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Lemurophoenix halleuxii

Red Lemur Palm

Fabulous, large rainforest palm from Madagascar with a large, smooth, greyish-pink crownshaft, Lemurophoenix is very rare and occurs only in a single valley in the north of the island. Beentje and Dransfield in their "Palms of Madagascar" consider it "probably the grandest palm of the whole island." Seeds are somewhat erratic to germinate but young plants grow quickly under humid, warm, subtropical or tropical conditions.

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... are difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
As the other members posted, this palm needs high heat and humidity without being in a wet soil. I planted 2 batches: one in peat and perlite and the other in perlite and volcanic rock. The latter mix performed better as I had 8 out of 50 seeds germinate and 3 out of those 8 survive. This being the case, I would recommend sewing these in 100% coarse perlite in a plastic bin, spraying with water every 2 weeks to keep some moisture, and keeping in the sun where it can get very warm- up to 110 degrees F. Pot up any sprouts in 60% perlite and 40% peat with some fungicide powder mixed in to prevent fungus.
Submitted on 04/12/2005 by Socal Grower socalwholesale22@yahoo.com

...difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I received 11 seeds from rarepalmseeds and after researching several methods I decided to treat them in hot water (approx. 50°C) for about 30 min. After this treatment I placed the seeds in a zip-lock bag in moist (apparently more moisture is better) sphagnum moss. After 4 months I placed one germinated (and sprouting) seed in a large pot with kokohum that I keep constantly moist. During the germination period I kept the seeds at about 32°C and now, the only seedling I have is in a semi-shaded area with daytime temperatures of approx. 35°C. I can only agree with all the other recommendations I've read: the hotter the better but keep the seeds moist.I consider one seedling a success given L. halleuxii's reputation as being difficult, and I hope to see more seedlings soon...
Submitted on 05/04/2005 by Konrad kschuettig@yahoo.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Very important to place seeds in a humid atmosphere but not wet .I placed them on a bed of charcole with moss under and a plastic cover to keep humid at around 33 deg c . Under no circumstances do you have them where they cannot drain properly otherwise they will rot. germination took place around 2 months and the subsquient growth was reasonably fast --there again I have potted them on in a very free draining mix that is barly moist with a lot of charcole in the mix.
Submitted on 10/03/2005 by one of our visitors

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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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