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Licuala orbicularis

To say that L. orbicularis makes L. grandis look like a cabbage may be an exaggeration, but when you have seen this fabulous species, it's the only one you'll want to grow. The leaves are large, simple, circular in outline and quite flat, just stunning. The natives in their natural habitat of Sarawak like them so much they cut the leaves to use as temporary umbrellas, then throw them away as soon as the rain stops. Rather tropical in their requirements, they make excellent potted plants in less favoured climates, and thrive in rich and moist soil, and humidity in the air.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Place 10 seeds I bought from RPS in a 8" container, potting mix are 1/3 sphagnum peat moss, 1/3 coco corr, 1/3 perlite. Water weekly and cover with a plastic bag. 1 seed germinated after 10 month. The sprout are white and tiny.
Submitted on 26/03/2013 by one of our visitors

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
I purchased seed from RPS of this species and have yet to see any action, though the seed still appear firm and in good condition. They were sowed in a seven gallon pot that contained a mixture of 60% organic (pine bark) and 40% perlite with regular watering. Still waiting! Will report later!
Submitted on 19/04/2007 by Jim Rodgers NearlyNativeNursery@hotmail.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I put a few seeds in a pot and almost forgot about them. I just gave them some water when the soil looked a bit dry. I put the seeds near the window and each night I closed the curtains around them so they would get the sun early in the morning. I can't remember how long it took exactly but one morning when I drew back the curtains I discovered little baby green sprouts. Happy.
Submitted on 27/04/2006 by one of our visitors

...difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I did not have good luck with this palm, low germination percentage, and slow, using bottom heat.
Submitted on 23/12/2002 by Van vandringar@hotmail.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 davao City in Philippines they need average care.
I have a few of these beauties and they are not very hard to grow. I give them a good mix of soil with perlite as they don't want wet feet. My plants are 4 feet tall and are in 5 gallon containers. They seem to like large containers. I throw in a handful of osmocote every 4 months and they really like it. I plant to repot very three or four years but in the intervening years I top off the pots with a compost
Submitted on 03/10/2007 by Ponchit Ponce Enrile ponchit_gardenworx@yahoo.com

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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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