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Metroxylon sagu

Sago Palm

An extremely fast growing, large, clustering palm that sports a robust trunk below a crown of gracefully ascending, deep green, pinnate leaves. Each trunk in a cluster flowers only once and dies after producing thousands of golfball-sized, scaly fruits, only to be quickly replaced by a new sucker. Thought to have originated in New Guinea, M. sagu today is widely grown all over South East Asia due to the starchy pith of its trunk, a staple for some indigenous societies, the long lasting thatch that the leaves provide, and other useful material. It is also a great ornamental for the large tropical garden.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Difficult, but possible I tried this seeds for the second time, at first time I got no possible result with common palm seed germination method (coconut fibre, underground heat). Arrival of the seeds from rarepalmseeds Dec. 1, 2006. I soaked the seeds 6 weeks in warm water 25 - 30 grd C. Then in quite humid black earth, temperature day 25 - 30 grd C, temperature night 18 - 20 grd C. Germination starts mid may 2007. 4 seeds germinated, now growing fine, 4 seeds rooted, 2 seeds still without reaction.
Submitted on 25/05/2007 by MANFRED HARRER, COLOMBIA manfhar@hotmail.com

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seeds are very rare to find. U have to wait for at least 8 years (usually more than that) for this palm to flower, and the palm usually failed to produce seed (parthenocarpic fruit development). Seeds are difficult to germinate. Fallen fruits containing seeds (if u are lucky to find seeded fruits) could be skinned or skin left intact, should be sow in damp medium (not soggy, best to use compost/organic matter). Burried only half of the fruits (proximal end must be on top) in the planting medium and must be kept in relatively high humidity and high temperature (30 degree Celcius) environment. Seeds will germinate after 2-8 weeks of sowing. (U may want to check for seeded fruits by pocking it with pin. Pin would penetrate through the fruits if they were unseeded).
Submitted on 16/03/2006 by one of our visitors

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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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