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Dypsis cabadae

Unusually, John Dransfield and Henk Beentje’s “Palms of Madagascar” tells us little about this palm: habitat, uses, distribution, local names and conservation status are all recorded as 'unknown'. While it has only very recently been rediscovered in the wild in rainforest on the Comoro Islands, it can be seen, albeit rarely, in cultivation in some private and botanic gardens, and should indeed be much more widely cultivated. It is a clustering species with leathery, glossy green leaves, scarlet red fruits, and slim, attractively ringed, slender, blueish green trunks. It requires a tropical or subtropical climate and also make an excellent houseplant when young.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Germinated seeds in moist peat moss in a zip-lock bag kept on top of water heater. 5 out of 10 seeds germinated from week 9 to week 10.
Submitted on 10/12/2003 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Germinated seeds in moist peat moss in zip lock bag kept on water heater. 5 out of 10 seeds germinated from week 8 to week 10.
Submitted on 10/12/2003 by one of our visitors

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

... are of excellent ornamental value
In hawaii in us they need little care and grow fast.
After 4 months 50% germination of 1000 seeds came on at once. 2 months later the seedlings are already 3 inches tall and appearing strikingly strong, healthy and growing rapidly. The seeds were first soaked in Maxicrop for 5 days changing the water to Maxicrop ratio daily. The seeds are in a commercial potting soil and were kept damp but not wet. The seedlings are under a 75% shade shade house and were started in Hawaii's 80 degree summer weather.
Submitted on 17/12/2006 by Jane Freeman janefree0513@yahoo.com

Grown in Orlando, FL in USA.
Very easy to germinate even for an amateur like myself. I used a 50/50 mix of vermiculite and peat from Wal-mart with a sand base in a plastic dishpan with drain-holes. I kept them outside in the warm Central Florida summer with a gazebo covering. First sprout in about 9 weeks and the rest are following shortly thereafter. So far about a 70% success rate.
Submitted on 03/09/2006 by Dave Muir roomandave@yahoo.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

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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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