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Hyophorbe lagenicaulis

Bottle Palm

The Bottle Palm, from the Mascarene Islands, is a well-known and very popular ornamental for tropical and warm subtropical regions. It produces a curiously swollen trunk, the shape of which is somewhat reminiscent of a champagne bottle. The crown holds up to five leathery, pinnate fronds supported by a slender, waxy crownshaft. The Bottle Palm grows fairly slowly but is a tough plant that can take drought and coastal conditions without a problem. We now have fresh seeds of excellent quality available at a very competitive price.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Ordered seeds from RPS, soaked them in lukewarm water for a week, changing water daily. They were sowed in a transparent plastic container, in standard compost, with ample moisture, and kept at about 35 degrees Centigrade. The first 2 seeds germinated within 10 days, and were followed by another 4 by the end of the month. Showing strong growth so far.
Submitted on 24/01/2008 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
I sowed five seed on 11th feb 2004 after soaking a few days. I placed them in a bag of mixed compost in a warm cupboard at side of the fireplace with central heating pump. One germinated in about 3 weeks, another followed soon after. Both were potted and placed in a warm propogator till warmer in Summer, then I put them in a slightly shady greenhouse. In Autumn I put them in a shed with south facing window, brought inside to room temp. of 16-20C near radiator for Winter. The second was a little smaller, and though in very free draining compost it rotted after a small watering, other growing and looking OK though first leaves browned, this wasn't helped perhaps by me leaving them in the shed with early frost to -4C. The roots seem slow to develop so watering should be done very carefully in early stages. The remaining 3 seeds were put in a sunny greenhouse in Spring (to 50C in summer) and brought back indoors in the same cupboard just before very cold weather end of October, but in a pot with a plastic bag around it. One germinated in early January, second following shortly, third now growing about 1 year on, so 100% though I lost one plant. This is in midlands of England.
Submitted on 18/02/2005 by Janet Rowley garymitsi@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
although this species is said to be very slow germinating the i have archieved very good results with it.The fresh seeds soaked in warm water for about 3 days, then i put them into plastic bags with a mixture of coco-soil and perlite (2/1).The temperatur was about 30° C all the time. I couldn't believe my eyes when i spotted the first roots after only 11 days!!!The seeds are still germinating and the seedling are doing quite well.
Submitted on 05/02/2005 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I tried everything to germinate these seeds but nothing happened for 3 months, then I placed the seeds in peat moss in a flat, and raised the tempreture to 85, and in about a week, 30% of the seeds germinated, first leaf appeared 2 weeks later, total germination was about 70%
Submitted on 16/11/2004 by Brandon shofeemafee@hotmail.com

...difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Started by soaking the seeds for two days in tap water at room temp, then placing the seeds in baggies w/ moist cactus mixture. 1 seed germinated within one month and nine months later is about 4 inches tall with several leaves. A 2nd seed recently germinated and now appears to be in active growth. The remaining seeds are still dormant.
Submitted on 20/10/2004 by Will willgillis@aol.com

...very difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Of the 40 bottle palms I have tried to germinate only 1 has been successfull and that one took 2 months to germinate. Soaked for 3 days in warm water then sowed in heated greenhouse tray with moist cocopeat. Moistened with organic fungicide when needed. No luck, I ended up buying large seedlings instead of trying more seeds.
Submitted on 16/06/2004 by Cheri Wilson reininrabt@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
soked seeds in luke warm water for four days, than showed in moist peat moss (covered), used bottom heat, temp. around 90°F (30°C) 1st seed came up on day 24
Submitted on 29/04/2004 by Jón Ágúst Erlingsson johnny13@torg.is

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
With this one I first soaked the very fresh seeds overnight then placed the 200+ seeds that I had in compost, in a hotbed at 20C for 2 months with no germination. However, I suffered losses of other seed types through fungus attack using this method so I then changed my method to the bag type of germination. I also raised the temp. to 30C. The bags were placed directly on the sand of the hotbed and covered with a seed tray. Seeds started to germinate in two weeks and I totalled 95% germination.
Submitted on 11/05/2003 by one of our visitors

...need up to 3 months to sprout.
I have foound the best results by rubbing the seeds on a piece of sand paper until the white of the seed shows. I then soak them in water for a week( changing daily). I then plant the seeds in seed pots which have seed germinating mix in them which is moist but not wet. I then poloaace glaad wrap over the top of the container and a rubber band around the pot so the moisture can't escape. I then plaace the pots in the bathroom and then wait.
Submitted on 06/05/2002 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Fresh seeds (15 days after harvesting in Mauritius) has given 60% germination in plastic bag at 25-30° C. 3 months after sowing the seedlings are growing well (3 leaves)
Submitted on 13/04/2002 by Ted W. Baer tedwbaer@urbanet.ch

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very Easy. Clean, presoak in warm water for 1-3 days. Use tropical temperatures (around 30°C) and keep moist. If seeds are fresh (not a must), they´ll take 3-4 weeks. Low germination quotas are possible with this palm, so be sure to get at least 10 fruits to reach a result. My experience is that 60-80% of fresh fruits germinate within that time, but I heard from very low quotas, too.
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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Makkah in Saudi Arabia they need average care and grow normal.
I received 5 seeds soaked them for 3 days in tap water and then used the baggy way and after 1.5 month 2 out of 5 sprouted
Submitted on 06/12/2012 by Anas Alharbi

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Sofia in Bulgaria they need much care and grow normal.
It's a really nice looking palm; not easy to care for but all is for it's beauty. It took me 2 weeks to germinate in rich moisture ground, then placed it into a room with constant temperature of about 25-30 degrees and, of course, much light, but not direct. I saw the first leaf after 1 month, but in a year in same conditions it grew much more than usually.Keep it away from wind and spaces with no air!I take care of my bootle palm more than 4 years and my happines is much more day after day...Hope I was in favour!Best!
Submitted on 09/02/2008 by Vasil Ditchev vditchev@abv.bg

... are of high ornamental value
In north in Fiji Islands they need very little care and grow normal.
Needs full sun from an early age and responds well to regular watering and fertilizer. The only necessity is good drainage. Ones planted in heavy, wet soils got root rot and died. They like coastal conditions and salt-laden winds are no problem but needs to be back from the high tide area. Very tough.
Submitted on 10/02/2007 by Jim Valentine snlsavusavu@connect.com.fj

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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
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