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Dypsis albofarinosa

White Powder Palm

An exciting new species from Madagascar that was newly described only in 2003 by botanist Don Hodel and legendary palm grower Jeff Marcus. Similar to D. onilahensis and D. baronii, it has slender, branching stems and drooping, dark green, pinnate foliage and a distinctive, powdery white crownshaft, making it one of the most exciting new introductions in Madagascar palms.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seeds were not even presoaked but placed directly into a bag with moist spaghnum moss. Seeds were then just left on a desk at room temperature with indifferent care. After 4 months the bag had become a tangle of roots and green spears with two completely opened first leaves. Of the 30 seeds 14 were potted out after 4 months. Have resoaked the others and feel some will germinate as well.
Submitted on 17/03/2004 by Tyrone Cripps tynat98@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
After a 2 day soak in water all the seeds germinated within 4-6 weeks at 30C in a damp perlite/vermiculite mixture The seeds were prone to fungal attack so need a 30 second soak in 20% bleach solution after the soak in water.
Submitted on 13/11/2004 by CHRIS KING chris@mtechsystems.com

...difficult to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
It took four weeks but finally my white powder seeds have begun to germinate. I used a blend of regular potting soil mixed with left over ashes from mesquite charcoal. This blend just worked awesome. Along with constant watering, good drainage and plenty of sunlight. The ones without this blend show no sign of germination.
Submitted on 07/11/2004 by Mauro Juarez tigrenegroeclipse@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I waited about 2 months after receiving seeds to plant. placed them in baggies on 10-5-04 left them outside in florida weather and already have 20% sprouted today... 10-20-04. less than a month! Very easy...used canadian peat and sqeezed all moiture out with my hand. no mold. easy! cant wait to see them grow!
Submitted on 20/10/2004 by David liveplants@bellsouth.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy. Soaked seeds for 24hours changing water twice. Place seeds on moist bed of perlite with a covering of spaghnum moss in takeaway containers at temps from 25C-32C. Within a week they started germinating. After a month approx 70% germination. Real easy
Submitted on 13/10/2004 by Tyrone Cripps tynat98@hotmail.com

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Plants from this species ...

Grown in ontario in canada.
I purchased these seeds not from this supplier around july 2006 and soaked them in water for 24 hours. I placed them in a pot with 50/50 peat/ perlite an placed it by an eastern window. Up untill January 2007 they were in that window with no success so I moved them in front of my furnace duct. Today, Feb. 07 I noticed 2 small leaf spears about 1/8 inch high sticing out of the soil. I wish I had more patience with these because I ordered another batch here. I gave them really no care i actually forgot about them untill i went to mist the pot with water!!!
Submitted on 11/02/2007 by one of our visitors

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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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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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