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Elaeis guineensis

African Oil Palm

The Oil Palm of commerce, a fast growing, large tree with dark, plumose, pinnate leaves.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I got these seed from Cambodia. I pick up 5 seed and I being back and wash them in cold water I put the seed in cup of soil. Seed must be fresh to grow this one but some seed never grow.
Submitted on 22/12/2006 by one of our visitors

...difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Elaeis guineesis also known as The African Oil Palm, is reported to tolerate high pH, laterite, low pH, savanna, virus, and waterlogging. Seed germination and seedling establishment are difficult. Temperature of 35°C stimulates germination in thin shelled varieties. Thick-walled varieties require higher temperatures. Seedlings are outplanted at about 18 months.
Submitted on 17/09/2005 by Avram Sorina asorina@home.ro

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Placed 10 seeds in a peat medium at 28c. 4 germinated on the 7th month. Seedling growth is very fst.
Submitted on 07/08/2004 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
very easy growing seeds. soaked for 5 days in tap water and planted outside in 60F weather in a plastic container. the temp. inside the container was humid and about 80F. seeds came up in 39 days.
Submitted on 21/03/2004 by Anton CHuidian Wutang8364@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
This palm seed shipment arrived in perfect shape! I soaked seeds in water for 4 days (changing daily) and finally planted in a seed bed mixed with vermiculite and a bark compost soil (well drained). I covered the seeds (laying them on their side) with just a small portion of seeds showing and kept moist in a warm but in a shady place. After about 45 days, 6 sprouted and i expect the rest to follow soon. Fast growing seedlings once sprouted.
Submitted on 26/07/2003 by David Mattocks faders@usa2net.net

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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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