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Dictyosperma album

Hurricane Palm

A tall growing, attractive palm with a prominent, pale crownshaft and swollen trunk base. With its elegant, feather-shaped leaves, it makes an attractive pot plant when young. It grows fast given a sunny position and adequate water and feed, and will succeed in tropical, subtropical, and some warm temperate areas. The Hurricane Palm can also take considerable coastal exposure.

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Seeds from this species ...

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On 26-april-2006, I bought 10 Dictyosperma album seeds from a website, when they arrived my home, they wrapped by a wet tissue, then I opened them, therehad 9 of them were germinate, then I planted the germinate seeds in a flower pot with soil ,then I placed them in near my dining room window, the room temperature is 20.5 degree-31.5 degree ,now it has grew some leaf out. I think it is very easy to grow!(the seeds and seedling shape and size are still like archontophoenix sp.)
Submitted on 25/06/2006 by Edwin Yiu edwin01205@yahoo.com.hk

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
1st seedling after 2 months. Cheap mix of sand and potting soil, moist, covered, in heat (80 degrees).
Submitted on 01/03/2003 by Steve Flynn sflynn22@mac.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
3 days water pre-soaking. Seeds were placed in clear plastic sandwich box with tight lid intosphagnum moss that was slightly moist by touch. Temperature - 33 - 35 d.C.First seed germinated on 73rd day of sowing, last one - after 3 months.Total germination rate achieved is 60%.
Submitted on 19/11/2002 by Sergei Leonov serileonov@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seven seeds, first soaked in warm water for three days with daily water changes, then planted about 5mm below surface of 50/50 perlite-peat moss substrate in early October 2001. Seeds were sown in a shoebox sized plastic 'Tupperware' like container with a lid and then placed in front of a south facing window. Temperatures were unknown, though most likely around 80-85F/27-29C. Moisture was maintained by occasionally sprinkling bottled spring water on top of substrate. First seed germinated in about five weeks. The rest germinated within two more weeks. All are now planted in individual containers and appear to be growing vigorously.
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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In north in Fiji Islands they need average care and grow normal.
Does very well here without much attention. However it attracts grasshoppers that ruin the leaves. Palms planted out to full sun when under 3 years of age were sunburnt for about a year but older palms did not have this trouble. All transplanted without any set-back. Grows well coastally if not in pure sand.
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.

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

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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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