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Lytocaryum weddellianum

Miniature Coconut Palm

Formerly known as Microcoelum weddellianum or Cocos weddelliana, this small palm originates from high altitudes in Brazil's Coastal Cloud Forest. Now rare in the wild due not to 'over exploitation by seed collectors' as is popularly and routinely supposed, but by forest destruction that is eating up the tiny remaining areas where it clings to life. Just one more palm that may have to survive in cultivation if it is to survive at all.
It is not the easiest of palms to cultivate but certainly unsurpassed for its beautiful, finely pinnate, arching leaves. Lytocaryum is suited to a wide range of climates from cool temperate to cool tropical and will tolerate light frosts. It grows best in a humus rich, acidic soil. Our samples have produced nearly 100% germination.

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
a large plastic clear tray with a lid, cocofiber, water well, and sit back and wait. easy, i have a tray full of them, no holes in it, when it rains it fills up, then i strain it out, but they dont seem to care, cold or wet...
Submitted on 21/11/2009 by Adam-Grant SydneyPalms.com.au

... are average to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Germination can be very quick, but I have some trouble with seeds with broken shells. Lots of them rot away pretty soon. The ones that are not broken seem to gereminate allright. I've managed to get only one seed without shell to germinate without rotting in a plastic bag with almost dry germinating soil at about 25 degreeds celsius.
Submitted on 22/06/2007 by Kai Kuné fishyboy2@hotmail.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I received these from RPS and 9 of 12 had already germinated. The balance germinated the following week w/ the baggie method. They put out a strap style leave quickly but haven't done much since that, about a month since germination.
Submitted on 23/12/2006 by Patrick suringwi@aol.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I was pleasantly surprised to see a 75% germination rate within a few short months. The seeds were kept moist but not wet and planted in a commercial potting soil in 80 degree weather under a 75% shade, shade house. Unfortunate one of my pots became clogged and waterlogged and all 10 of the seeds in that pot rotted, so recommend not over watering. I choose this palm because I live in Hawaii where the coconut palm is popular, but the local urban areas now have height restrictions for landscaping.
Submitted on 17/12/2006 by jane freeman janefree0513@yahoo.com

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I might have done something wrong with these seeds and that's a shame, for they were very hard to obtain for me. The 50 seeds were dry on arrival, so I soaked them for two days in water, refreshing the water twice a day. Some of the seeds I peeled the shell off and with some I didn't. After that I put them in very deep pots with germinating soil, but I might have kept them too wet. A total of 50 seeds left me with only 5 seedlings, wich are healthy though and growing well.
Submitted on 06/11/2006 by one of our visitors

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I recieved 10 of these seeds. I soaked them overnight as they appeared to be rather dry. They were placed in a ziplock bag with a compost/perlite mix and left in the dark without any heat at an abient temp of 70 F and two sprouted in one month. Two more a month later and none since. Three have rotted and the three remaining were placed in a pot with bottom heat. This species may be easier to germinate but the seeds were very dry upon arrival and I believe that the medium I used was kept too wet. Slow sinker growth and overall slow growth of the seedlings.
Submitted on 30/12/2005 by Michael Iufer miufer@ucsd.edu

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Collected seeds from a beautiful specimen of Lytocaryum weddellianum I've grown for 14 years in my garden growing in partial deep shade, a heavily producing female. The seeds once turned orange are ready to crop, between 40-50 small coconut shaped seeds per spike. I peel the seeds and dry in the shade for a few days then sow one inch deep, three in a pot, well drained humus and volcanic ash. 99% germination 2-3 months to appear, quite slow to grow. I am very pleased with this most graceful of small shade palms!...well worth the wait.
Submitted on 22/08/2003 by Richard Martin alcyone@netmadeira.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Removed the thin, loose, dry shell covering each of 10 seeds, then soaked the seeds in water for 3 days. Planted in damp peat over bottom heat on 4/11/03, when 3 were checked for germination status on 5/4/03, 1 of them already had a visible sprout.
Submitted on 04/05/2003 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Very easy to germinate, just follow common germination practises.
Submitted on 06/12/2002 by Mike Jamison wendymike@optusnet.com.au

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I had 50% germination by placing the seeds in a sealed ziploc bag with peat moss. For moisture I followed the recommendation of the germination instructions and wetted the moss until I could barely squeeze out a drop. I expect the rest of the seeds will germinate in time. I assume the reason for 50% germ and the process taking a bit longer was due to not imbibing the seed for a 24hr period or so.
Submitted on 30/03/2002 by Drew Johnson DrewJohnson88@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
In my point of view one of the best indoor-palms. Nine of ten seeds -acquired here end May 01- germinated after two-four weeks. One rotted 6 weeks after germination. Nevertheless the eight do well, seven I gave away, many people was interested). Still a small plant (5cm, 4 leafs, after 6 month) it grows well 1,5m from south-window. The leafs faced to the windows shows a slight sunburn in point of leafs. One day presoaking, climate chamber @ 30°C, used Kokohum moist. I will buy a batch next time again here.
Submitted by Jens JensBluetling@onlinehome.de

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The seeds were soaked for 24 hours in luke warm water, then placed in sealed bags with moist peat moss. A four hour potassium nitrate soak had no effect on germination rate. They send a deep root first, with no growth above ground for several weeks. Germination began in two weeks, with 100% germination within one month.
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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.

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