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Growing A Palo Verde Tree From Seed.
The best way to propagate a new palo verde tree is by planting a palo verde seed, but there are a few key steps you'll need to follow to ensure success. "Palo verde" is Spanish for "green stick." Palo Verde trees are a beautiful flowering tree native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. With proper care palo verde trees can reach a height of 32 feet and a trunk diameter of 1.5 - 2 feet. As a desert native the palo verde tree is also ideally adapted for high heat and low rainfall an will develop an incredibly deep root system.
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Growing A Palo Verde Tree From Seed In 5 Steps
1. Prep your palo verde planting space. Use 5-7 inch planting pots with plenty of drainage. Fill your planting pots with a mixture of 2 parts coarse sand, 1 part planting soil and 1 part perlite. Add water to the mixture until it feels moderately moist in the top 2-3 inches.
2. Nick the end of each palo verde seed with a utility knife, file or sandpaper. You'll want to create enough of a scratch to deeply incise the seed but such a deep cut that the seed coating is completely punctured. Soak the nicked seeds in warm water overnight to further weaken the hard, impermeable seed coating of the palo verde seed.
3. Sow one palo verde seed in each pot. Plant your palo verde at a depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep. After planting spread a 1/4-inch-thick layer of mulch over the surface to help hold moisture in the soil.
4. Keep your palo verde seeds warm. The ideal temperature to keep your palo verde pots is around 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the moisture level in the growing mixture each morning. Add water whenever it feels barely damp in the top 1/2 inch. Watch for the first seedlings in approximately one to two weeks.
5. Grow the palo verde seedlings in a very lightly shaded area of the garden during their first summer. Provide 1 inch of water each week during the summer months. Acclimate the palo verde seedlings to direct sun in late summer so they won't wilt after transplant.
Palo Verde Tree Care Tips
Palo verde (C. microphyllum) thrive within U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 to 10, where they are often used in landscaping as a drought-tolerant, low- maintenance ornamental tree. All palo verde species propagate best from seed, which will germinate rapidly once sown in moist, fast-draining soil.
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