Striking, exotic-looking, evergreen palm with large, fan-shaped leaves and sprays of fragrant, creamy-yellow flowers in early summer. One of the hardiest of all palms, hardy in most parts of the British Isles, but best grown in a sheltered position to avoid wind damage to the leaves.
Winner of the Award of Garden Merit.
Hardy Palm (protect from frost when young)
Flowers: Early summer
Height: to 9m
Packet of 10 seeds
Pre-sowing Treatment: Soak the seeds in water which starts off hand hot for 24 hours.
Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year. Sow individually in small pots of moist, peat-based seed compost, eg Levington, and cover lightly. Seal pots in a polythene bag and place in the fridge for 4 weeks. After this, move to a propagator or other warm place and maintain an optimum temperature of 13-18C. 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.