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Dypsis sanctaemariae

Sainte-Marie Palm

A beautiful small palm from the tiny Sainte-Marie Island off the coast of northeastern Madagascar where it grows in only one tiny and critically endangered area in the undergrowth of coastal forest on sandy soil. It produces thin, clustering stems to about 2.5 m (8 ft.) tall. The leaves are long, narrow, bifid and entire or split into two segments. They are held close together in an upright, small crown. It is best suited to the tropics and will take mild coastal exposure.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
These seeds were rather small so I soaked them for two days, changing the water twice daily. I used the baggy method with coir fibre. I placed this in a warm dark cupboard at about 30 degrees. the bulk of the seeds germinated within the first three weeks and by the end of the second month, I had at least 80% germination.
Submitted on 12/09/2009 by Orie kalu

...difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Even though I got 4 out of ten to germinate within two months using peat moss and baggy, the growth of the seedling is extremly slow and subseptible to rot. I found that once the seed germinates using heat its best to place the delicate seedlings at room tempeture with indirect light. This appeared to speed up growth and preventing rotting.
Submitted on 07/08/2004 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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