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Howea belmoreana

Curly Palm

Rarer and less well known that its cousin the Kentia palm, this palm shares all its attributes in terms of its ability to grow in low lit situations, and is tolerant of abuse and neglect. Seed takes 2 years to ripen and is not often available. An excellent house plant which will grow to a good size over a number of years. Outdoors it grows best in subtropical or warm temperate regions.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
remove the skin and plant in perlite.. water --thats it
Submitted on 21/04/2012 by mike organista--rincon mountain palms

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I purchased these from RPS and half of the 12 they sent have germintated in about two months. I placed the seeds in a ziplock bag with peat and perlite. On top of my aquarium light they went. I can't wait to see the seedlings develop.
Submitted on 16/01/2007 by Patrick Stenzel suringwi@aol.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I received my seeds from RPS in late November of 2006. I live in Minneapolis and the seeds sat my mail box, which is outside, all day. The temp. was between 20 to 30 degrees Farenheit that day. I placed them in a bag with 1/2 perlite and 1/2 peat moss and placed them on top of my aquarium's reef light. I'm guessing they heat up to somewhere in the 80's by day and cool to upper sixties at night. Half of them have germinated already! I noticed them on Dec 24, 2006. I'm excited to watch them grow.
Submitted on 23/12/2006 by Patrick Suringwi@aol.com

... are very difficult to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
Have had limitd success removing seed coat, soaking for 3 days in 1 cup water containing a teaspoon of bleach (and changing the water each day) then enclosing the seeds in damp sphagnum moss and zip-locking them into a plastic bag that i leave sealed on top of my hotwater system which is in an indoors cupboard. I check the seeds every 3 months for signs of germination and remove as they germinate - 14 months in this instance!
Submitted on 15/06/2006 by Jan Forbes lba931@yahoo.com

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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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