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Nephrosperma vanhoutteanum

A slender, spiny pinnate palm, native only to the Seychelles Islands. It is well adapted to humid, tropical climates but only rarely seen in cultivation.

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Seeds from this species ...

...difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Soaked seeds for about a week, changing water daily, then planted in 50/50 mix of Jungle Growth and Miracle Grow, in a small hothouse with warming pad underneath. Almost five months on, and no activity yet.
Submitted on 19/02/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds received appeared slightly moist, therefore were not pre-soakedand sown the moment they arrived. As medium peat moss was used.The seeds were placed on top of the medium in clear sandwich box with tight lid, sprayed with warm waterand then covered by the same medium on about 2 cm. The lid was placed on top of the box andwas kept at 32 - 37 d.C. The box was checked daily and the medium was sprayed with water only when top ofthe medium appeared quite dry by touch.Seven out of ten seeds sprouted within 25 days of sowing, and in fact, three remaining ones may sprout soon as they look good.Further seedling growth are quite fast.
Submitted on 15/11/2002 by Sergei Leonov serileonov@hotmail.com

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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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