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Hydriastele beguinii

This medium sized feather-leaved palm from the Moluccas Islands in S.E. Asia produces a slender, ringed, green trunk and a slim, waxy-green crownshaft that will carry an open crown of glossy green, irregularly divided leaves with a large, undivided terminal leaflet. Hydriastele beguinii is an excellent ornamental for tropical areas and also does well as an unusual indoor plant.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I received about 15 seeds from Rarepalmseeds. The seeds were soaked in warm tap water for five days with daily water changes. No other pretreatments were used. Seeds were sown in a moist mix of 50%-50% Canadian peat and perlite and placed in a Sterilite container which was left in partial sun during the warm months in Central Florida. First seedling germinated in about two and a half months, last in about 3. About 10 of the 15 germinated in all. All seedlings died relatively quickly due to damping off (I seem to have a knack for that). I left the lid on the container and they did not get good air circulation which I believe contributed to their demise. I'd like to try these again...
Submitted on 11/03/2003 by Jason C. Skelly Skellsbells@aol.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.

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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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