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Caryota monostachya

Dwarf Fishtail Palm

If you think a Caryota will get way too large for your garden, consider this plant from subtropical forests in southern China and Vietnam: This well-behaved dwarf species will grow no taller than 3 m (10 ft.), sporting densely clustering, slender trunks and graceful bipinnate leaves. Apart from its small size, it is immediately recognized by its inflorescence that consists of a single, unbranched spike. Caryota monostachya is a little-known species that still is extremely rare in cultivation.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Most seed germinated, appear cool hardy, 5c low in winter only 29c highs in Summer, one of the easier seeds to raise, no deaths from seedlings onwards, planted when small, growing strongly
Submitted on 19/05/2008 by one of our visitors

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

... are of high ornamental value
In LOXAHATCHEE in United States they need average care and grow normal.
I was extremely surprised this winter when my 3 gallon plants survived 2 hard freezes (28 degrees) protected only by 50% shade cloth, without a mark. They are 3 & 4 feet tall from seed, under 50% shade, watered daily, planted in peat, perilite, bark and sand. I bought the seed from RPS a couple of years ago and wish I had more. I am loving this plant. I believe this will be a great screening plant for someone who doesn't want the height of a standard Caryota.
Submitted on 07/04/2010 by Betty Ahlborn

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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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