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Livistona muelleri

With its numerous small, stiff leaves arranged in a very orderly and ornamental fashion, this mid-sized palm from northeastern Australia grows to about 10 m (30 ft.) tall and looks a lot like a small Copernicia. Most impressive are its large, spreading, red inflorescences. In cultivation it has proven to be surprisingly adaptable; it is easily grown in any warm temperate to tropical climate, and will resist moderate freezes.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I 've put 10 seeds in a good mixture in differents pots. The temperature was 15-30°C, the first have germinated in 1 month, others followed. In 3 month I have 8. Livistona muelleri germination does not deserve its reputation for erratic germination.
Submitted on 04/08/2005 by Guillaume Chomicki-Bayada willy89@wanadoo.fr

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
40% germination after 3 weeks. 100 seeds placed in Ziplock bag with moist peat only with no soaking beforehand. Max day temp was 95F-105F and min night temp was 65F-75F.
Submitted on 11/08/2004 by Al Freeburne FreeburnesHoney@cs.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Sprouted seed in moist potting soil in zip lock plastic bags. Gentle bottom heat by way of a heating pad set on very low. germination in one month.
Submitted on 29/12/2002 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
A total of 98 seeds out of a quantity of 114 sprouted readily at an incubation temperature of approximately 85 degrees in a single tray of an inexpensive Kitchen Crop sprouter - all in a period of 8 days. The remaining 16 seeds continue to look viable and may or may not develop further. Seeds were presoaked in warm water at approximately 80 degrees for three days with daily water changes. After showing unmistakable signs of germination, each individual developing seed was placed in a separate 3X3X5 inch "liner" container filled with a 50/50 perlite/peatmoss mixture prepared with a moisture content of approximately 30-35%. The "liners" are kept in a 80-85 degrees environment and a spot check of six containers have revealed healthy and vigorous continuing root development of what are likely to become healthy seedlings in just a few more days.
Submitted on 16/12/2002 by Victor C. VanderLinden avogrow@tfb.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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