Tropicals forum: How to make your own Hybrid palm.

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Name: Erik
San Juan Island Washington and
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eriktampabay
Mar 8, 2013 12:36 PM CST
First step is to select your trees that are in the same family. So we will start with the Butia Odorata formally classified as Butia Capitata var odarata.Thumb of 2013-03-08/eriktampabay/37a5cb
This palm normally self pollinates as it is unisex. So we emasculate all of the male flowers off of the inflorescence.Thumb of 2013-03-08/eriktampabay/3bce39
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Once all the male flowers are removed we wash the inflorescence and bag it so it can not cross pollinate with other nearby trees.Thumb of 2013-03-08/eriktampabay/f7b2a0
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And that is the first step to making a hybrid palm.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Mar 8, 2013 12:39 PM CST
fascinating - can't wait for the second chapter!
Name: Erik
San Juan Island Washington and
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eriktampabay
Mar 8, 2013 12:41 PM CST
Step two is gathering Pollen from another palm. Which will be the Queen palm. SyagrusThumb of 2013-03-08/eriktampabay/4ed873
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We then take this pollen and introduce it to the flower we emasculated. There are several methods most people prefer using a type of paint brush and brushing the inflorescence with the pollen.
Name: Erik
San Juan Island Washington and
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eriktampabay
Mar 8, 2013 12:45 PM CST
After pollinating we leave it bagged for at least a week to insure there is no other cross pollinating. Here is an inflorescence after being pollinated.Thumb of 2013-03-08/eriktampabay/58e7f2
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Name: Erik
San Juan Island Washington and
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eriktampabay
Mar 8, 2013 12:49 PM CST
3 months later and you are ready to harvest the seeds.Thumb of 2013-03-08/eriktampabay/2e771d
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Name: Erik
San Juan Island Washington and
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eriktampabay
Mar 8, 2013 12:53 PM CST
Sew the seeds and wait for another 3 months for them to sprout.Thumb of 2013-03-08/eriktampabay/1d26f4
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Name: Erik
San Juan Island Washington and
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eriktampabay
Mar 8, 2013 12:56 PM CST
Then sit back and watch them grow.Thumb of 2013-03-08/eriktampabay/643e4f
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Mar 8, 2013 3:37 PM CST
GREAT!! Hurray!
Name: Erik
San Juan Island Washington and
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eriktampabay
Mar 8, 2013 5:40 PM CST
Thank you. You are to kind.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Mar 8, 2013 6:13 PM CST

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Amazing! That's such great information. What a nice thing you've done, sharing it with us!
Name: Erik
San Juan Island Washington and
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eriktampabay
Mar 8, 2013 6:33 PM CST
My pleasure Bubbles. My mentors have been kind enough to share it with me. They have a wealth of knowledge in plants.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Mar 8, 2013 7:39 PM CST
And I'm happy to see you now have two badges Big Grin
Name: Erik
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eriktampabay
Mar 8, 2013 7:53 PM CST
Yes I had time to learn how to use the acorns and how to change my profile.
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Mar 9, 2013 10:15 AM CST

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Thanks for the great step by step Erik. I learned more than how you hybridize palms. The pics really help.
Evan

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