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Latania lontaroides

Red Latan Palm

Latania is a genus of 3 species, native to the Mascarene Islands. They have stiff fan shaped leaves, giving them a unique appearance, and they make excellent pot plants when young. They are easy and satisfying to grow, not fussy and will flourish in a wide range of frost-free, warmer climates. The tree species are easily distinguishable especially when young by the colour of the leafstalks for which they are named. Latania lontaroides has spectacular reddish leaves and red leafstalks when young.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I planted them in a zip lock bag with cocofiber take 2 week to germinate. 8 shoot was in the bag keep it in my room were it stay warm.
Submitted on 28/09/2007 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Picked 6 fresh seeds off the ground in teneriffe. Placed in a plastic food container with normal potting soil on top of a radiator. Within 2 weeks the first couple germinated. The remainder germinated within the next four weeks.Placed in 1 litre cola bottles ( cut off 1/3 way down ) and watched as the tap roots quickly hit the bottom and the rest of the bottle filled with roots. After about 4 months, already split leaves emerged and they haven't looked back - very fast!
Submitted on 13/07/2006 by Maurice mlovecan@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Despite hearing that Latania takes a long time to germinate, I got 3 out of 4 to germinate on week 3. I placed the seeds in a baggy with peat moss and used 32c heat.Seedling growth is fast.
Submitted on 07/08/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
no problem with this one, 4 very fresh seeds obtained. Sowed with top layer vermiculite then about 8" of peat in a glass tank with temps ranging from 20-30c, first one took 5 weeks to sprout, care needed when transfering as tap root is about 10" before any top growth.
Submitted on 04/07/2004 by Vic Silver vic.s@breathe.com

...very difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
total of 10 seeds. soaked in water for a 7 days. Planted out in good sized pots that had where deep. Took up to 6 mouths for the first one to sprout. With on the next week all so another 3 had sprouted and stared to grow.
Submitted on 12/02/2004 by Will Will_00000@hotmail

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
May take longer to germinate than one reads, so don't throw them away too fast. Mine started sprouting at 4 months and continued to 6 months. Soaked 2-3 days in warm (80F / 25C) water changed daily, then to baggies with barely moist coconut fiber kept at 30C / 90F. Check frequently because the shoot grows fast and becomes fragile. Transplanted out to deep pots when shoot 1 inch / 2.5cm long.
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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In north in Fiji Islands they need very little care and grow normal.
Very tough in coastal areas. Needing only full sun and good drainage. No problems with transplanting. the red colors last longer than on the L.lod but do disappear as the palm becomes greener. It also develops a tomentose. Also very attractive in a large pot for many years if given good exposure.
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
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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