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Livistona inermis

Wispy fan Palm

The Wispy fan palm is well named. It has a very narrow trunk and a small crown of deeply split, fan shaped leaves with very narrow segments. Seed is rarely offered for sale.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
very east and quick to germinate. got 10 seeds from rarepalmseeds, placed them on the surface of 50/50 mix of perlite and compost in a small plastic box. closed the lid and placed in my garage ( 30 - 35 degrees ). the sedds germinated in 10 days!
Submitted on 07/10/2011 by A.Qader Jaffer

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Seeds arrived in February (mid-summer), after a day's soaking in plain water were potted in 50% sand 50% commercial potting mix, for better drainage. Pot was left in near-full sun and first seeds germinated after about a month; several more germinated around October in the spring heat. This species is very prone to rotting off, essential to sow in open, well drained medium, with regular fungicide treatment to prevent rot.
Submitted on 21/12/2009 by Mark Wuschke

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soaked seeds for 1-1. 5 days in water, then rinsed in bleach solution quickly before rinsing with water. Placed seeds in moist cocopeat/coir (wrung water out of the peat with hands) in a sealed tupperware container. Maintained heat around 30-36 deg C. Germination took just over a month and was 100%.
Submitted on 18/04/2009 by Ben Wielstra

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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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