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Acanthophoenix crinita

An unusual forest palm from high altitude (to 2000m/6500ft) on Réunion island (Mascarene Islands), reduced to danger level by the uncontrolled collection of its edible 'cabbage' in the past. Slow growing to begin with, it speeds up as it gets bigger, and produces a beautiful, if somewhat spiny palm with a slender, ringed trunk, elegantly arching feather leaves and a prickly crownshaft in a number of years. This palm is suitable for warm temperate and cool tropical climates and will do best in sun or partial shade.

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Seeds from this species ...

... need up to 3 months to sprout.
Acanthophoenix crinta seeds germination is moderately easy. The soil ph MUST be Low (acidic) to moderate (neutral).
Submitted on 12/09/2005 by Avram Sorina asorina@home.ro

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
This palm is the easiest palm I have ever grown. I only have seven species, but this one takes the cake. It is so easy to grow that it grows itself. I didn't tend to it at all. I just put it in a pot with moist warm soil, and in about 2 weeks it grew.So for beginning palm growers, this is one easy palm to start with.
Submitted on 08/03/2005 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy grower. cleaned off freshly picked seeds, soaked for 2 days. planted 4 seeds in jungle mix potting soil in a baggy. kept on a shelf in dim light. 2" shoots came up 2 weeks later.
Submitted on 21/03/2004 by anton chuidian wutang8364

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
brightlight, soaked seeds in ethryl, moist media, I used a premium gravel for filtration and used hydroponic method.
Submitted on 21/03/2002 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
the best posible way of the old timers......Dig a 3' deep by 3' square and fill half of it with fresh cut grass from your lawn.then place your seed in 1/4 of it than top it off with fresh cut grass.than cover it up with dirt and keep it damp.the heat generated by the grass will help germinate at a great speeds.must keep cloae attention after the 5th day when sprouting must remoce from the danger of killing them.
Submitted on 08/03/2002 by Ramone shqipo@tetova.ch

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
This species's seeds need temperature at about 36oC to sprout in a week and a month to germinate.
Submitted on 08/03/2002 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Under ca 20-25°C 80% germination within 4 weeks; no difference between soaked seeds and direct-in-sfagnum-seeds.
Submitted on 03/03/2002 by Henk hsloesen@hetnet.nl

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

We recommend:
The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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Suitable for: all

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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