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Sabal Seeds: experience and a couple of questions
Posted by Ken-Charlotte
on 11/20/2019, 4:43 pm
I have about 10 S. Minors, 2 S. Brazoria, 2 S. Louisiana, and 1 S. Birmingham. All are prolific seeders, except the Birmingham, which puts out only a very few or in some cases no, seeds.
I think the general rule-of-thumb is to let the seeds continue to live on their stalk when the seeds are green; when the seeds turn Black, they are ripe/ready to harvest. This is tricky, as when Blackness occurs, the seeds seem to disappear rather quickly (birds, the wind, possibly rodents at work).
I have a Sabal Minor with 3 seed stalks. Two have all black seeds today, while the other one has all green seeds. Sunlight exposure for all 3 are identical. What is going on here?
Will harvested Green seeds later turn Black, or are they worthless?
I have never had any luck intentionally trying to grow any Sabal variety from seeds in a pot. Conversely, just allowing them to come up the year after falling on the ground produces them in huge, weed-like quantities.