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Siciliancactus
May 11, 2020 3:04 PM CST
Hello everyone. So here's the story. I planted this palm seed inside a plastic bag with moist soil and kept it in a dark warm room for two months. It managed to successfully germinate. I then planted the seedling on a small pot with sand mix soil, been watering regularly and giving it as much sunlight as possible (up to 18 hours per day. The seedling managed to peek out of the soil but after that, it's growth stopped for over three weeks now. I took it out momentarily today to see if it's still alive or dead? Took a pic and planted it back. Would any of you know by looking at this photo whether it looks dead or alive to you, and whether I should leave it in the pot under the sun, or put it back inside a plastic bag with moist soil, in the dark?

Thanks everyone so much.
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DaisyI
May 11, 2020 4:54 PM CST
The soil was kept too wet and the root tip rotted. Soil is always wetter on the bottom of a pot then at the surface. Roots always grow first so, it hadn't gotten around to leaves yet. I'm not sure what damage was caused by unpotting and repotting or the rotting root tip.
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mcvansoest
May 11, 2020 4:56 PM CST
It looks dead to me, but I am in no way an expert on growing palms from seed, so I would wait for more people to check in before doing anything drastic...
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Hallow
May 11, 2020 6:43 PM CST
Looks like it's hanging on for dear life. I doubt it will recover. Once a top on a palm is damaged or cut the don't regrow. I know palms look tropical but most grow in dry regions and like it more dry then wet.
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DaisyI
May 11, 2020 9:06 PM CST
What top? It hasn't grown one yet. Smiling
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Maui4me
May 19, 2020 3:10 PM CST
What type of palm is it?
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Siciliancactus
May 21, 2020 2:40 PM CST
Thanks everyone! Not sure what type of palm it is. I got it off this plant which you can see in the picture. Pic was taken in Sicily. In Italy, we call these "palma nana". It's short with large leaves and yellow dates.

So the seed above died like you all correctly guesses. Good news is, today its little brother emerged from the soil on the same pot.

Won't do the same mistake again and avoid watering it too much. Though not sure how much is too much for Palm seedlings!
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