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Licuala grandis

Well known by now for its large, circular, simple, undivided and closely pleated leaves, this Licuala makes an unusual plant for indoors or out. The seed germinates readily and grows slowly but steadily in the tropical or warm subtropical garden, producing a slim trunk in the process. It can be planted in sun or full shade but should be out of the wind.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I planted these seeds in moist peat and sand 50/50 mix in a clear plastic tub with a tight lid. Closed it, put it under a planting work bench and forgot about it. Average daytime temp = 85 degrees. Two months later the tube was full of seedlings. I seperated them into 4"pots and a year later into 3gal. When they were about 2 years old and about 18" tall we had a hard freeze in South Florida and they all looked dead and shriveled with brown buds, some that easly pulled out of the stem. I didn't get around to tossing them and 3 months later most all recovered and are since growing well (about 3' tall now).So don't throw away your dead palms, you never know when they might revive.
Submitted on 22/11/2013 by chris

... are easy to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
I sow these palm grow in steet plant in Phnom Penh in Cambodia so I picked some of the ripe fruit of the palm and peel of the skin of the seed. I germinate them in a cup and soil. watered it everyday and 2 weeks later I came back from Siam Reap to Phnom Penh and it have grow.
Submitted on 05/01/2007 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
After 4 months, about 30-40% germination rate. Soaked in water for 7 days, then planted in small greenhouse with 50/50 mix of Miracle Grow and Jungle Growth.
Submitted on 16/03/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Out of 20 seeds received 12 germinated in moist peat in clear plastic box with tight lid at constant 32 d. C. Germination started after 1 month of sowing and completed after about 3 months.All seedlings died relatively quickly one after another at the stage of first leaf development above soil.The loss was most probably because of low humidity.Germination of these seeds is not a question but the question is how to keep the seedlings alive indoors?
Submitted on 24/11/2003 by Sergei Leonov serileonov@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Germinates in 2-3 months with or without soaking. This is a beautiful palm for indoor use.
Submitted on 01/03/2003 by Steve Flynn sflynn22@mac.com

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plant cultivation comments by our visitors
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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Phnom Penh in Cambodia they need little care and grow normal.
A nice palm outdoor or indoor palm, the one I have is growing in Cambodia and about 5 year old it use normal soil, I have a three feet one and it can grow in shade or in full sun.
Submitted on 03/12/2007 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.

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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Suitable for: all

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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