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Areca macrocalyx

Highland Betel Nut Palm

A tall and fast growing, solitary palm with a dense crown of lush, dark green leaves with broad leaflets. Native to the mountains of New Guinea, it will do well in humid tropical and subtropical climates.

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...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
This species has a particularly thick hairy covering, very similar to the fibers of a cigarette butt. This seems to contribute to fungal infection. The ones I get to germinate to so in a couple of weeks with heat. Most of those quickly damp off. I would recommend removing the fibers, then treating with a fungicide before sowing. When they are transplanted, make sure the medium is well drained.
Submitted on 22/02/2005 by Jason Skelly skellsbells@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I ordered a packet of ten seeds. Upon arrival, I soaked the seeds for 24 hours and removed the husk. To my surprise four of the seeds had small roots already showing. One of the roots broke off during handling when I placed five seeds each in plastic bags containing moist peat moss. Within ten days all but one of the seeds had germinated and most had 2-3 inch spears coming up through the peat moss. the only seed that did not germinate is the one I broke the root off of, and the larger seedlings are greening up well. These were the easiest variety of palms I have ever germinated, among the 30 plus types I have growing.
Submitted on 02/08/2003 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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