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Licuala spinosa

Mangrove fan Palm

One of the most robust species of Licuala, this palm from coastal areas is widespread in south-east Asia. It is fast growing and does well in subtropical and tropical areas. Unlike most other Licuala, it can take full sun and considerable coastal exposure.

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Remove the hard shell of the seed and then soked 3 days in water,changing water daily . After that i put the seeds in the soil and water until the upper part of the soil is wet. Don't let the soil dry . I keep on watering everyday. First seed germinated within a month and the rest had germinated in 2-3 months.
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...very difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Seeds of this palm was stored under about 30c for about 10 months. Then These were prepared for germination.
Submitted on 01/09/2005 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Standard method sphagnum/ziploc. Heat from top (60w bulb). 54% after 30 days
Submitted on 09/09/2004 by Alexis Dragoni adragoni@coqui.net

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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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