Trachycarpus fortunei, or windmill palm, is shorter than its towering cousins, reaching just 20 to 40 feet tall from a single trunk. Native to Asia, this tree has adapted to temperate and subtropical regions of the U.S., specifically zones 7b through 10 on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zone Map. Light shade and consistent moisture allow the T. fortunei to thrive. Seeds are easy to germinate.
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Things you need
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cup
- Small bowl
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Transparent plastic bag with sealable top
- Planting pots
- Coarse sand
Combine 1 tsp hydrogen peroxide and 1 cup water in a bowl. Place the T. fortunei seeds in the solution and allow them to soak for 24 hours. Change the solution twice -- every eight hours.
Discard any seeds that float to the top; they aren't viable.
Moisten 2 cups vermiculite with 2 tbsp water and mix thoroughly. The vermiculite should feel dry. Pour the vermiculite into the plastic bag and push the seeds into it until they are enveloped.
Place the sealed bag in a warm area, such as on top of the refrigerator or water heater. The ideal soil temperature for T. fortunei seed germination is 32.2 degrees Celsius.
Check the seeds every day. If the vermiculite feels dryer than when you started, add a few drops of water. Check the seeds carefully for roots. When they appear, transplant the seedlings.
Combine equal parts of compost and coarse sand and pour it into planting pots. Carefully remove the seeds from the bag and plant them 1/2 inch deep. Water the soil until it is moist and place the pots back in the germination area. The seeds should sprout within eight to 12 weeks.
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