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Neoveitchia storckii

A handsome and large feather palm with short, very broad leaflets. It is endangered in its home of Fiji but is now becoming more common in cultivation. Thrives in tropical conditions where water is plentiful; also looks superb as a potted specimen in the conservatory or glasshouse.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Fresh seed germinates within one to three months, best results come from seed with most of the fibre removed. Flesh is thin, one to two millimetres, soak in water for three days to a week in temps above 30 degrees Celsius until fermented and soft. Remove all the flesh and soak in warm water for another 24 hours, use the zip seal bag method with a sandy, barely damp mix and maintain temps above 30 degrees c. Seeds put down a large tap root in comparison to the size of the seed and the initial shoot, so use of deep pots is an advantage if not a necessity.
Submitted on 30/12/2009 by Bruce Lowe

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Seeds that germinated best had most of the fiber removed and all were in bags of loamy soil or trays of potting mix. Palms in trays came first but the roots were deformed and were slow to grow compared to seed in 6 inch deep bags of soil. Our seed was fresh but still only about a 50% success. Germination was sporadic.
Submitted on 10/02/2007 by Jim Valentine snlsavusavu@connect.com.fj

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In north in Fiji Islands they need little care and grow normal.
The palm retains its undivided leaf for 4 to 5 years and after that time will handle full sun if given plenty of water. Is not fussy about soil as long as it is moist. Does not do well in coastal places. They will grow in partial shade but not as fast as with good sunlight. Needs water.
Submitted on 10/02/2007 by Jim Valentine snlsavusavu@connect.com.fj

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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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