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Pholidostachys pulchra

This palm looks just like a very big Geonoma, and has stunning RED new leaves. The leaflets are very broad and of different widths, giving it a striking appearance, quite different from most other palms. It is occasionally clustering and produces spicate infructescences carrying quite large fruits. A perfect choice for a shady, tropical or subtropical garden.

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50 -60% germination using peat mix and heat at about 85-90F (Baggie method). First sprouts after a month and a few are still sprouting after 4 months. Slow growing.
Submitted on 23/08/2007 by Mike miguelf_9@hotmail.com

... are very difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
I bought 100 seeds on 12 June 2005 from rarepalmseeds and planted them in a trogh with red heavy soil and gravel at the bottom, wich was covered with a plastic sheet to hold the water(we have a water problem, except when it rains) nothing happened, but the seeds were very happy, until 23 December 2005 23 seedslings, come May 2006 40 seedlings and they are still sprouting.Even the seedlings are beautifull, I am glad I was patient.
Submitted on 29/05/2006 by Hedy van Winkelhof hedy@iwayafrica.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.

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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