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Areca guppyana

Sacred Palm

A dwarf Areca from New Guinea and the Solomon Islands with a very slender trunk to about 3 m (10 ft.) tall, carrying a narrow crownshaft and an open crown of deep green leaves with only a few, very wide segments. The fairly large, bright red fruits can be used as a substitute for betel nut. It is best suited to a tropical climate.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Water, warmth and time is all that is needed. I collected the seeds fresh from the palms, placed them in a foam vegetable box in good quality, free draining potting mix, just a centimeter below the surface. The box was situated in a place which recieved only morning sun, watered every few days as if young seedlings were growing. This was kept up for about seven months before some young shoots appeared. Twelve seeds were planted, after nine months all twelves shoots had appeared.The trick is to treat that planter box as if it were living, most of my friends, who I shared seeds with gave up after a few months, with no shoots ever appearingI also have the advantage of living in the tropics, my approach was to provide a pemanent wet season for the seeds. I would suggest a colder climate would need longer time and/or a warm area, indoors or a glass house.
Submitted on 07/07/2007 by David Dickson thenumberofthetroutis666@gmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I used a hot lamp placed about two inches away from seeds and monitored the temperature for about two months. Seeds germinated okay but due to a combination of cold winds about 50F and sometimes too much rain they haven't progressed. the weather is warming up so I expect they'll improve.
Submitted on 02/04/2004 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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