Propagating Native Plants: Sabal minor

Sabal minor
Sabal minor

Super tough native palm that tolerates a variety of soils and shade. I thought it would be fun to try to grow one from seed.

When to sow: Sow when the seed is still fresh.

Special treatment: Collect when the berry hasn’t dried or hardened so the seed can be removed. A cold and moist stratification for about a month is recommended by most. Do not let the seed dry out.

Fresh or dried seed: Fresh

Planting depth: 1/2 – 1 inch

Preferred temperature for germination: One source said germination proceeds quickly at 70-75 degrees F but did not mention if the seeds were first stratified.

Days to germination: ?

Vegetative propagation: May produce pups.

Sabal minor berries
Sabal minor berries
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4 thoughts on “Propagating Native Plants: Sabal minor

  1. Sabal are good reminders of why it is beneficial to use natives. There is a wisdom to the ways these plants have acclimated that reminds us that as gardeners we can have but minimal impact if our plant choices aren’t appropriate for our climes.

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    1. They are nice and I actually like the slow growing part for the spot I am thinking of. In some cases the shrubs I have planted in the past get delusions of grandeur and try to be trees. Growing one from seed though. hahaha It will look like a tiny house plant for years I imagine.

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