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Date palm tree

Phoenix dactylifera

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Date palms are well-known for their sweet fruit. It was a staple food in Middle East and Indus Valley for thousands of years. Fossils have been found indicating palm trees were growing on the earth for 50million years already!!! It is a well-known palm tree that traveled over the whole world for the love of the sweet fruit - often dried or depitted and kept for long times.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

Harvest fruit when colored and ripe.

Propagation

Seed
Seed wil produce half male and half female seedlings with only the females producing fruit in the future.
Cuttings
Cuttings from a known female plant is the preferred method for date growers.

Special features

Drought resistant
Palm trees can survive dry deserts!

Geography

Origin
Islands around Iraq
Natural climate
Subtropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Edible
The sweet date fruit is a favourite to many !

Personality

Family
Arecaceae
Flower colour
Green
Scent
None

Problems

Birds love the fruit!

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