by one of our visitors

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Athens in Greece they need little care and grow very fast.
Extremely easy to germinateNeed 8 days Collected the seeds from my wasingtonia last February 2006. I used the method of zip plastic bag on the 12/11/06. Activity appeared on the 20/11/06.I have thousands of these seeds and every year I collect more than 100.000.
Submitted on 23/11/2006 by Theodore Christopoulos theodorec@crool.gr

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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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