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Caryota sp. Solitaire

Solitaire Fishtail Palm

This is a fascinating, new introduction from the foothills of the Himalayas in north-eastern India, where it grows at moderate to high altitudes. It is a most unusual, moderately-sized, solitary species, with a very slender trunk and an open crown of elegantly arching leaves with very large, strongly pendulous, dark green, fishtail-shaped leaflets. Caryota sp. "Solitaire" has only been discovered in recent months and is now available for the first time ever! It should prove to be a most interesting addition to the range of cold tolerant Fishtail Palms. Due to its moderate size, it is a good species even for the smaller garden and will happily grow in mild temperate as well as tropical regions.

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...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I receaved one packet of 10 seeds at the end of January 2003 and soon I put them in a plastic bag with wet peat, without soaking the seeds in water. On March 24th (two months after), all the ten seeds were sprouted. The plastic bag was kept at 28°C.
Submitted on 25/03/2003 by Sergio Quercellini squercellini@tiscali.it

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Easy as other Caryota, can be sown straight in pots, as it has usually an high rate of germination.
Submitted on 10/11/2002 by Angelo Porcelli angelopalm69@inwind.it

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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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