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Archontophoenix alexandrae (Beatriceae)

Mt. Elliott King Palm

Originally collected on Mt. Elliott near Townsville, Australia, this popular cultivar is noteworthy for its adaptability and its sturdier, more robust appearance. It can be distingushed by its thick trunk base, "stepped" by the scars of fallen leaves.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds from rarepalmseeds.com, presoaked for a week then placed individually in very little pot of peat in a mix of agroperlite 30% and peat 70%. Temperature of about 32°C 24h/24h. After 3 weeks 70% already sprout!!!
Submitted on 17/04/2007 by Alessandro Pizzino alepizzino@yahoo.it

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I recieved 8 seeds and the first 2 seeds germinated after only 5 days. I put them in large petri-dishes (from the laboratory I work for) with special germinating ground and put the petri-dishes on top of my aquarium. The heat from the lamp was turned off automatically at 10 o' clock in the evening and on at 7 o'clock in mornig. So at night there was no additional heat, though my room temperature will not get underneath 21 Celcius. The rest of the seeds, except for two, germinated about a week or two later.
Submitted on 06/11/2006 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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