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Cyrtostachys renda

Sealing Wax Palm

Who hasn't lusted after this tropical beauty, with its scarlet crownshaft and petioles, red as sealing wax? Frustratingly, they grow like weeds in South-East Asia, yet are so rarely available elsewhere. Now is your opportunity to grow your own! The small seeds germinate rapidly and the subsequent seedlings show color from quite a young age. These palms require tropical conditions but will also grow happily in the greenhouse or conservatory. Grab this chance while supplies are plentiful and prices cheaper than ever! Premium seed shipped moist for best viability.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
soaked about a 1000 seeds for 5 days, changed water daily. Placed the seeds in a bottom heated propagator. Sprayed the seeds weekly and after a few weeks the first seeds started to germinate. Propagator was set at 30 degrees celsius. A good 90 procent succes with this lot after nearly 3 months. Thanks Toby !!
Submitted on 20/07/2005 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I sowed 5 seed after soaking in August 2004, in pots placed in sunny greenhouse inside unheated propogator, shaded on top with paper. Brought inside late October to warm cupboard. No sign of germination yet. I read these need to be fresh or will go into dormancy for months. I got another 12 seed in January said to be very fresh, on receipt every one had germinated. I have put them in a deep pot each, sown 11th Jan. 2005, in a dark warm cupboard. I have checked some seed, a couple I note seem OK as swelled and 'green on the end', but no sign of the root. Other seed swelled and root greened up but as yet not very long. Possibly bottom heat could speed them up, have just lifted them off the wood floor onto a box as cold was striking through from bottom, maybe light at this stage would help, but space in my heated propogator nil.In England Z8-9, hoping success with this as the Apple Palm identifier states tropical and almost impossible to grow as a house plant. I want to prove them wrong!
Submitted on 18/02/2005 by Janet Rowley garymitsi@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
10% germination after one mo. at 95F-105F max. and 65F-75F min in Ziploc bag. No presoak, 50% sand, 50% peat mix.
Submitted on 23/08/2004 by Al Freeburne FreeburnesHoney@cs.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Placed 10 seeds in a baggy with peat moss and used 32c heat. First seed germinated on week 7. As of week 14, 8 have germinated.
Submitted on 07/08/2004 by one of our visitors

...difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
I've purchased 100 of these seeds and only 5 have sprouted within 4 months, I know of cases taking up to 10 months or longer so I have not given up, immediately after arrival, moist seeds where soaked in fresh stream water and planted in potting soil in plastic containers, seedlings are kept moist in my garden and temperature rarely falls below 70 degrees, It'll be nice to see how they come along, I believe they are almost in their natural environment as temperatures are usually not higher than 92 and we get plenty of rainfall, my six footer one is doing quite well, I'll keep you informed of progress.
Submitted on 07/01/2004 by Jorge Ullfig ullfig@centennialpr.net

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
i had plant it 20-30 seed for long years. in first it need 60-70% light and much moisture so that you can plant it in muddy area cause of these is nature of this species. the trunk go red in 2-5 years.
Submitted on 01/12/2003 by yod pongsakool yod_yodth@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
My father purchased about 40 of these seeds from this web site about 7-8 months ago. After they arrived in the mail, he soaked them in water for a day and planted them in potting soil in a larg, plastic baggie. Within a month many sprouted, but it took about three months for them all to sprout. About 80% or so germinated Subsequent growth has been rather slow. the largest plant has maybe 4-5 leaves and is no more than 5 inches tall. My father lives in Miami, Fl and has still needed to bring them in a few times because of the cold. They are extremly sensitive.
Submitted on 20/03/2003 by Daniel Limbert Kaiserdan@aol.com

...very easy to germinate.
Seeds were sent moist and I soaked them overnight in tap water. The seeds were then sown mixed together in wet (almost swampy) sphagnum moss in a plastic conatiner with a loose fitting lid made by Sterelite. The container was placed on a temperature controlled propagation mat at 90 degrees F. (A heating pad on low will work too) Germination began within a few days and has continued for 4 months with nearly 80% of 1000 seeds germinated to date. Sprouts were sown in a peat, pine bark and sand mix in 38 cell, 6 inch deep tree cone flats placed in a heated greenhouse. Subsequent seedling growth is on the slow side. Keep the germination mix wet and warm. I used a common wood pencil to dig around in the mix for germinated seed.
Submitted on 17/03/2003 by Jim Murphy mursago@aol.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds were soaked for 2 days in tap water and placed on a thick bed of wet moss (almost swamppy) and kept at 90 degrees F. Germination started after 2 weeks and continues steadily for months. These seeds like it hot and wet, subsequent development is slow, taking several weeks for seedlings to spike.
Submitted on 15/01/2003 by Jim Murphy mursago@aol.com

...very difficult to germinate.
I had no luck at all with this palm. 0% germination rate with bottom heat.
Submitted on 23/12/2002 by Van vandringar@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Fruits must be absolutely fresh and lose fertility after 2-3 weeks! Carefully remove the thin flesh layer and clean the small fruits. Then presoak 2-3 days in warm water. Put 2-5 seeds in a small germination pot to facilitate germination. Keep warm (around 90°F) and moist. Usually they germinate after 2-3 weeks.
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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In S. Florida in USA they need average care and grow normal.
I've had this palm in the ground in S. Florida for ~4 years, and is currently 9-10 ft tall. I would estimate the palm to be ~6 years old. It doesn't get much direct sunlight (light-medium filtered light), and would likely do even better if given more light. It is healthy in its current location, and quite spectacular with its bright red trunks. It certainly does like plenty of water. During our rainy season, at times, it is sitting in 4-5 inches of water for days (due to the location of my roof gutter downspout) with no ill effects. Many other palms would react poorly to the amount of water this palm receives. Medium irrigation two times per week. The soil is on the acidic side with a fair amount of organic material. I fertilize every three months with 13-3-13 or 12-2-14. At times I will give it some K-Mag between regular feedings.
Submitted on 13/11/2010 by Mike Lafaro

... are of excellent ornamental value
In north in Fiji Islands they need very little care and grow slow.
Easy to grow given lots of water and full sunlight.Also suckers can be removed successfully and with some roots will produce a new plant. It does not mind water-logged soil and responds well to regular fertilizing. It does not seem to be attacked by any insect pests or disease. A truly beautiful palm for the tropics.
Submitted on 10/02/2007 by Jim Valentine snlsavusavu@connect.com.fj

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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

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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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