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Nannorrhops ritchiana (Kashmir)

This compact form of Nannorrhops comes from western Kashmir in the foothills of the great Karakoram Range, where it not only represents Nannorrhops' northeasternmost distribution, but also makes it the northernmost occurring palm in Asia. It grows here at altitudes around 1500m (4900 ft.) in a region that receives distinctly more rainfall than other areas of its natural distribution and that experiences snow and severe freezes in winter. It is likely to be not only the most cold tolerant Nannorrhops, but also the one that can cope best with humid conditions in Winter.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soaked seeds in water for about three days, then soaked seeds in hydrogen peroxide for roughly five minutes before sowing, rinsed and planted in germinating medium. Medium is 6-8 parts pearlite to 1 part peat moss (I sterilized the peat moss by "hydrating" it with boiling water and let it cool to room temperature), and I placed everything in a 1-gallon size community pot. Seeds were pushed lightly into planting mix, so the tops of the seeds were about even with the top of the soil. I then covered the seeds with 100% pearlite about 1/4- 1/2". The community pot was then placed in a grow box (just a big styrofoam box I made) with the lid slightly open and kept at 75 - 78 degrees F. It's only been about 3 weeks since sowing and already 2 seedlings have germinated. The radicle actually pushed the seed out of the planting medium, so I probably should have planted these seeds a little deeper.
Submitted on 02/05/2010 by Patrick Jensen

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Seeds were purchased from RPS in February 2008. Kept for a month cool (5degC) in slightly moist mix (perlite/sand), followed by one week at 15-20C, and finally soaked 2 days in 25-40C water, hoping for a success like when germinating silver form years ago- HOT. Not much germination achieved, just a few, scattered over months. I started to wonder if the previous known erratic behaviour of that species will manifest this time for me. Well, when serious heat came in end June (36-38C, outdoors, germination box temps up to 45), followed by a good watering, they literally exploded! Now I will wait for them to show the sprouts, which is usually short (about 10 days), faster than Chamaerops. Waiting for Rhapidophyllum sprouts is the serious thing- about a month from germination bump to above ground sprout!!Much care about water- they have the ability to exploit the smallest amount, and any excess wil harm and kill- easy rot! Also, safer to use mineral substrate, far as I observed- just follow the habitat parameters as much as possible and it will be fine. Fabian- Bucharest, Romania
Submitted on 07/07/2008 by Fabian Vincentiu Vanghele

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Received 10 seeds from a friend that purchased from RPS. Soaked seeds in warm water for three days, changing daily. Placed seeds in moist potting medium in baggie and onto heat mat. Placed in baggie on 11-07-07, as of 1-27-08, 7 of 10 germinated and waiting for the other three. Transferred to a community pot and placed in greenhouse. Extremely easy to get going!!!
Submitted on 28/01/2008 by Randy4ut amadrat@bellsouth.net

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Ordered seeds from RPS, soaked them for a week in lukewarm water, changing water daily. They were sowed in a plastic container, in a damp mixture of 50% sand and 50% standard compost, and kept at about 35 degrees Centigrade. 3 seeds sprouted within a week, and 4 more by the end of the month. Unfortunately, after I transplanted them into individual pots, I kept them too moist and 4 of them rotted. The other ones are growing pretty fast, they seem to love heat and bright light.
Submitted on 24/01/2008 by one of our visitors

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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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