Modern Day Kentia Palm Seed Germinating.

The biggest problem with germinating Kentia Palm seed in raised beds was that each time a picking occurred then all the planted seed in the bed was disturbed. At the end of the picking we had to go through the bed and virtually replant all the leftover seed again, and then make sure that seed that had just begun to germinate, and showing a very small spike, was placed in the correct upright position so that it could then develop through the mixture covering. This was very time consuming but needed to be done, so at the next picking the spikes of the seedlings would be vertically developed instead of having developed under the mixture sideways or downward.
Over the years we tested other methods of seed germinating by using plastic tubs and polystyrene boxes, and these helped to eliminate the full process of replanting a raised bed after picking. It was much easy to just rearrange the seed after an initial picking in individual tubs or boxes.
The last seed germinating exercise I did was with flute cardboard boxes and this method of germinating proved to be the best. We also changed our planting medium mix for the flute boxes by using cocopeat, which was a natural fibre made from coconut husks. The germination rate achieved with this mixture constantly was always well above average, and the seedlings of a high quality.

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