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Licuala sp. (Pre Ati)

This most unusual and truly stunning, small, clustering palm from rainforests in Papua New Guinea holds many long, arching, bifid leaves that let is go unrecognized as a Licuala at first glance. A collectors gem, easily on a par with rare species such as L. mattanensis and L. cordata.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked seeds in water for 3 days. Then placed in Ziplock plasticbox with palmfiber 80%, sand 20% temp 22~30c. Seeds started germinating 30 days later.
Submitted on 16/01/2008 by Nobuo Fujiwara kaidaao.medamayaki@docomo.ne.jp

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Actually its closer to 1 and a half months I received the 10 seeds from Rarepalmseeds.com on June 6, 2007. I soaked them in slightly warm water for 3 days. I added Dithane, a fungicide, in the water and watered it out the following day when I changed the water. A thin film of the Dithane coats each seed which will I hope would prevent future fungus attacksTo germinate I put them in a microwavable container with slightly moist cocopeat - basically the baggie method but in a box. I took a peak Last July 29 and one of the seeds had a sprout but I left it in until the root reached the bottom of the container. The root reached the bottom on August 22 so on August 25 I decided to change the cocopeat of the germination box and pot all the seeds that have root sprouts –I found 5 root sprouts!! 2 already had long roots about an inch each and the leaf is starting to grow too. The other 3 are just beginning to sprout. I potted all 5 individually with a medium composed on Cgarcoaled rice husk, garden soil, compost and perlite. I put back the other seeds for a second round. 50% in one month!! Good odds considering that Licualas are suppose to be sporadic when it comes to germination and could take 3 years to happen.
Submitted on 25/08/2007 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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