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Carludovica palmata

Panama Hat Palm

This well known plant, native from southeastern Mexico to Bolivia, resembles a small, trunkless fan palm. It is prolific and easy in cultivation in all tropical and many warm temperate climates.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Keep the seeds in moist but not wet substratum in a shadowy place, a organic substratum is preferible. Mantain a tropical warm temperature and a humid atmosphere (for exemple putting the pot inside a plastic bag). The germination time is usually two weeks, and almost all the seeds germinate.
Submitted on 03/11/2012 by Carlos G. Boluda

... are very difficult to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I recieved 15 seeds from RPS and put them into a 50/50 mixture of cocopeat and perlite. After one month only one seed had germinated, the others had rotted away, even though the medium was barely damp. The sole survivor was very feeble and only lasted a few days after being potted up. After good results with other seeds purchased from RPS it was disappointing to get nothing surviving from a plant that I have tried so hard to get hold of in the past. I will try them again, maybe use a much lighter medium next time, as I think maybe the cocopeat was too heavy for the seeds.
Submitted on 23/12/2009 by Robyn Creighton-Hurst

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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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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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