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Archontophoenix purpurea

Mt. Lewis King Palm

A rare relative of the King Palm, A. purpurea is easily recognized by its long, purple crownshaft and large, red fruit. It is native to montane rainforests in far N.E. Queensland and is best suited for cultivation in cool temperate to tropical climates.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Planted 10 seeds in a one gallon nursery pot of potting mix topped with seed starter mix. Temps over 100 degrees F during the day and within 2 mos. they're shooting up fast!
Submitted on 31/07/2006 by William Read weread@mac.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
No soaking. Place 100 fresh seeds 1/2 buried in damp peat in large clear plastic storage bin with lid. Kept outdoors in shade during hot summer days. 95% germination in 3-4 weeks. keep seedlings out of direct sun for first 1-2 yrs. Fast growing at early age. Do not store seeds long. will not germinate if they dry out. I lost 900 seeds due to this mistake.
Submitted on 17/03/2006 by john cleveland JDC01@CABLEONE.NET

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
An amazing Palm that occurs from Black Mountain near Cairns to the Big Tableland just south of Cooktown in the Wet Tropics of Australia. It grows well in cool climates, doesnt grow well in Cairns due to excessive heat. natural habitat experiences cold winters down to 5 degrees with maximums near 20 degrees C. The fruit are large, the trees are very obvious in habitat with dark purple crown shafts and ringed trunks. Grows in very wet montane-highland rainforests, crowns often exposed to full sun. Grows in full sun if given water and mulch. Looks like a A. alexandrae on steroids!! From Kris
Submitted on 31/05/2005 by Kris Kupsch tropicalbotanics@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seed came clean and partially germinated. No presoak was done. They were planted directly in 50% p. moss/perlite, 25ºC, 100% humidity. After 1 month, 90% germination.
Submitted by Jose in Tenerife ea8ck@inicia.es

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In Burringbar in Australia they need average care and grow normal.
I have found this species needs shade when young. All the specimens I tried to establish in full sun - died. In the wild the mature plants are exposed to full sun. They dislike coastal tropical climates - preferring to have cooler nights which experience some condensation during the drier times. I have specimens in the ground which receive no watering, although our average rainfall is about 80 inches a year.
Submitted on 23/01/2010 by Kris Kupsch

... are of high ornamental value
In Far Northern New South Wales. in Australia. they need average care and grow normal.
This palm grows quite easily in pots in a good quality potting mixture with ample water but likes bright light not full sun as a seedling.When being planted in the ground this species is a little slow to get established & needs a little extra water & liquid fertiliser.The soil should be rich & well drained & the position should be well lit although they tolerate full sun from an early age.This species does'nt like salt laden coastal winds. This species also tolerates quite cold temps down to-1 deg c & light frosts.
Submitted on 15/02/2006 by Matt mjjaclar@bigpond.net.au

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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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