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Dypsis lastelliana

Red Neck Palm

A fabulous, tall and slender palm from northern Madagascar, where it grows in rainforest or coastal forest. The Red Neck Palm has huge, pinnate leaves with pendulous leaflets and a dark red-brown to purple-black crownshaft. It has similarities to D. leptocheilos, the Teddy Bear Palm, but is generally taller and more elegant. D. lastelliana is easy to grow and best suited to warm subtropical and tropical regions. Young palms make attractive house plants.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very difficult to germinate.
No success with this palm, none of the 8 seeds sprouted. Tried (like all my other palms) to germinate in heated greenhouse with moist cocopeat, spraying with fungicide when peat started to dry. No luck.
Submitted on 16/06/2004 by Cheri Wilson reininrabt@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I presoaked approx. 20 fresh seeds in very warm water for three days with daily water changes. Afterwards, the small seeds were placed in one of my Sterilite containers in a 50-50 mix of Canadian peat and perlite. Approximately 80% of the seeds had begun germinating during the presoak. Don't know if they are just fast or if I had good timing with regard to how long ago they had been harvested, etc. After having germinated though, they don't seem to be setting any records for speed... All in all, they seem to germinate much faster and with higher success rate than their close relative D. leptocheilos, but develop much slower.
Submitted on 12/03/2003 by Jason C. Skelly Skellsbells@aol.com

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In Costa Mesa, Calif. in U.S.A. they need average care and grow fast.
I live in coastal Calif, about 50 miles south of Los Angeles. This is one of my best palms, and it took 30 deg. Very nicely, only a little burn. Leaf production is about 4 per year, but the leap in size is remarkably fast. Plant is about 8 yrs. old, grows outdoors in full sun, grows in clay soil, is about 12 feet tall, with no trunk showing below the crownshaft, and gets alot of water.
Submitted on 31/07/2007 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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