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Dypsis onilahensis

Onilahy Palm

A palm that will prove to be one of the best new introductions for temperate and subtropical areas. Anyone who has tried to grow Dypsis lutescens in cold regions and failed should give this one a try. It is similar in looks to the former, but, originating from the mountains of Madagascar up to 2400 m (8000 ft), it is considerably more tolerant of cold temperatures and frost.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked in water for three days. Placed seeds in a bag with 50% vermiculite and 50% perlite, and added 5 TBL water. Seeds were held at ambient temperatures, in the day 95F and at night 85F. Seeds started germinating after two weeks. About 50% germinated after three weeks.
Submitted on 19/07/2002 by Dan Cox dccox3@msn.com

need up to 1 month to sprout.
Ten seeds were soaked in tap water for three days with daily changes then sowed in a 50/50 ratio by volume mixture of peat moss and perlite. The seeds and medium were contained in a shoe-box sized platic container with a somewhat loose fitting lid. Seeds were squirted with tap water when the top of the medium appeared to become dry. The container was subjected to ambient Central Florida temperatures of late spring (60F/17C to 90F/33C) with day and night fluctuations. The seeds germinated fairly quickly (about three weeks), but subsequent growth has been very slow, and the seedlings are only on their second leaf nearly five months later. Of the ten sowed, eight germinated, with two apparently dying from damping off.
Submitted on 07/08/2002 by Jason C. Skelly Skellsbells@aol.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.

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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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