Date Palm: Can I Grow One from a Pit?
Finding a Pit to Germinate
Growing a Date Palm
Upon Googling my date pit to see if others have been successful at germinating a date pit, I find that there are many people who have grown a date from a pit.
This all started the other day, my desire to grow a Date palm. I had a craving for a Date cookie and was reminiscing about the gift boxes of Amport Dates my parents used to receive at Christmas from my dad's sister. She'd mail us a box of assorted date treasures. It usually contained dates that were just themselves, plus some date balls. It came with a fancy little plastic fork for spearing the dates from the package.
I just remember that the dates were chewy, gooey and sweet.
I Found a Container of Dates
This is a Date
Paper Towel in Plastic Sealed Bag
Pits Paper Towel and Water - Seal Up
Advice from a Forum
How About You
Do you have any advice on how to keep a Date pit growing and thriving?
Time Will Tell
Now that I have my date palm pit in a plastic bag with a wet paper towel, I will now go place this bag in my germination box.
I have a plastic tote that has a grow light sitting inside it. I keep it in my basement out of the way. I have a large, dark plastic bag around it to keep it somewhat protected. I have dogs running in the house during the night and the bag helps keep the cover on. I keep the box light on at all times. That's another reason why I cover it. If I see a light on, I turn it off, so it's best to hide it from myself and my OCD tendencies. Smile.
I Potted The Two
I got one to grow and potted it in potting soil. I watered it well and placed the container in a paper bowl. I added water to the bowl, just to make sure that it was hydrating from the bottom. I covered the palm with a quart jar, like a mini green house. The temperature in the house is cool by the window, since it is winter here. So, I thought a jar would protect it for a while until it established itself.
I had a second pit that germinated, and I potted that one too in a red solo cup. It poked out the other day with a sprout, so I repotted it in a second pot. I did not cover the second one with a quart jar. Am experimenting with hardiness.
Same plan. Pot is sitting in a paper bowl and I plan to water from the bottom also.
They Are Growing
As you can see from the one photograph, the palm is progressing. It has grown to a point where I can see ribs in the leaf and I notice that there are two leaves that are separating.