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Hedyscepe canterburyana

Umbrella Palm, Big Mountain Palm

This rare palm is from Lord Howe Island, Australia, better known as the home of the Kentia palm. The Umbrella palm is slow growing, with a beautiful grey crownshaft, and a prominently ringed, green trunk. The feather leaves are short and arching, with stiff, upward-pointing leaflets, densely arranged in a V-shape, giving the palm a most unusual and elegant shape. It performs well as a house plant but does best in the garden in a warm temperate or mild subtropical climate where it is not exposed to extreme heat. We hope to be able to supply this once unattainable seed on a regular basis. Previous batches of Hedyscepe seed brought from Lord-Howe-Island produced over 90% germination!

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...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I soaked the seeds for 1 week, then put in 'baggies' with Vermiculite at room temperature (17-23 celsius). 20% germinated after soaking, another 20% in the first month, then another 50% in the next 2 months. Overall, 90% after 3 months and more to germinate hopefully.
Submitted on 05/09/2003 by T Brisbane anthonylking@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Having Lord Howe Island off the coast a few hundred miles east of where I live, Port Macquarie, germination would seem easy and effortless to achieve. Well it was. Afew simple rules should be followed. Soaking the seeds for a period of time wasnt necessary, but what was most important was maintaining temperature at no more than 25c and no less than 15c, this is the range that produced 100% germination.The medium you use during germination and potting up must have excellent drainage. I used cleaned course river sand only.
Submitted on 22/03/2003 by The Palm Nut wendymike@optusnet.com.au

...difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
3 days pre-soaking in water changed daily.Sown in peat moss moist (not wet) in clear sandwich plastic boxes with tight lid.The medium was kept moist all the time. For first two months temperature was kept at 33d.C.,then - reduced to about 20d.C. Five out of ten seeds germinated after about 6 months of sowing,sixths one - after 7 months of sowing. 60% germination success is quite good for this species.
Submitted on 29/11/2002 by Sergei Leonov serileonov@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
I soaked the seeds for 7 days changing water daily. The first sign of germination occured after 6months. No artifical heating was required as these palms grow naturally off the coast from where I live. Maintain temperature between 15C and 20C. Follow common germination practices.
Submitted on 06/12/2002 by Mike Jamison wendymike@optusnet.com.au

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Books report this species as long and difficult, but I have found this to be wrong. I have soaked the very fresh seeds I got still with pulp, for a week, changing water daily. Then I have remover the pulp and sown in 10x10x17 cm pots, singularly, in greenhouse with natural heat, quite high. Germination has occurred after 5 months and I have got a rate of 90%
Submitted by Angelo Porcelli angelopalm69@inwind.it

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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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