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Borassus flabellifer

Palmyra Palm

Supposedly the most numerous palm in the world, it is inexplicably rarely seen as an ornamental, which is a shame as its round crown of costapalmate, blue/green leaves is stunning.. The big seeds put down a long 'sinker', so on germination, plant in its permanent position, or choose a very deep pot. The Palmyra palm is ideal for the dry tropics.

Perhaps the most numerous and widespread of all palms in the world, surprisingly the large seeds are rarely available. Suitable for subtropical and tropical climates, the Palmyra palm produces a breathtaking large specimen tree with a distinctive round crown of costapalmate, grayish leaves. Seedlings require a deep container to accommodate the first long tap root that emerges from the tennis ball-sized seed; alternatively, plant it in its permanent position in the ground. While commonly cultivated for commerce in India, its potential as an ornamental is yet to be exploited.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
These palm grow every ware in Cambodia and grow fast and it is a useful tree. The sap can be make in to sugar it also drinkable and the fruit can be eaten young are rips the rips fruit can be make in palm cake. I try to grow the seed in Cambodia in the rice field where I took 3 of the seeds and grow it in my famliy land. It took about a week and a root showed from the seed.
Submitted on 28/12/2006 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
This palm is very easy and it can take a week or a month these palm grow eveyware in Cambodia. People eat the young seed or rip fruit and they sap are drinkable it sap also make into palm sugar is a useful palm. I try the seed in Cambodia in my family fram wear there are these palm grow everywear on the rice fields i try planting on the ground and root take about a week this is a easy palm and useful in Asia.
Submitted on 20/12/2006 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I was given one fresh seed at the spring palm sale at Fairchilds Tropical Garden. I left it in my truck in a bag and when I went to clean it the following afternoon it had germinated. I potted it up in a large cone above a 7 gal container. I was very suprised how fast it germinated.
Submitted on 28/03/2004 by Doug DLG702000@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I put seeds in 1/2 in the earth in my room by temperature about 18-21 C and a root started to grow after 2 weeks. I had water it each 2 days and the top was covered by plastic folie. It's wonderfuly hardy palm.
Submitted on 04/01/2003 by one of our visitors

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plant cultivation comments by our visitors
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Plants from this species ...

In Phnom Penh in Cambodia they need very little care and grow normal.
I spout these palm in Cambodia where their every in Cambodia. I grow the palm in my family garden framing that I pick up some seed from a adult tree. The seed is very easy to grow take a week or sometimes a month. There is already a bigger palm on our garden that get some seed. The one I grow is outside is in full sun it growing in drit and it about 5 year old and the leave is about 20 inch. Is a nice palm and fast when older and a very useful palm.
Submitted on 09/01/2007 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.

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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