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Do female date palms have more suckers ?

Postby DavidLJ48 » Wed May 17, 2017 7:31 pm

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Do female date palms have more suckers.

I have 3 seedling Medjool date palms, one only has a sucker or two, it bloomed this this year, can tell it is male, tons of pollen . The other two have not bloomed yet, and have sucker that keep coming out as the trees increase in hight; now have suckers on the trunk 3 plus feet from the ground, is that normal ? Is it a hereditary weak default that goes back to early strains or crossed with a Senegal date palm.

Don't want to deal with suckers as the tree goes out, never figured on this problem; the most, poor quality dates.
Sunset zone 14, USDA zone 9b

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