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Dypsis saintelucei

Sainte-Luce Palm

In its native habitat in coastal forest in the very south east of Madagascar, this palm is critically endangered. It is a mid-sized, solitary palm with a tristichous leaf arrangement, a waxy white crownshaft, waxy leaf-undersides and trunk, and is one of the most desirable palms for cultivation from Madagascar. It is easy to grow, even though still rare in cultivation.

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked 10 seeds for 3 days changing water daily. Placed seeds in a ziplock bag with 75% peat moss, 25% perlite. All 10 seeds germinated within 1 month. Placed in pots and moved outdoors in a sunny spot. 8 of 10 seeds spouted within a month. Still waiting on leaves to form.
Submitted on 24/02/2008 by Mike Lafaro mlafaro@comcast.net

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Placed seeds in grow bags with 75% Peat Moss, 25% Perlite; sprayed with water to moisten soil, and sealed bag. Kept temperature between 78-84F. Seeds germinated in less than 1 month. 4 seeds spouted in 1 month.
Submitted on 16/02/2008 by Mike Lafaro mlafaro@comcast.net

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Most of the seed sprouted at 6 weeks and continued up to 3 months with about 90% success. Seeds were given no special treatment. Seeds were planted shallow in seeding trays of a mix of peat and perlite and placed in the shadehouse and kept damp. Night time temperatures were down to 20 degC and days were up to 30C.
Submitted on 05/09/2007 by Jim Valentine snlsavusavu@connect.com.fj

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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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