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Licuala mattanensis Mapu

We're not exaggerating when we say that is one of the most sought after palms in the world. Word on the street is that one leaf seedlings are selling for $50 A PIECE! Finally, after much searching and many requests from our customers, we have found a reliable source of supply at a good price. The small, sickle-shaped seeds lose their viability quickly so we ship them in slightly moist sphagnum or coco-fibre to ensure their safe arrival. They should be planted immediately in warmth and moisture. The resulting plant is a jaw-dropper that causes quite a stir. Small, square-ended leaves (like a tiny Licuala spinosa) but with beautiful marbled blotches make this small palm unique.

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germination comments by our visitors
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Seeds from this species ...

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Straight into 75% sand 25% peat moss mix. After 6 months with bottom heat at 30 degrees, two came up. After 4 more months, two more have come up. Soaked containers in fungicide and insecticide about once every two months.
Submitted on 11/02/2011 by Mark Wuschke

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Germination started after about 4 weeks in a ziplock bag with neem coir around 35 degrees Celcius. 90% succes.
Submitted on 16/07/2009 by one of our visitors

... are average to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Vey fresh seeds from rarepalmseedsThey were soaked for 48 hours, after that, planted in a mixture of soil grade A special for seedlings with vermiculite and placed at a room temperature of 25 - 30 C, good humidity conditionsThey started to sprout 3 months laterThe rate of germination after 5 months is 50%
Submitted on 14/05/2009 by yes

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I tried two times with seeds from a seeds company from Borneo with no result, as the seeds too dry. From rarepalmseeds I got humid seeds in July 2008 and in only 6 weeks I detected the first root. Germination at 30 grd C with coconut fibre, high humidity. Now sprooting first leaf after two months. 4 seeds germinated, 4 other seeds still in order, 2 seeds rooted. Nothing at all dificult. The most important factor is fresh seeds shipped in humid conditions.
Submitted on 06/08/2008 by MANFRED HARRER

... are average to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
I did not soak the seeds. I placed them in a fast draining soil (almost mulch like) containing bark, peat, sawdust at a PH pf 6.5 . Placed 10 seeds in cups, covered in plastic bags and located them in a dark area of the kitchen with temps ranging between 75-85F. The first 2 seeds sprouted within a month. Another sprouted after 2 months. After 5 months I have noticed another 2 seeds starting to push a root (the previous 3 already have one leaf). So after about 5 months a germination success rate of 50%! Very rewarding considering how difficult this palm is to grow.
Submitted on 16/09/2007 by Mike miguelf_9@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I placed 10 seeds in moist sphagnum peat moss in a ziploc bag kept at 75 to 80 F under medium lighting. after 5 months I assumed they were not going to grow. A couple weeks later when cleaning out my grow room, I noticed 4 healthy sprouts in the bag. They are doing well in medium light and I am hoping for more germinations. Patience seems to be a factor with these seeds.
Submitted on 23/11/2003 by Mike mjbtol@aol.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
be careful with these they rot easy no need to soak ,but soak in fungicide for 5 minutes,i tried 2 ways some in fine sawdust,and spagnum moss both moist both worked well but spagnum moss had more seed rot ,they started germinating fist week but only a dozen of a 100 they'll continue to germinate sparatically for up to 5 mths 50% success must be kept moist after planting until it is established
Submitted on 13/11/2002 by jason pasahow JPSE66@aol.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 Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia they need average care and grow very slow.
I had some 20 of these plants for 10 yrs now. Very slow growing with a current trunk of 9 inches. The first 2 years are a pain with the seedling hardly growing. A note on seed germination is that they do not turn out consistent in color form from the parent plant. I have seen from a selection of 300 4yr old plants whereby only 10% are of the brightly mottled variety. The rest were a dark green on green mottling which is quite dull. They need alot of water and once established can take alot of direct sunlight. From my observation, they seem to fruit from 5-6 yrs old and do it year round. Fruit takes almost 2 mths to ripen and must have the specific pollinator insect. Otherwise a most delightful darling to have around.
Submitted on 26/07/2008 by Tog Tan

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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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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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