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Arenga engleri

Dwarf Sugar Palm

This dwarf palm is a very pretty, small, clustering, very tropical-looking palm from Taiwan and the Ryukyu Islands with long, narrow leaflets that have silver backs. A wonderful palm for the sheltered garden in temperate climates, it will tolerate quite deep shade and, once established, several degrees of frost. Also useful in all warmer climates where its brightly colored fruits add to its charm.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Easy to germinate but I later lost my seedlings sown in steralised pelite/compost baggie in airing cupboard
Submitted on 26/03/2004 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I self harvested about one dozen seeds from a mature plant in Orlando, Florida. After painfully cleaning them of their pulp, the seeds were soaked in warm tap water for two days with one water change. The seeds were then sown in 100% Canadian peat moss moistened with tap water and placed into a zip-lock bag. I used the ambient heat of Central Florida to keep them warm. First seedling germinated within three weeks, but quickly died. Six more germinated sporadically over the next three months. Currently, the six are slowly growing as seedlings with only one having produced its first leaf. The other five will be breaking the surface of their substrate (which is now 50% perlite, 30% Canadian peat, and 20% organic humus) within the next month (I get impatient and keep digging them up to see their progress). The remaining seeds still seem good and I'll keep them in their bag until they germinate or rot.
Submitted on 10/03/2003 by Jason C. Skelly Skellsbells@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
verry easy to germinate, first i soaked the seeds for 2 days in the same water.Then i saw them in a heated box , max. temperatur 30 c .After 4 a 6 weeks the first seeds germinated.I think that 90% of my seeds are now 4 a6 cm tal.And you can see already on the first leaf that it is arenga engleri.Goodluck!
Submitted on 26/06/2002 by johan boeckmans johan.boeckmans@pandora.be

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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Porto in Portugal they need average care and grow fast.
This plant is iconic, unique leaves gives a tropical feeling to those in colder areas. My plant got down to -8ºc with not much more than 1ºc by the day and not a scratch. Best grown on a semi-shade ( better bright shade than only shade part of the day) protect from strong wind to keep those nice leaves pristine. Water it very well when its hot and fertilize with organics.
Submitted on 04/06/2010 by one of our visitors

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Dar es Salaam in Tanzania they need little care and grow normal.
I bought this palm in Mombassa,Kenya in august 1993, and planted it on our beach in beach sand, with little water but high ground water level, it is now 5 meters tall with lots of side shoots, I have had no flower or any fruits from it yet, but have been propagating from side shoots, which is not so easy, have 3 now.It is growing in full sun.
Submitted on 20/11/2002 by Hedy van Winkelhof hedy@iwaiafrica.com

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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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