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Latania loddigesii

Blue Latan Palm

The Blue Latan Palm is one of the best ornamental fan palms. While young plants have beautiful red petioles and leaf margins, mature plants produce a compact crown of very leathery, stiff, blue fan leaves with leafstalks covered in thick, white wool. They grow a slender trunk over the years. It is the most vigorous and robust of the three species in the genus and will thrive in a position in full sun in most tropical and frost-free subtropical areas. Seeds are available now at a very LOW PRICE.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked the seeds for 1 day in nitrozyme and put them in a ziplock bag with neemcoir. The bag was put on a warm place on an aquarium. Germination occured within 2 weeks.
Submitted on 22/03/2009 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
10 seeds received a month ago.15 days immersed in water with daily change. Bagged in peat moss(damp) at normal temperature (22 to 29 C). First ones sprouted on the 11th day!! No trouble at all!!
Submitted on 16/03/2006 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I placed 100 seeds in a large plastic clear storage container, six inches of sand, seeds, then mulch on top (2 cms). Soak sand. 100% germination after 3 mos, transplanted to individual containers with 90% survival.Ambient temperate (F) 85-70
Submitted on 18/02/2005 by Bob Hogner rhogner@fiu.edu

...difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
difficult I had 200 seeds put in big tupperware with heat less then 50% germinated heat was at 95c to 105c at all times still going !
Submitted on 12/08/2004 by Joseeph Fischer jfischer@remax-direct-bb.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
soaked for few hours then peled the hard outer shell off then returned to soak for 1 day. Into staralised baggie of multipurpose in airing cupboard. Germinated 21 days later.
Submitted on 22/01/2004 by one of our visitors

...difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
When I first saw these trees growing in Taiwan I fell in love with it. I collected the seed one year ago, but wasn't able to plant them until 6 months later, which I now think was the big mistake! I first planted the 100+ seeds in a large communal bed, 10cm in depth, built on a thermostatically controlled 30°C hotbed covered with plastic. Nothing happened for 3 months. Reading comments that they need deep soil, I moved them to a deeper bed for 3 months. I had by now given-up on them and moved them to a large zipper bag with a hand-full of moist moss, which I then placed on top of the 30°C hotbed 1 week ago, and covered with a black seed tray. To my astonishment, this morning one of them was shooting! It is now summertime, and I'm wondering if the hotter daytime temperatures in the greenhouse, where the hotbed is has made a difference.
Submitted on 11/06/2003 by Phil Markey phil@trebrown.com

...difficult to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Main difficulty is the size of the seeds. Use fresh fruits only. Open fruit. Usually 1-3 seed are within. Clean seeds, carefully scratch hard layer with a knife or similar and presoak in warm water for 1-3 days. Put each seed in a mid-sized to large pot (10 cm in diameter minimum). Latania likes deep soil. When they germinate, they create a thick sinker, that often appears on the soil surface first. After a few days the sinker turns into the soil again and checks the soil. If it´s too narrow, germination stops. 1-2 weeks after the sinker the seedlings appears (usually close to the sinker) on the surface. sinker appears usually after 1-3 weeks, seedling after 2-5 weeks. Plants creates very thick roots that grow fast deep into the soil!
Submitted by Thomas Foltyn t@chello.at

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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In north in Fiji Islands they need very little care and grow normal.
Much easier to handle in transplant than the similar looking Bismarckia but not as fast growing. The beautiful red colorations slowly disappear and are replaced with a cream colored furry tomentose. They are not fussy about soil as long as it drains well. It needs full sun and responds to regular watering and fertilizer. The only pest so far has been the coconut beetle that chews great pieces from the emerging spear and sometimes the petiole. It has shown to be resistant to salty winds and has no problems through dry periods.
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.

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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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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