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Dypsis lutescens

Golden cane Palm, Areca Palm

As one of the world's most popular indoor plants, the Golden cane or Areca Palm hardly needs an introduction. Outdoors, it quickly develops into an elegant, midsized palm with densely clustering, slender, green trunks; yellow crownshafts and leafstalks; and recurving, V-shaped leaves. Dypsis lutescens originally comes from Madagascar, the home of so many exciting palms, where it grows in coastal forest on sandy soils. It will tolerate cool conditions to some extent, as well as light frosts, and is best suited to climates ranging from subtropical to tropical.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seed got from older palm in Cambodia hotel. Seed took about 4 week to germinate easy and fast grower.
Submitted on 22/12/2006 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked seeds for 3 days in a solution of Superthrive. I did not peel the fiber off of them. I placed 3 seeds to a baggie filled with moist Spagnum Moss and placed them in a dark drawer with no added heat. Within 2 weeks I have 50% germination. Love this palm!!
Submitted on 21/07/2006 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
upon arrival soaked the seed sin water for approx 2 days, and then planted in plastic containers in a peak mix and watered often. Placed boxes next to a heat source at arround 20 degrees celcius. Have near 100% germination after 2 months. Malta
Submitted on 28/03/2005 by Andrew Strickland mstrick@maltanet.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy to germinate, with and without bottom heat, and fast.
Submitted on 23/12/2002 by Van vandringar@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Fresh seeds are a must; as experience shows 3-4 week storage on shelf under room conditions produces zero germination.Fresh seeds (without pre-soaking in pulpy flesh) was sown the same day when collected in garden center potting soil in open pots with frequent irrigation. The temperature maintained was about 25 d.C.First seed germinated after 2,5 months, the last one - after 3,5 months ofsowing. Total germination rate achieved was 50%.
Submitted on 19/11/2002 by Sergei Leonov serileonov@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds germinated in 15-30 days with over 90% success.((I recommend it)).
Submitted by Zaid Akeel zaid133@hotmail.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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