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Trachycarpus fourtunei(Windmill Palm) Seedlings

Posted by Jake on 19 April, 2009

In January I recieved a generous amount of seeds from a man in Tennessee. It was his Windmill Palms first time to set seed and he sent me some isn’t that so cool. I planted just 7 of them in January, not sure why such a wierd amount, lol. They were all just started on a wet cotton pad and misted, no other thing was used in thier germination. Since we live in Florida we don’t get as cold as everyone else and on coolest our house gropped to 67 degrees and would get back up to 73 during the day. I read that Windmill Palm seed germinates best when left unheated.

In late February to early March I noticed that all the seeds had sprouted roots, but no leaves. I did some more research on line and found no leaves would sprout unless the roots were in dirt. The 7 went into dirt and about two weeks later some sent up a leaf. Like with all Palm Tree seedlings the first leaves look like blades of grass. The first week of April the seeds were moved outside underneath the window they had germinated on. They are still recieving natural pasrt sun light and seem to be doing well. One of the four remaing seeds has recently sent up its first leaf, I am just waiting on the other three now.

I wnated to start these to prove to myself I could, I seem to be impatient when it comes to waiting for seeds to germinate and sprout. I also wanted to make plants available in a few years for friends and family in Kentucky who have asked if I would plant one for themor I have gotten them to agree to let me plant one, lol. Plus, I want to have some trees for my own use if I move back to KY or somewhere else cold and it is one of my favorite palms truly.

I plan to do a post on the Windmill Palm in the near future for those interested in the Cold Tolerant Palms series type thing I have been writing.


Thanks for Reading,



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Cold Hardy Palms- Part I

Posted by Jake on 28 February, 2009

Okay, so many of you do know that I am originally from Kentucky, until I moved here May 30th, 2008. What you may not realize is that I am was growing palm tree’s and other tropicals even before I moved to Florida. 2008 was suppose to be the year that I was to install my first palm tree’s.

The year 2007 was when everything got started. I planted one Banana Tree, Musa Basjoo; Regular Elephant Ear’s; and a King Sago. They all flourished and I got the idea to search “Cold Hardy Palm Tree’s” and I entered a crazy world, lol. I actually wouldn’t mind if in a few year’s I move back to Kentucky and resume growing palm tree’s and other tropicals there. In northern location’s it is more “special” growing these plants amongst the staple’s of any landscape north of the Georgia-Tennessee state line.

During the winter of 2007-2008 those three type of plant’s saw 3 degrees, three times. That winter was also a very wet winter. It rained constantly, I started calling Lexington, “Little Seattle”. We would get 3″ of rain all at once and then it would drop into the 20’s to 10’s. Then in March of 2008 we received close to 8″ of snow. In late-March we warmed up and the Musa Basjoo started growing and was as big as it was at the end of the season in 2007 by the end of April. My Sago was still solid and it’s roots were still alive, but a new flush of fronds hadn’t started to grow as of May 28th, 2008 when I left it, in northern location’s they can take until June to flush. I also checked the Elephant Ear’s and they were solid and not mushy. They too don’t pop back out in Kentucky until the end of May or beginning of June.

Okay, so the following pictures are from the end of Summer 2007 and the last picture si from May 2008.


So, there you have it, some tropicalesque landscapeing, part II will be coming soon, I hope you enjoyed part I.

Have a great day,


16 days until St. Patrick’s Day!

19 days until Spring Begin’s!

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