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Areca catechu (Dwarf)

Dwarf Betel Nut Palm

The Betel Nut Palm is widely cultivated in Southeast Asia for its seeds, which contain a mild stimulant. They are fast and easy to sprout, and plants are very fast growing and best suited to warm subtropical and tropical regions. The dwarf variety we offer here has a very compact appearance, a small and particularly dense, full crown of shiny green fronds, a slender crownshaft and a smooth, gray trunk. We believe this form is far superior to the regular Betel Nut Palm in every aspect and has enormous ornamental potential. It is now available in commercial quantities for the first time.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds were ordered from Rarepalmseeds and 4 of ten ordered were already germinating upon arrival. The remaining six were soaked in warm water for one day before being treated to a ten minute bath in copper fungicide liquid, then placed 3/4 of the way down in a mixture of 50% Canadian peat moss and 50% perlite. The entire mix was contained in a black nursery pot (3 gal/12 L) and left in the sun during the summer in Central Florida. Germination of the other six occurred within two weeks. Of the total ten that germinated, five quickly died of damping off. The other five are rather quick growers and have shown good tolerance to prolonged cold (above freezing) temperatures.
Submitted on 10/03/2003 by Jason C. Skelly Skellsbells@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
We can do take its in shade near mistbox or water under tree and wateriring no cover . Its can germinate about 1 month .
Submitted on 07/12/2002 by Chawalit Tungshutawesub Chawada@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
2 hour presoak. No cleaning (leaving fibers on)planted in 50% Sph. moss/Perlite, 100% humidity and 25°C. After one month, 20% germinated. Rest in good shape.
Submitted by Jose in Tenerife ea8ck@inicia.es

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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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