The Florida Thatch Palm is a small, slender-stemmed palm tree that is native to southern Florida, the Caribbean region and Central America. It is widely grown in these regions as an ornamental plant. It is a fan palm and it has glossy, bright green leaves on long, slender stalks. The leaves are deeply divided into narrow segments with drooping leaf tips. Leaves are 2-3 feet in diameter. It usually grows up to 10-20 feet tall but it can occasionally grow up to 28 feet in height. These tall, slender specimens make wonderful garden specimens and are especially effective when they are in small groups. This species grows wild in coastal regions and is tolerant of drought and sandy soils. In Florida, it grows in the southern peninsula and in the Florida Keys. In the Keys, it is common and forms thickets and grows and as understory in the tropical forests. Small, white flowers are produced in long clusters. The flowers are followed by globose, white fruits. The fruit clusters are long and arching and are an ornamental feature of the plant. It is a reliable and easy-to-grow ornamental for tropical and warm subtropical areas. A great palm for coastal regions.
- Soak the seed in water for 24 hours.
- The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Put the soil in a pot. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet.
- Put the seeds on the soil.
- Cover the seeds with a layer of soil that is 0.5 inch thick.
- Water the seeds.
- Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade.
- When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.