Can anyone help me find some palm tree seeds and advice on how to cultivate them?
Alternatively, can anyone point in the direction of very small palm trees that I can grow on?
I suppose it depends on what species of palm you want to grow. If you google palm trees you get many suppliers. Try them. Alternatively try the RHS website.
Date stones are very easy to germinate.
CHILTERN seeds have quite a few palm seeds in their list.
Make sure you do an internet search first on the species you choose to make sure that it will germinate easily and that it stays small. Many need fresh seeds.
Date palms do germinate very easily(stones from dried fruit) and do grow into attractive trees with the stereotypical pinnate leaves you expect from palms. They seem to grow slowly indoors.
I would probably look for a young tree rather than try and germinate one from seed. Have you tried you local gardencentre? Shops like homebase etc also tend to have small palms as well.
Where are you planning on keeping it?
ebay is risky for seeds. There are many good sellers but there are also lots selling seeds that have little or no chance of germinating. I have bought seeds from ebay for them not to geminate, research on the internet then suggested there was no chance of them ever geminating as they were not fresh enough.
Lots of people selling seeds collecting from their own plants or even fruit & veg from their groceries as well as fraudulant sellers with their rainbow roses and blue strawberries.
I fo with Invicta's idea of date stones.
Or, for a plant, I know that these people are reliable.
if you use facebook , there's a group called " hardy tropicals gardening"
Very clever bunch in there . I'm sure they'd be able to help.
Thank you for taking the time to reply.
I will certainly be taking up the advice given!