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Black Palm

Lovely plumose-leaved palm from north-east Australia where it is known as the Black palm on account of the density of its dark timber. Fast growing, it is suitable for sub-tropical and tropical planting and deserves wider attention. It is superficially similar to Wodyetia which has rather overshadowed it in recent years, but it has its own charm and would add character to any planting. Attractive, too, as a young plant, when the silver backs of its leaves can best be appreciated.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Fresh seed will germinate in a week then grow roots very rapidly. I potted mine up within 2 weeks with 40 out of 44 seeds germinating. A beautiful palm requiring year round moisture and rainforest conditions but will take morning direct sun from about the 5th leaf. Not drought tolerant like Wodyetia, therefore a little harder to grow if you don't have water in good supply.
Submitted on 25/08/2007 by Tyrone Cripps tynat98@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Very easy to germinate. I soaked in tap water for 4 days, then used the ziplock bag method filled with sphagnum. Rapidly most of the seeds germinated lovely big healthy shoots!
Submitted on 31/10/2005 by poppy wise poppyw@bellamyhayden.com.au

...very easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Easy to grow if given protection when young. A mate of mine has it fruiting south of Brisbane, Australia. Winters dont seem to bother it- down to 0.9 degrees seems ok when grown in the shade. From Kris
Submitted on 31/05/2005 by Kris Kupsch tropicalbotanics@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
First roots in 3weeks first leaf may take many more monts to start . One bnatch took 2monts to fully germinate , others took 6 months All seed was less then 2weeks old. Planted in pots directly.
Submitted on 12/07/2003 by one of our visitors

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In north in Fiji Islands they need very little care and grow normal.
Does not like full sun until about 5 years old. Easy to handle and transplant so long as all roots are intact. Responds well to water and fertilizers and not fussy about soil as long as receiving 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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