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Kentiopsis oliviformis

A large, slender, very elegant and tropical looking palm from New Caledonia that can reach to 30m (100ft) tall. It is rare in cultivation but adaptable and has been sucessfully grown in many subtropical and tropical climates; however it is best suited to moderately dry, subtropical climates. Seeds are difficult to obtain and we are proud to be able to offer these here. Earlier samples have produced very good germination. For optimum results they should be kept at 30°C and a little on the dry side. Seeds will be shipped slightly moist to ensure viability.

This magnificent, tropical palm from New Caledonia is tall with a ringed trunk and a prominent white crownshaft. We had to work hard to get these seeds which are very rarely available for sale. We guarantee excellent germination for these usually tough to sprout seeds. Seedling growth is quite fast and in general it is one of the most easily cultivated and most stunning New Caledonian palms. Grow it in the tropical or sub-tropical garden, or enjoy it as a superb conservatory plant.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Ten seeds sown in slightly damp sphagnum moss and kept in a zip-lock bag. As per recommendations, seeds and medium were kept somewhat on the dry side, but still slightly moist. Seeds were kept at ambient Central Florida summer temperatures (70F/22C to 95F/35C) and subjected to day and nighttime fluctuations. First seed germinated in about four weeks, with others germinating sproradically over the next six weeks (adjacent germination) for a total of five seedlings. At this time, another seed appears to have begun to germinate nearly twelve weeks after sowing. One seedling was lost due to unknown reasons. The others are growing slowly, but steadily.
Submitted on 03/08/2002 by Jason C. Skelly Skellsbells@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked 2-3 days in warm (80F / 25C) water changed daily, then to baggies with barely moist coconut fiber kept at 30C / 90F. Transplanted out when shoot 1/2 inch / 1cm long.
Submitted by Leo Martin leo1010@attglobal.net

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In sydney liverpool west in australia they need little care and grow slow.
your site says only dry subtrop to tropo areas. mine is growing in a harsh exposed front yard in western sydney, where it gets hot sun, cold winds, dryness, and sometimes wetness for long periods, and winters down to 2celsius maybe zero with that wind, even frost or heavy morning dew, but my brother says frost often !!! yes, i have also one in the shade of a forest, i a pot, seems to grow big leaves once he starts to take off, almost mistook him for nikau cheesmani
Submitted on 19/11/2012 by adam-grant

... are of excellent ornamental value
In fullerton,CA in United States they need much care and grow slow.
these are hard when they are young and they like shade until they are much older keep in shade for long time until more mature and give plenty of water
Submitted on 05/02/2011 by patrick

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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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