Back in April, I planted a new nursery bed of coontie seeds, but this time, instead of just burying the seeds and waiting a year for them to sprout, I talked to my Dad who has a legendary green thumb just like his Dad did. (No, that's not nostalgia either ... just the facts Maam)
He told me he scarified his coontie with his Case pocket knife to speed up germination and he peeled off the orangey fruit around the seed. Turns out the orange covering is a growth inhibitor.
Some internet research agreed with his advice, but the pocket knife method seemed to slow so I fired up my dremel carving tool and gently wounded each seed before planting in the seedbed you see above.
Then I waited.
In the meantime, I experimented with planting some Pindo palm (a real palm) and Sago palm (not a real palm, but a cycad like coontie) in these buried pots. The problem with black pots in Pure Florida is they get mighty hot in our intense sun, so burying them up to their necks seems like a simple way around this.
I just did these pots a few weeks ago, so don't hold your breath.
I'll let you know when they sprout.
The cool thing is that while I was installing them next to the April scarified coontie seed bed, I accidently dug up a coontie seed.
AND (never start a sentence with "and", I learned that from Mrs. Simpson, my favorite English teacher ... still not nostalgia, just giving her credit) IT HAD ALREADY GERMINATED!!!
A 4 inch long taproot was already snaking out of the seed.