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Pandanus Utilis?

Columbus, OH

My plan is to soak these overnight, and plant in a very well-draining mix and use bottom heat. Does anyone have any tips on getting these to germinate??


Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)


Pandanus utilis can be propagated by seeds, but these are not easy. Pre-soaking of the seeds for 24 hours before sowing is recommended for Pandanus in general. The germination rate is usually over 50%. Seedlings emerge about 4 months after sowing. After 1216 months they are about 10" tall and ready to be planted out.

Columbus, OH

Thanks, Kay! I'll try to be patient.

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

Keep us updated.

Columbus, OH

I'm in that phase of seed starting where I check the trays 15 times a day for sprouts. lol

Everett, WA(Zone 8a)

>> I'm in that phase of seed starting where I check the trays 15 times a day for sprouts

Me too - the first 5-20 years of indoor seed starting.

I wish I had a webcam on them, and some way to check while I'm asleep ...

Columbus, OH

Rick, I considered a webcam. You make me feel more normal.

Everett, WA(Zone 8a)

Oh, no no no no!

I think that may be the first time anyone hinted that being like me hinted they might be more normal!

How about: "not the ONLY person that far around that particular bend"?

(I just prefer to think of it as "unique", not "abnormal".)

To me they seem liked my babies. I'm not TOO embarrassed to admit that my light shelf is in my bedroom: I sleep with some of my seedlings. But it might be perverse on various levels.

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Columbus, OH

There is NOTHING wrong with that. Nothing. lol

Everett, WA(Zone 8a)

Amen !

Victoria, Australia

The common screwpine (Pandanus utilis) is, despite its name, a tropical tree and not a pine. It is native to Madagascar, Mauritius, and the Seychelles.

In nature, the screw pine grows on the seashore and around tidal lagoons. However, it will tolerate drought, and is very salt tolerant. It will grow faster if it receives plenty of water. Although young plants will tolerate shade, full sun is required for fruiting. Small trees, six to eight feet tall, can be grown in large pots.

Columbus, OH

Here, it will need to live in a pot. If it germinates, which I hope it does....

Columbus, OH

I have a seedling! I'm so happy. I know it sounds absurd to people who live in places where they're easy to grow, but I was so pleased this morning.

Everett, WA(Zone 8a)


It's a baby Pandanus utilis!

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