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Livistona mariae

The young plants of this lovely palm from Central Australia have brilliant red leaves when grown in full sun. Tough and adaptable, it is easily grown from seed and tolerates drought and moderate frosts.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Placed 10 seeds in a zip bag with a small amount of vermiculite (60ml tap water per litre vermiculite). No pre-soaking. 100% germination in thirteen days. Bags were left outdoors in shade with temperature varying between 25c and 35c.
Submitted on 21/02/2008 by Ian Smith ian.smith@hysen.info

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I just put them in a pot with potting soil on heat mat in my greenhouse at 25°c untill now 1 is forming its first leaf and I expect the other two to follow soon.
Submitted on 26/11/2007 by Ivo Leijen Ovide77@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I have found this species very easy to germinate, like almost all species of Livistona, using the 'baggie method'. Using the classic procedure (soaking, putting the bag on a heater etc.) you can expect a very high rate, nearly 100%
Submitted by Angelo Porcelli angelopalm69@inwind.it

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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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