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Caryota ochlandra

Chinese Fish Tail Palm

Certainly one of the hardiest of the Caryota, this fishtail palm from China has a relatively small crown of doubly-pinnate leaves with fish-tail shaped leaflets and a fairly slim trunk. In common with others in the genus, it requires plenty of water and a rich soil. Given these it is very fast growing. A moderately-sized species suitable for all but the coldest climates.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate.
I got 100 seeds from RPS and in less than 1 month over 30 have sprouted. 50/50 peat-perlite. The rest seem fine, will update as time goes by.
Submitted on 14/03/2010 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate.
i put them in a baggie with damp (to very moist) peat moss. i keep them at 90 degrees. 10% germinated with in 1 week!
Submitted on 23/01/2008 by randy decker yachtingone@yahoo.com

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Pre soaked in warm water for 3 days, before being placed into foam boxes. Misted when the soil became slight dry, and temp between 32Max and 23 Min, with first signs of growth in about a month. Out of 10 seed 8 had germinated in 3 months, 7 months later are growing well in a temperate Southern Hemi climate.
Submitted on 09/01/2007 by Brett Backhouse backo13@hotmail.com

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
10 seeds soaked for 3 days in warm water. All potted into 20cm tall grow tubes, placed in heated (bottom) Styrofoam box, lid left on. Temp between 32-26C, first sprout noticed after 1 month, with a further nine up now (4 months later). Growing strong already. Kept moist.
Submitted on 15/11/2006 by Brett Backhouse backo13@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.

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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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