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Caryota zebrina

Zebra Fishtail Palm

This recently discovered and very rare Fishtail Palm has the most amazing and most beautiful leaf stalks, intensively striped black and white in a zebra fashion. The very thick and leathery, blackish green leaves make the leaf stalks stand out even more. A surprisingly robust and easy-to-grow collector's palm for tropical and warm subtropical areas.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Bought 100 seeds. Soaked for a week,placed in peat and perlite. In 3 months thet started to appear. Had about 75% germinmation.
Submitted on 16/09/2008 by Dr Stephen Collins

...very difficult to germinate.
0% I tried the bag method after a 24 hour soak. 5 with bottom heat and 5 without. 3 other species all were 70 to 90%. ???
Submitted on 12/10/2004 by todd unomotu@adelphia.net

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I recieved 10 seeds.Soaked them in water for 3 days them placed some in ziplock bas with peatmoss and some I planted in pots of 50/50 peatmoss and perlite. I kept half at room temp(68-75 f) and kept the other half with heat around 90 f. Four of the seeds at room temp germinated after 7 weeks.None of the seeds with heat germinated.
Submitted on 18/06/2004 by james williams jimntin@cox.net

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Ordered 10 seeds from Rare palm seeds. Soaked for 1 week then they were sown in a germinating mix in a tray with plastic cover (no heat) 3 weeks later 2 have germinated and I expect the rest to follow.
Submitted on 28/03/2004 by Doug Gamester DLG0070@aol.com

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

... are of excellent ornamental value
In San Diego in USA they need much care and grow slow.
Very easy to germinate. I bought 100 seed and set them in Mosser-Lee Nodampoff sphagnum moss and 3 months later nearly 100 percent germination in a greenhouse environment
Submitted on 07/12/2005 by Mark Farrington mfarrin1@san.rr.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.

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

Our rating:
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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