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Masoala kona

Kona Palm

A new and rare species from montane rainforest in south-eastern Madagascar. The large, stiffly erect leaves are up to 4.5 m (15 ft) long and have only a few very wide leaflets on either side. A very unusual palm that would be well worth a try in humid tropical and warm subtropical areas.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
They really take up to 8 months! Mine were planted the 31th of January and began germinating in October... I kept them inside an incubator with a temperature ranging between 25-28 Celsius. You must keep them moist and have a lot of patience! Also beware of any fungi that may appear, as you will have to clean it immediately.
Submitted on 11/10/2008 by Luis Diego

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I have bought seeds of this species 2 times. In the first time 10 of 11 seeds have sprouted, beginning in 112 days. They were in sphagnum moss, in a zip bag. High temperatures of summer when sprouts. In second time, just one seed has sprouted, after 7 and half months. Seeds in zip bag, with coco fibres.
Submitted on 02/01/2008 by João Carlos Geraldo jcgeraldi@uol.com.br

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Plants from this species ...

In Brotas, São Paulo State in Brazil they need average care and grow very slow.
Plant growing in black plastic bag, under a tree (high light, in a shaded place). Humus rich, but well drained soil. Regularly irrigated. Seedlings are very susceptible to drought, dying easy with water lack. Very very slow palm to grow: in 5 years just about 15 cm high.
Submitted on 02/01/2008 by João Carlos Geraldo jcgeraldi2uol.com.br

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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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