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Acoelorraphe wrightii

Not uncommon in its home in the Florida Everglades and other swampy areas in the Caribbean, this lovely palm typically grows with three or four of its slim trunks towering above the rest of the clump. Small, neat, fan-shaped leaves atop chestnut brown stems gives it an attractive appearance. Requires acidic soil for best color, and, as you might guess, an abundance of water. Very adaptable; suited to tropical as well as temperate climates and can take some frost.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I personally collected seed at maturity and allowed them to cure (dry) for a month then clean and sowed them in a 7 gallon pot, outdoors in 7b, that contained 60% organic (pine bark) and 40% perlite and with regular watering I achieved near 50% after winter lows to 5 and 7 degrees Fahrenheit lows that winter. I am certian that this everglades native sinsetivity to cold weather is why I only achieved 50%. A note 3 year old plants survived 17% Fahrenheit this winter with only tip burn.
Submitted on 19/04/2007 by Jim Rodgers NearlyNativeNursery@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
50 SEEDS/33 GERMINATED IN 3 MONTHS.Very easy to germinated.I live in Puerto Rico,the temp here is around 90*.Soak the seeds in water for 24 hrs,planting in potting mix and keep soil moist all time,when first seed sprout move to indirect sunlight.After 3 months I have 33 seedling.
Submitted on 12/01/2005 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
This species has germinated well for me. I sowed in fall 2002 approximately 500 seeds in two differant 7 gallon pots with rich black wet soil. They were not cleaned and were left out side in zone 7 for the winter. The seeds were exposed two single digit tempatures off and on that winter. The nest spring I had 10 seed germinate and throughout thr summer more (15) germinated. The next winter I brought them in a cold frame which kept the seed and germinated plants at no lower than 30 degrees. The next spring 2003 6 more germinated with 4 more coming up that summer. same winter protection was provided then the spring of 2004 (3) germinated. The 2002 crop are now 16" high and all are growing great. Estimte germintation rate without cleaning or soaking is 7%. Still trying to grow in zone 7!
Submitted on 11/08/2004 by snakeman thegreenplantmarket@charter.net

...difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Not really difficult to germinate, but not really easy either. Germination seems better at higher temperatures around 35C (95F). Also peat seems to be better than potting soil. Most seed germinated within 3 months, but stragglers are possible. Presoaking the seeds did not make a big difference to the germination rate.
Submitted on 24/01/2004 by one of our visitors

...difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
As a medium peat was used. Before sowing seeds were pre-soaked in water for 3 days. Seeds were placed in clear plasticsandwich box with tight lid and kept at 27 - 37 d.C.The medium was kept all the time moist.7 out of 10 seeds sprouted friendly in interval of about a month between first one and seventh one, but after 6 months of sowing.3 ungerminated seeds subsequently rotted.
Submitted by Sergei Leonov serileonov@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I simply use the 'baggy method'. Soak the seeds for about 3 days, bleach them for about 10 minutes at the end and then rinse them clear of the bleach. Use a peat moss/perlite mixture and keep seed about 85 degrees. I get about 80% success using this common method for germination.
Submitted on 23/06/2002 by lowell psalm117@usa.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soak seeds in warm water for 3 days, changing the water twice a day. Using a solution of 10% bleach and 90% water, soak for 3 minutes then rinse with water. Fill 16oz. plastic cups with a mixture of 75% coco-fiber and 25% pearlite lightly damp, plant seeds 1/4" down in the mixture, covering the cup with a plastic sandwich bag sealed with a rubber band. Place in a hot area (I used my garage where it gets 95 degrees during the day and 77 degrees at night). 1st seed germanated in 18 days, 90% in 30 days.
Submitted on 06/08/2002 by John Okdie dragonbam@msn.com

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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Porto in Portugal they need average care and grow normal.
This beauty can grow to a living sculpture, give it room( altought it is sizeable with some pruning of new suckers) water, some fertilize and a hot spot. it tolerates my cool climate and frost very well.
Submitted on 06/06/2010 by one of our visitors

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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.

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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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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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