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Arenga pinnata

Sugar palm

Big, fast growing tropical tree that is used in Asia to produce a crude kind of sugar from the sap of the cut off inflorescenses. The trunk is covered with old leafbases and fibres in the fashion of Trachycarpus fortunei, but on a giant scale, and the long, pinnate leaves, are silvery on the underside. Makes a very interesting potted plant when young, and an impressive, large tree for the tropical garden when older.

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...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked in tap water with littl fungicide for 15days, and planted in moist pit in clear plastic container, Germinated in 25 days 85%.
Submitted on 19/12/2004 by Hamad Alfalasi Hmalfalasi@gmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Arenga Pinnata. The first seeds to germinate from a total of 5 different tropical species. Seeds germinated after 6 weeks in a zip lock bag filled with moist Pete Moss, at moderate ambient Temperature (Daily fluctations from 70 F to 90 F) Location Houston Texas
Submitted on 17/10/2004 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Easy to germinate but takes time, seeds were soaked for 3 days in water, water was changed every day, a mix from sand, peat moss and vermeculite was used 1:1:1. First seed germinated after approx. one month, then few ones started to show up accordingly. Proess of Germination kept going on for almost a year now and still I notice new germinations take place for the rest of the seeds. About 1000 seeds were planted can't tell the percentage of success as I planted it in a very big pot, this make it hard to count but generally talking, a considerable number have shown up above the soil with glory! I placed the pot in a sunny spot and covered it with a plastic sheet, take the sheet off in the very hot days in order to avoid over heating. I keep the mixture always damp by keeping a good eye on it every day and spraying it if needed water. I used anti fungus twice so far by putting in irrigation water, systemic kind was used. Very interesting palms but need care and patience
Submitted on 28/06/2004 by Khaled Omar khaledgab@hotmail.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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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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