No, when you find ancient seeds you cannot just plant them in the ground and expect them to sprout. Solowey, the director of an experimental orchard of Kibbutz Ketura in Israel had to do a lot of research before doing anything with the Judean Date Palm seeds.
She soaked the seeds in hot water to make them able to absorb liquid once again. Then she soaked them in a solution of nutrients and then an enzymatic fertilizer made of seaweed. A Jewish holiday known as the New Year for Trees, or Tu B’shevat, was the day Solowey decided to plant the seeds.
She did everything in her power to make sure they weren’t contaminated. By March 18th, Solowey saw date shoots. The first leaves were white and gray and looked like corduroy, but were completely flat. As time went on, the leaves looked increasingly healthy and the tree seems to be healthy.
Since dates are either male or female, they have to wait for it to mature to know. They hope for a female, though, so it will bear fruit, which will take about four years to find out.http://bit.ly/N0g8rL
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