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Caryota mitis

The Clustered Fishtail Palm is probably the most widely grown of its kind, and for good reason. This foliage plant germinates and develops quickly, becoming an attractive, bushy, medium-sized palm, sporting many dark green, bipinnate leaves with fishtail-shaped leaflets that are unique to Caryota. C. mitis is native to Southeast Asia. It is a well-tested, easy-to-grow, and really reliable palm, and will grow in nearly any frost-free climate from warm temperate to tropical.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
In spring remove the flesh carefully from the seed ( the red fruit containing the seed is toxic if ingested and can cause severe chemical burns if in contact with skin), Then soak the seed for 24 hours and sow immediately in pots using standard soil-less seed mix either coir or peat, mixed with 1/16-1/8 in. fine grit, then place under protection at 68 degrees F. Germination takes 1-3 months.
Submitted on 09/10/2006 by Wyatt Reinhart Dogseadepression@Yahoo.com

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
this , together with Veitchia merrillii, I just popped into a poly bag with some dampened spaghnum moss. Voila palm plants!!I suppose that collecting fresh seed here in Jamaica goes a long way to sucess.
Submitted on 15/04/2006 by Susan McNally susan8mcnally@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate.
5% germination after 1 mo. at 95F-105F max and 65F-75F min in Ziplock bag. No presoak in 50% sand, 50% peat mix.
Submitted on 23/08/2004 by Al Freeburne FreeburnesHoney@cs.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Collected fresh seeds from a private garden in south cameroon. Seeds very fresh, started them off in a glass tank with moist peat and a 2 inch layer of vermiculite on top, temp around 25c. Important to use fungiside to soak seeds in for a couple of days first and spray the surface regularly with the same solution. Germination began 2 weeks after sowing, very slow after this though.
Submitted on 08/05/2004 by Vic Silver vic.s@breathe.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I picked up about 5 of these seeds from a tree in Vieques, P.R. I planted all of them in a small pot in a room in my house at a temperature of about 70 degrees in shade and all of them sprouted within a week.
Submitted on 05/03/2004 by Anton C wutang8362@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Country these seeds were harvested in: Kho PHi Phi Island /Thailand
This is where we got the seeds from: Kho PHi Phi Island /Thailand
Seed harvest season in this country if known: dry time in this aera of Thailand (02/2001)
Details on start peak and last seed germinated. 1st started ~4 weeks most ~8 weeks last ~16 week. Description and possible causes of seeds that died after germination. some died by planting them to bigger pots next time I put them directly in pots. Pretreatments and pest or fungi problems that occurred 1 day presoaked. Other comments and useful information: they were 1-2 weeks old when I was sowing the seeds
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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In north in Fiji Islands they need little care and grow very fast.
Grows nearly anyplace however it does start to yellow if given full sun exposure without plenty of water. Has also been a good performer in coastal conditions but does not look as good as others with a kinder enviroment. Transplants well if kept very wet for at least one month after planting. Even our 20 foot plants have transplanted without loss of leaves. The secret is lots of water.
Submitted on 10/02/2007 by Jim Valentine snlsavusavu@connect.com.fj

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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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