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Licuala ramsayi

Australian fan Palm

A truly spectacular palm, native to the lush rainforests of northeastern Queensland. It boasts a spreading crown of huge, circular leaves, to 2 m (7 ft) across, with wide, wedge-shaped segments. One of the largest members of the genus Licuala, its slender trunk can reach to 15 m (50 ft) tall. In the sheltered tropical or subtropical garden, it will develop at a steady pace, and young plants are well suited for indoor decoration.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I sowed these seeds in 1L black germination bags after soaking them for about 4-5 days. Since i live in the tropical lowlands of Bolivia, I dont need to ziplock-bag them first. The seeds I received from RPS were super fresh and after about 4 weeks i have 25% germination... Thanks Toby..!
Submitted on 30/09/2013 by Jonas Qvistmose

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Subtropical conditions slow growth but this can be fastened by growing them in wet soil. I have about 50 growing south of Brisbane and they seems to be growing very well, even with winter temps down near 0 C. Inthe wild they can be found growing up to 800m asl, but are very common in the lowlands. At Kuranda they grow prolifically in seasonally inundated spots, it can sometimes get cold there.The Cape York form is certainly different and is called Licuala ramsayi ssp. Pajinka. I have 2 of these and they grow just as fast as L. ramsayi spp. ramsayi exept they dont have thorns on their petioles. From Kris
Submitted on 31/05/2005 by Kris Kupsch tropicalbotanics@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
planted in a comercial soiless potting media 2x their depth. germination started after 6 mts and is contuinuing 14mts later , 70% after 11mts . No seed preparation. Seeds were in foam boxes and placed in the nursery under normal irrigation
Submitted on 12/07/2003 by one of our visitors

...difficult to germinate.
I collected them myself, sowed them fresh, and had 100 percent rot off in sphag/perlite/bottom heat baggy method. Can't get any fresher. Maybe this one was pollinated by L. grandis nearby and seed was never viable?
Submitted on 06/05/2002 by bob kreisher rkreishe@chuma.cas.usf.edu

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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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