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Phoenix loureiroi var. humilis

Mountain Date Palm

An extremely variable species with a widespread distribution, ranging from India through China to the Philippines. Our seeds come from populations in the Himalayas in NE-India. As opposed to many other forms of this species, this is an attractive, non-suckering type, much resembling a dwarf P. canariensis. A very robust species which will thrive in temperate or tropical climates and, found to 1700m (5600ft) altitude, it tolerates quite hard frosts.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I received this species with an order of many genera. I am pleased with the timely service and quality of seed. I sowed 100 seed in a 7 gallon standard black plastic container/pot. The mix was 50 perlite X 50%ground Pine bark. With in 3 months they 80% has germinated. They grown slow but steady. I have kept them on the dry side as far as watering schedule.
Submitted on 16/11/2008 by Jim Rodgers

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
First of all, I would like to say that this company has very viable seed that is hard to come by. Secondly, I ordered 10 seeds and received 13, which does not happen all of the time, but is certianlly a bonus. And the germ rate was 100%! This rarely happens with palm seed, and the time was 23 days for 85%, the remainder finished within 10 days. The method I use is more mithodical than anything. I use a single large container with a heating pad underneath, and olny pearlite. I create seperate micro-envrions and I olny water with captian. The container is dark and inspected daily. I am hoping that this palm will live in zone 8a.
Submitted on 13/11/2003 by Blain Evans blain.evans@barksdale.af.mil

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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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