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Hyophorbe verschaffeltii

Spindle Palm

A well-known and much-loved tropical palm with a spindle-shaped, swollen trunk and stiffly ascending, pinnate leaves. The Spindle Palm is quick to germinate, easily cultivated, and fast growing, making it ideal for the tropical or frost-free subtropical garden, or as an attractive indoor specimen for a brightly lit spot.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
These are by far the easiest of the tropical palms I have germinated. I put 10 seeds in a ziplock bag with sphagnum moss/potting soil mix. Then I placed the bag on top of a hot water heater which gave it a constant 80 degree temperature. Two weeks later I had six of ten seeds with roots emerging and by the end of the third week the last four did the same. The soil that I used in the bags was just wet enough to see the condensation on the inside of the bag when warm. Any more moisture would result in fungus on the seeds.
Submitted on 17/04/2009 by donnie jackson

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I soaked the seeds in tap water for three days and after soaking I sowed them in Icelandic sphagnum moss. The pots were located were temperature rased up to 75-80F(20-25C). I received 60% germination rat, 6 out of 10 seeds.
Submitted on 04/02/2004 by Jón Ágúst Erlingsson johnny13@torg.is

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I soaked the seeds for 6 days, after I placed them into a 7 gallon tank and I mixed the seeds with spagnum. I waterd it and i kept the tank in 28C degrees. The 1st seed germinated 24 days later.
Submitted on 27/11/2003 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I got my seeds in Dec 2000 from a group of palms that were growing at the Umkomas golf club (Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa). Seeds were soaked for a week to help with the removal of the tough fruit and fiber. Seeds were then placed in 2l ice-cream tubs in moist palm fiber. Seeds were kept at 32c. 16 germinated within two weeks and all (less 5) had germinated by July 2001, 60 in total. Seedlings are kept under 60% shade and are growing well.
Submitted by Dennis Lutge dlutge@edgars.co.za

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I soaked them in distilled water for 3 days, changing the water daily. Afterwards placed them in a peat based substrate, kept them moist and at 85 degrees Farenheight. The first seed germinated about 4 weeks later. Now it has been about 7 weeks and six out of ten seeds have germinated. The first frond appearing about 2-3 weeks after germinating.
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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In South West England in UK they need average care and grow slow.
A great houseplant, beautiful yellow petioles and graceful leaflets. It needs full sun, and needs to be fertilised occasionally. I'm seriously surprised it isn't grown more, it is relatively easy to grow and attractive. It is quite slow growing, even so it is an attractive houseplant.
Submitted on 06/07/2008 by James Park

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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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