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Dypsis plumosa

A new species of Dypsis from Madagascar, currently awaiting its proper scientific description. The plant has made its way into cultivation sometime in the mid 1990's, misidentified as Dypsis ambositrae, and has subsequently been called Dypsis ambositrae "fine leaf" or "fakey". Its natural habitat has not been relocated in Madagascar to date and some reports have it, that it may now be extinct in the wild. It is, however, now reproducing in cultivation and has proven to be an adaptable and reliable ornamental that can handle cool and some drought.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Fresh seed are very easy to germinate. Seeds will have sprouted the first spear in 2 to 4 weeks at temps around 26-30C in moist soil.
Submitted on 15/07/2011 by Tyrone Cripps

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I purchased 25 seeds,soaked them in water and 10%hydrogen peroxide,for 48 hours,planted in seed planting trays, in a 50/50 peat and sand mix,placed under heat mat,at 77* for 12 hours a day,and normal temperature at night time,of 68*,for a fluctuating temperature,might have been better to have a constant temperature at all times. One seed popped after about 3 months,and then couple more in the next 3 weeks to follow. I purchased these seeds,from a nursery in Hawaii,and was told they were quite fresh,but might have been a first fruiting tree,so seeds might not be as viable as a more maturer tree. Thi was also during the Kansas winter to early spring,and might had a better germination rate if been spring to early summer. when the humidity levels are higher. Although I did mist the seed tray daily,in the evening time,and kept the planting mix semi moist at all times.
Submitted on 25/08/2008 by Don Bryan

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Plants from this species ...

Grown in Wichita,Kansas in United States.
I had 3 seed germinate back in March,and potted up in a 6 inch square pot,6 inches deep. The roots were about 3 inches long,with about 1 inch top growth. I used shrub and tree potting mix from Sta-Green,it has a lot of tree bark and is a fast draining mix,and I no longer have had any rot from my seedlings since I changed to it. Now were in the middle of August,and these have been under my yellow groove bamboo all summer long getting all day dappled shade,and top growth is about 8 inches tall,and is ready to be bumped up to a new bigger pot,which I will do around labor day,which will give it time to adjust to it's new container,before I bring inside the greenhouse,the first of October.
Submitted on 25/08/2008 by Don Bryan

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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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