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Livistona saribus

Taraw Palm

This palm is widespread in Southeast Asia, and has a robust, solitary trunk and large, circular, shiny green leaves. Mature plants carry big clusters of showy, bright blue fruits. It is extremely fast growing and a fine palm for the tropical or subtropical garden, and even for protected spots in the warm temperate garden. It also makes an excellent pot plant when young, with the big, swollen thorns on the leaf stalk adding to its attractiveness. We now have very fresh seeds available of the more cold tolerant "green" form!

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...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
as with most species of livistonia that I have germinated these also have a thin outer casing on the seed which needs to be removed .Simply press the seed onto a hard surface and this is enough to crack the outer covering. which is then removed .I then soaked the seeds in water for 48 hours changing the water after 24 hours and placing a small amout of thiram [fungicide]powder in the water for the last 6 hours.The seeds were then placed in a zip lock bag with spaghnam moss that had been moistened and then squeezed firmly so that most of the water had been removed.The seeds were then placed on a heating pad and after 16 days the first 3 have germinated.These seeds are remote germinators and after the first root is about 1 inch long I will plant out into individual pots and keep on a heating tray until the first leaf appears
Submitted on 14/09/2003 by Don Findlay

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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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