The way we find best
for most species of palms and also cycads is as follows:
Firstly you will need a foam box [used for fish or vegetables] with a
lid! You will then need some perlite and vermiculite mix these 50/50.
Place vermiculite perlite in box - only fill box to around ½ full
to this add 2 litres of water and mix through. This should be enough moisture
to germinate most seed. Seeds should be clean of all flesh and also soaked
in water for 6 to 12 hours. When soaking seeds if water shows discolouration
seed should be cleaned once more you can also add fungicide and insecticide
to the water for soaking.
With 90% of insects [borer, fly, worms etc] we would take out infected
seeds place in plastic bag and destroy.
Spray the insecticide on remain seeds in box a light mist is all that
is required and place lid on box. It makes like a mini gas chamber. This
should not affect the other seeds and or germination.
With fungus a light dusting of fungicide will stop most problems. Also
when soaking seed a fungicide can be used.
Once lid has been on box for 48 hours come back to check underside of
the lid, there should be an even moisture over the top of the lid for
the best results, if not even the box requires a little more water in
the corresponding spot. [under dry section]
Once seeds are cleaned and have been soaked plant the seed on top of the
mix in box. Do not cover with mix. With the seed on top of the mix any
fungal and insect problems can be addressed and bad seeds removed [ bad
seed can be seen dy darking of colour and sometime wet look, saw dust
around seed insect on seed, fungicus growing on seed etc etc
To speed things up you can place boxes on top of an electric blanket set
As seeds germinate simply remove and place in required pot size tube etc
Seed taking over 6 months to germinate check once every 2-3 weeks, sometimes
they will require another mist of water [check the lid]
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