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Dypsis decipiens

Manambe Palm

This large and truly spectacular palm comes from the dry highlands of central Madagacar. With its leathery, blue green, plumose leaves; tall, pale crownshaft; and smooth, cigar-shaped, gray trunk, it is reminiscent of a Royal Palm (Roystonea). Dypsis decipiens grows to altitudes of 2000 m (6700 ft.) and is one of the most cold tolerant palms from Madagascar. It requires a temperate or subtropical climate and will survive quite heavy frosts.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
place in a phome container with plasic wraped around it they will germinate in 5 to 8 weeks
Submitted on 03/12/2006 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate.
Soaked the seeds for one week in tap water and then sowed them in a freezer bag filled with peat moss wetted with a fungicide solution. Placed the seeds in the shade outside (~80 F to 95 F) and achieved almost 100% germination within six weeks. The plants are exceptionally vigorous and have grown through the winter outside in containers where they experienced temperatures down to 40 F.
Submitted on 05/06/105 by Don Truman truman@icsi.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
No special treatment given, I placed the seeds in 1 gallon containers with a good potting soil and watered 2-3 times a week. Temps in Orlando in the fall were in the upper 70's. 90% germinated, roots appeared within a couple of weeks, true leaves in about 3 months. They survived a US zone 9b winter just fine with no extra care. After about 6-8 true leaves around 6 inches long, growth tapered off to a slower pace. Fine looking palms, a great success!
Submitted on 15/03/2005 by Chris Hamilton chamilton@cfl.rr.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Left 10 seeds in small pot in center of my yard with only minimal shade. (I live in Tampa, FL USA) As I am testing this species for my area I provided no warmth and moderate soil moisture to see how they handle the weather. We had lows of about 36F this winter and it was alternatly dry and very wet. All ten seeds came up, but a squirell got one of them, but as as 2/22/2004 the reamaing 9 are poking out of the soil now and look excellent.
Submitted on 22/02/2004 by Alan Shobert ashupert@tampabay.rr.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked seeds in warm water for 6 days. By then 50% had started to sprout. Planted out in a good sizes pot and with in 1 month 60% of the seeds had up to three leaved on them. Very succesful 80% succese overall.
Submitted on 12/02/2004 by Will Will_00000@hotmail

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked seeds for 7 days changing water twice daily. The last day I soaked the seed in water that I treated with Mancozeb fungicide. Place the seeds in zippy bags and moist perlite and placed under the hood of my tropical aquarium with temp fluctuating from 26C to 31C. After 1 month I had about 60% germination. Once seeds had put out about 1.5cm to 2.0cm of root (about 7-10 days from first germinating) I placed seeds in a large sealable plastic bucket about 25litres size, which i had placed about 30 200mm long 40mm diameter plastic reticulation pipes on there ends. I filled these pipes with a mix of New Zealand pumice and perlite to make a very light airy mix and placed the seeds into these tubes only covering them to where the cotyledonary sheath begins with the perlite/pumice mix. The bucket had drainage holes drilled in the bottom. I then lightly sprayed the seedlings with a spray and the pumice soaks up the moisture. I then sealed the lid but check every day for progress. Every week or so I dip the whole contraption in about 5cm of water for half a minute and the pumice soaks the water up and delivers it to the seeds promoting deep root growth. These seeds seem to respond to light fish emulsion seaweed extract sprays once they start and I even used Tricatonol, a plant growth hormone on them with good results. They are growing strongly. Well worth any effort to grow this palm.
Submitted on 21/10/2003 by Tyrone Cripps TYNAT98@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Out of 10 seeds, 9 germinated within 3 weeks in slightly moist peat at constant 32-33d.C. Before sowing the seeds were pre-soaked in warm water for 2 days.
Submitted on 27/06/2003 by Sergei Leonov serileonov@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I soaked five seeds for about 6 days and by that time alerady one germinated in the water!
Submitted on 06/04/2003 by Tana Gottwald black-flame@web.de

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soak seed for two days changing water frequently. Then sow in vermiculite at 27C (81F). Seeds germate uniformly and quickly within 3 weeks. They MUST be put into a very well drained medium in a deep container - their taproot is long and fragile. They should not be fertilised and do best if the upper portion of the pot is kept dry and they are watered from below. Do this by simply dunking the pot in water for about 20 seconds. They are then trouble free.
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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In santa barbara/ventura in usa they need very little care and grow very slow.
tough palm.. planted in the ground for 8+ years. very slow growth. growing at 1900' elevation on the coast near santa barbara/ ventura county line in california.
Submitted on 21/04/2012 by mike organista--rincon mountain palms

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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
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