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Pelagodoxa henryana

Marquesas Palm

This strange and very beautiful palm from the tropical Marquesas Islands in the South Pacific sports a moderately tall, slender, smooth trunk topped by a spreading crown of large, undivided leaves that are whitish below and may be split by strong winds. The much sought after seeds are very large and round and germinate within a few months. In its native habitat, Pelagodoxa is critically endangered and the species relies heavily on cultivation to survive.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Pelagodoxa only need a big pot. The seeds are easy to germinate and with only three months had 80% germination.They are growing fast and well here in Brazil, my region is "Subtropical Hot."thank youFábio
Submitted on 08/10/2012 by Fabio de Oliveira Barbosa

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I found that with fresh seeds, the quickest way to obtain germination was to cover 2/3 of the warty fruit in a black pot with an even mixture of peat, volcanic cinder, and potting soil. The pot was left outside in the full tropical sun so as to keep the soil warm. Daytime temps ranged 74-82f, while nighttime temps were in the 64-70f range. Maintaining constant moisture enabled the germination process to hasten.
Submitted on 30/12/2004 by Sean Hannah PahoaSean@aol.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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