Common name: Canary Island Date Palm
Species: Phoenix canariensis
Hardiness Zones: 9-11
Place the Phoenix Canariensis seeds in a sterile medium which
is only barely moist but never too wet. Just to be sure you can use a 1-pint
measure (about 550 ml) of vermiculite, moistened with 30 ml (about two
tablespoons) of water. The resulting vermiculite should feel quite dry to the
touch. Nevertheless, don’t be tempted to add more water. Seal the seeds in an
airtight container (such as a plastic sandwich box (recommended)) or a plastic
bag. Place it in a warm-to-hot position; say above the hot-water tank.
Temperatures of 90 degrees Fahrenheit (about 32 C) are ideal. Inspect the seeds
daily. Many species germinate in as little as one or two weeks, although some
books tell you they are likely to take 2 or 3 months! When a root appears,
carefully put the seeds into well-drained compost (e.g., 50/50 standard potting
compost and coarse grit), and keep warm until the shoot appears. When the shoot
appears place the palm in a warm, light place. If your room temperature is cool,
be very careful not to over-water as the roots of some palms (even the humble
date palm) will rot if the compost is kept wet when the palms are not actively
growing. Germination can take longer. Be patient!
Phoenix Canariensis, also called Canary Island Date Palm is
native to the Canary Islands. These stately palms are popular landscape items
in near frost-free climates around the world. The Canary Island Date palm is
regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful and majestic trees and is an
ideal specimen for transplanting. Massive and imposing, this palm is the center
of attention wherever it is planted. Growing up to 60′ tall, the thick, hulking
trunk can reach 3 ft in diameter. It is covered with interesting diamond
designs that mark the point of attachment of the leaves. This palm has a large
crown, up to 40 ft large, of over 50 huge, leathery, alternate leaves that may
reach 20′ long, arching gracefully. The feathery pinnate leaves have 150-299
leaflets each and the individual leaflets are lance – shaped, 12 to 18 inches
long, with the lower half of the petiole covered with 2 – 3-inch sharp spines.
These leaves are shiny deep green, shading to a yellow stem where the leaflets
are replaced by vicious spines. In areas of high rainfall, these palms are
often seen with ferns growing from among the old leaf stems. Decomposing leaf
litter and other fibrous matter collect there creating absorbent compost that
sword ferns love, forming a hanging garden just below the palm’s canopy. The
dioecious flowers are born on dense, hanging (many-branched) 12-18 inches long
clusters. They are creamy yellow – white, opening from a husk-like structure,
appearing periodically throughout the year. Mature palms produce bunches of
cream, bowl-shaped flowers in summer which are followed by small, brown fruit.
The dates are very decorative. The fruit is a fleshy drupe, elliptical, about
1/2 to 1 inch long, orange – brown to dark purple. They ripen in the summer and
are considered edible, although they taste terrible. The seeds are 1 to 1.5
inches long, with its end more rounded than other date seeds. Hardiness zones:
9-11 (-5c/25f, 4c/40f). This palm is very slow growing when young. Once the
trunk reaches its full diameter the growth rate increases. Fertilize it in
spring and summer. It is tolerant of most well drained soils, but you must keep
the lawn grasses and mulch away from its trunk. Use light, fast draining soil
mix when growing it in containers. Young plants are very susceptible to leaf
spot and other fungus infections; which can be treated with fungicide spray,
when grown in humid climates. This is a spectacular palm for landscaping large
areas but can also be used in confined areas in urban landscapes. Plant in a
deep pot that provides plenty of room for the taproot and provide plenty of
light. This palm is frost and drought tolerant and looks best when planted in
full sun. Don’t place young palms too close to walkways where their sharp leaf
spines might injure passersby.
All seeds will come in a resalable
plastic zip lock bag wrapped in a protectant so the seeds are not damaged by
shipping machines. All seed packets contain no fillers or other weeds or seeds
mixed in. Most have been harvested by hand & all test at a high germination
All seed counts should be considered estimates as the seeds is
packaged by hand, there is 2-3 more or less in a bag. We do our best to
ensure accuracy and will often add extra seeds. However, all estimates are
Seeds will ship without tracking numbers. Items
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via USPS. Shipping usually takes anywhere from 3-5 days.
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All seeds have been test sown to ensure germination.
Please familiarize yourself with growing conditions and instructions for your
seeds before you plant them, as all seeds are different. Basic growing
instructions can be found under each listing.
We Cannot Guarantee how much you will be able
to grow, as too many variables come into play, soil condition, your ability to
garden, weather etc. I guarantee that they arrive as described and are in good
viable condition and the germination rates are accurate.