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Old 11-26-2010, 03:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Does anybody grow Saw palmetto/Serenoa repens?

Anybody has this palm?
Any helpfull info or expirience?
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Old 11-26-2010, 03:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Does anybody grow Saw palmetto/Serenoa repens?

I have many of them, they are a Native plant here. Look at many of the Yunnanensis pictures and in the background are some Saw Palmetto bushes.
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Old 11-26-2010, 04:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Does anybody grow Saw palmetto/Serenoa repens?

I had the seeds, no luck. Bas su teske za klijanje, i to seme od rps.
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Old 11-27-2010, 08:13 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Does anybody grow Saw palmetto/Serenoa repens?

You shouldn't have any trouble with them in zone 9. In zone 7 only a few people are able to get them to survive the winter. In zone 8 there is little difficulty. In zone 9 they should thrive with no special consideration. I'm in zone 7 and have never gotten any to live for long, but I do know someone in a dryer zone 7 who has one that does quite well (occasionally getting killed to the ground in winter but recovering). They sprout easily from seed if the seeds are fresh and clean. They transplant very poorly so plant them where you want them to stay. I've heard that in Florida when they clear land they have a method for transplanting them. They bulldoze them into a pile and light them on fire. They naturally suvive fires in the wild and this seals up any cut roots. You then plant the trunk and it resprouts. They seed very sporadically in the wild (every 5 years or so) but I've read that after a forest fire they all set seed. The theory being that now the forest is cleared of competition and it is a good environment for seedlings. If you ever find fresh seed with fruit wear plastic gloves to clean them. The fruit is very oily and smells horrible. If you are bare handed your hands will stink for days and may have a slight orange color to them after. You might want to look at Southeastern Palm Society for more info. Good Luck!
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Default Re: Does anybody grow Saw palmetto/Serenoa repens?

I have some at my house that are doing poorly (too much shade I'm guessing even though literature says they do fine in shade) and some at a place I take care of and they are doing fantastic.

They can handle into the low teens and supposedly down to 10 degrees F.

They're native to Louisiana as well as the rest of the Gulf Coast eastward. They are difficult to find in Louisiana however but they are around (certainly nursery bought palms). I do know of an island in the middle of the Pearl River near the Gulf Of Mexico that is covered with them. I have never seen any in the wild in Louisiana but I do know they are out there according to several books etc.

I have the silver. I've seen them in St Petersburg, FL and they were quite large and beautiful. I'm always on the look for the green kind. I've had to move one of the ones at my house. They're so small it doesn't seem to mind. I'm going to move it again - into a pot so it can grow ha ha.
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Default Re: Does anybody grow Saw palmetto/Serenoa repens?

Looking at probably planting some of these in a natural area around the bottom of some live oaks. Anybody have any idea on the amount of time needed for them to fill in the area? Looking at doing it cheap, either seeds or cuttings.
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Default Re: Does anybody grow Saw palmetto/Serenoa repens?

I have thousands of them in the forest in my back yard
you can't kill them plants even if you try hard.
a lot of people gather the berries and sell them for good money
but the plant is a great place to find big rattlesnakes real big..............
and the stems are great for roasting hot dogs on a open fire....
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