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The Mexican Blue fan palm or Mexican washingtonia SEEDS, Brahea armata is a palm tree native to western Sonora, and Baja California Sur in northwestern Mexico.  The California Brahea armata grows to 25 m (82 ft) tall, rarely up to 30 m (98 ft).


Pindo Palms - Cold Hardy Palm Trees, (Butia capitata), Pindo Palm trees are beautiful feather-leafed palms with long pinnate leaves that arch and re-curve towards the ground from atop a thick, stout trunk. This beautiful feather palm trees have long pinnate leaves that arch and recurve towards the ground from atop a thick stout trunk. The trunk can grow to 20 feet, but normally reaches 12 to 15 feet with a diameter of 1 to 1.5 feet. Typically, the old leaf stalks persist for years, although specimens with clean trunks are not uncommon. Leaves range from light green to bluish gray and grow 5 to 10 feet long. The leaf stems range from about 2 to 4 feet in length and have spines along both edges. The palm produces bright orange fruit (often called pindo dates in the deep south). These palms vary in form. Specimens raised in dry and/or infertile soils tend to be smaller in stature with smaller leaves. Light also affects the plant's form while those grown in full sun are more compact.

Butia capitata, the Pindo Palm can grow up to 20 feet and has, Long, feathered leaves, Leaves ranging from light green to bluish gray and growing 5 to 10 feet long.
The trunk normally reaches 12 to 15 feet with a diameter of 1 to 15 feet.

Planting Instructions

  • Fill 6-inch-deep pots with sterile medium, such as a mix of half milled peat and half perlite, or half seed-starting compost and half coarse sand. Add water until the medium feels moderately moist in the top 3 inches. Prepare one pot for each seed you want to plant.
  • Place one date palm seed in each container. Press the seed onto the surface of the growing medium so it is halfway buried. Cover the seed with a thin layer of coarse sand. Mist the sand liberally after sowing to help settle it onto the seed.
  • Place the containers in a bright, sheltered spot with indirect sunlight. Warm the containers with a germination mat set to around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover the containers with a propagator or a sheet of plastic wrap.
  • Maintain light moisture in the growing medium to prevent mold and bacterial growth while still providing the seed with the necessary moisture. Let the medium become nearly dry just beneath the surface, then water to a 1-inch depth.
  • Watch for the first grasslike sprouts in three to eight weeks. Leave the propagator and germination mat in place until the date palm seedlings reach 2 inches in height, then turn off the germination mat. Remove the propagator two weeks after germination.
  • Transplant the date palms into 1-gallon nursery containers filled with sand-based potting soil. Grow them under warm, bright conditions outdoors such as near a lightly shaded south-facing wall. Provide 2 inches of water weekly during their first summer.