Seedlings of the date palm normally produce fruit that is fit only for feeding camels. Furthermore, this palm has a breeding cycle of six years, and its vegetative propagation is very slow. The palm is also dioecious, meaning that each palm is either male or female, but not both. Choosing a male parent on the basis of fruit quality is possible but very difficult. Date palms also occupy a lot of space. Amateurs could be involved in the screening of existing populations of seedling date palms but, in general, this is work for specialists.
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