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A Hawaii palm is not so easy to propagate. In addition to the seeds that are difficult to obtain, you need some patience until offshoots of the non-toxic houseplant have formed. How do you get seeds and how do you sow a Hawaii palm tree?

If you are lucky enough to find a flowering Hawaiian palm tree on vacation, you can soon harvest seeds

How do you get seeds?

Seeds for Hawaii palm trees are only available from specialist retailers. Even getting seeds for propagation is not easy either. You need two Hawaiian palms that are not genetically very similar.

When cared for indoors, pollination of the flowers is not to be expected. You therefore have to stroke the flowers several times with a brush.

If pollination has worked, small capsules form in the flowers, in which the seeds ripen. That takes several weeks. When the capsules open, the seed is ripe and can be released with a little pressure.

Seeds can be kept for up to three years

You can sow the seed immediately. Alternatively, let it dry and keep it in a paper bag until you sow it, which you must store in a cool place. You can multiply a Hawaiian palm tree from it for up to three years.

How to sow Hawaiian palm trees

  • Fill the bowl with potting soil or cactus soil
  • moisten the substrate
  • Scatter seeds as thinly as possible
  • press carefully
  • do not cover with soil
  • Cover bowl with plastic lid
  • up to 20 to 25 degrees bright but not sunny

It takes several weeks for the seeds to germinate and for the first cotyledons to develop. Then the plastic hood is removed.

Care of the seedlings

The seedlings of a Hawaiian palm do not tolerate waterlogging. Make sure you keep the substrate only moderately moist. Spraying with soft water is better than watering.

As soon as several leaves have developed, plant the Hawaii palm offshoots in individual pots and continue to care for them like adult plants. Avoid waterlogging so that the trunk does not become soft.


Hawaii palms prefer a very bright location, but do not like direct sun that much. With too much sunlight, the leaves turn yellow. In summer, a Hawaiian palm tree needs a semi-shady place.

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