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Latania verschaffeltii

Yellow Latan Palm

Latania is a genus of three species native to the Mascarene Islands. They are easy and satisfying to grow; they are not fussy; and they will grow in a range of warmer climates. They are easily distinguishable, especially when young, by the color of the petioles for which they are named. With its glossy yellow petioles and leaf margins and more lax leaves than the other species, Latania verschaffeltii is surely the most stunning in this small genus.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I collected 12 of these seeds at the end of August. After removing the flesh, I soak them in water for one day and then put the seeds into a ziplock bag after drying them with tissues. Within a week, 2 of them sprouted and within a month, another 8 seeds sprouted as well. So I think as long as the seeds are fresh, the germination rate is guaranteed.
Submitted on 18/10/2012 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Received the seeds early September, removed the hard shell and soaked in water for 12 hours then dipped in anti-fungal for 15 min. Planted in a deep bed of Coco peat and placed in make shift greenhouse with temp above 45 C and in 3 weeks 60% had germinated.
Submitted on 03/10/2012 by Hatem

...difficult to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
After removing this very strange soft shell of the seeds I soaked them in luke warm water for four days and then put them three together in pot, I covered them in peat moss and left them on a sunny spot, were the temperature was steady 90°F (30°C). My first seed came up on day 267..they send down very deep root so they should be sown into deep nursery pot, do not discard any seed as they are known to germinate up to more than a two years.
Submitted on 29/04/2004 by Jón Ágúst Erlingsson johnny13@torg.is

...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Well, I only had the chance to try 3 of these very strange looking seeds. Unfortunately only one sprouted (but that needn't be representative).
Submitted on 27/01/2003 by Tana Gottwald black-flame@web.de

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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.
Loves full sun but seems more tolerant of heavy soils than the other Latans. It also is sometimes attacked by the coconut beetle that chews on the petiole causing that leaf to fall. They transplant well and like fertilizer and watering. It has a softer, more glossy appearance than other Latans.
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
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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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