Butia capitata (Jelly Palm) seeds
Hardy Palm (Hardy to -5C when mature)
Position: Full sun in well drained soil
Packet of 10 seeds
Pre-sowing Treatment: Soak the seeds for 10 days changing the water twice a day.
Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year. Sow individually in small pots or a tray of moist seed compost mixed 50:50 with vermiculite. The seeds should be half buried lengthwise. Seal pots in a polythene bag and place in a propagator or other warm place (eg. on a windowsill above a radiator). Maintain an optimum temperature of 30C during the day and 20C at night. Germination can be erratic but should take place in 1-3 months.
Growing Instructions: As the seedlings emerge, gradually increase ventilation by opening the propagator vents or the polythene bag. Grow the seedlings on, re-potting as necessary and protect from frost for the first couple of winters. Harden off completely before planting out in a sunny, sheltered position away from strong winds which can tear the leaves. Protect with bubble wrap and/or a fleece jacket for the first few years and in very cold temperatures.