A lot of botanists would like to know answer for the question: “How long can seeds save their germination?” Unfortunately, nobody has the accurate data still. However, a group of scientists has recently made important steps in searching of it.Decades ago a 2,000-year-old seed was plucked from an archaeological excavation near the Dead Sea. After many years lingering in a researcher’s drawer in Tel Aviv, Dr. Elaine Solowey, director of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies at Kibbutz Ketura in Israel, decided to give germination ago. Ten years later, the palm (Phoenix dactylifera) is thriving and producing pollen. This modern day miracle has been covered by many reputable scientific journals (“Science”, “National Geographic”, etc.) as well as discussed in mass media (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judean_date_palm). The 11-year-old sprout is currently thriving on the territory of Kibbutz Ketura.
I am happy that I had an opportunity to watch the unique palm in the end of 2016. If you will travel to Eilat from North parts of Israel, you also will able to see the plant in Kibbutz Ketura.