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Bismarck Palm (Bismarckia Nobilis) | Silver | 3 large seeds | Same Day Dispatch

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Please find for sale 3 freshly imported Silver Bismarck Palm seeds (Bismarckia Nobils). As the Latin name implies, this is very much the most noble of all palm trees named after the German Emperor Otto von Bismarck.  ,This superb palm is grown for its superb color and texture, Easy to grow and care for, Bismarck Palm can regrow from occasional freezes to -4C. It also has excellent tolerance of high, dry heat so will work well in sunny conservatories over winter

Available again in the UK again for first time since COVID disruption to the seed trade business there is only very limited stock for this king of palm trees. Alas these are  expensive due to their rarity and the cost to post these walnut-sized seeds. 

PLEASE NOTE: All orders received before 8pm (Mon-Fri) will be dispatched same day



Germination Guide

  • Light scarify a part of the seed surface with a nail file or similar
  • Soak the seeds for 2 days in warm water (best place is an airing cupboard or other similar hot place)
  • Prepare individual 9cm pots with a 50/50 mix of regular compost and vermiculite or coarse sand
  • Moisten the soil before lightly pressing one seed into each pot and 3cm into the soil 
  • Keep the pots in a shaded, warm spot - use a heat mat if possible
  • Check the soil daily and add water as needed to keep it moist. 
  • The seeds should germinate within six to eight weeks.
  • Remove pots from heat mat once sprouted 
  • The seedlings are ready to plant when they develop a second set of leaves. 

Olly's General Guide to Seed Sowing!



I love sowing seeds and it runs in the family - dad, granddad and finally my great-granddad for whom the hobby helped him get over his experiences in the Great War. I still get a big kick when I see the first seedling poking through from a new plant that I have never sown before or been successful at. However, even the most experienced gardeners draw "blanks" from time to time. Whilst I sow all the seeds that I sell so I know that they are viable, some are trickier than others and problems can arise so here are some tips to make "blanks" few and far between:



1) Don’t Rush! Tempting though it is when that packet arrives in the post to simply bung the seeds in some compost!



2) Google and YouTube are your friends! Take some time so see the methods other people use to germinate the seed. 



3) Think Nature! What conditions do seeds face? For example a seed from a tropical plant will fall to the warm, wet and dark jungle floor. A seed from the mountains of Europe will fall to the floor in Autumn, then have to endure months of freezing temperatures before germinating in the spring. So as growers, what we are trying to do is to simulate the conditions that the seeds will naturally experience and there are plenty of tricks that can be done to short cut the processes somewhat.



4) Good compost pays dividends. The best investment you can make is to purchase three bags - one of potting compost, one of vermiculite and one of horticultural sand. With these three bags I can make up whatever soil type a particular seed likes (although for most seeds I find a 50/50 mix of compost and vermiculite works just fine) 



5) Rot is your enemy. The single biggest danger to seed germination is rot - either before or after "damping off" the seeds germinate. To reduce the risk, ensure you have good free draining soil mix and that it is moist but not wet. Unless the seed variety absolutely requires it I prefer NOT to cover my seeds trays with plastic bags, Whilst germination is often faster this way, it greatly increases the risk of rot. I prefer to place my seed trans inside a watertight plastic tray and water from the bottom - airflow over the surface reduces the risk.



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