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Phoenix rupicola

Cliff Date Palm

Forget everything you have ever thought about Phoenix palms. This stunning species from the foothills of the Himalayas has little in common with its relatives from drier climates, and, with its long, elegantly arching, shiny green fronds and smooth, slender trunk, it actually resembles a coconut palm. It is easy and fast growing, suitable for tropical as well as temperate climates, and will even tolerate moderate frosts. Seeds are wild collected and guaranteed not to be hybrid--a guarantee rarely able to be given about a species from a cultivated source. In cultivation, Phoenix rupicola has become hugely popular in recent years.

This is the 'new' Phoenix that everyone is currently talking about! In obscurity for a century, this species really is the most elegant of all the Phoenix palms and impossible to confuse with the rest of the genus. These plants are bound to be extremely popular in the future. The seeds that we sold a few years ago have already produced very attractive young plants, with soft & glossy dark green leaves which are held at right angles to the horizontal. For the grower this palm is perfect, with its inexpensive seeds, fast and easy germination, rapid growth and compact size. For the end user its main attributes are its tough and easy care nature, cold hardiness, compact size and shape, slim white trunk, and glossy leaves almost reminiscent of a coconut palm. Grab this opportunity to buy it now while supplies are plentiful and cheap, in just 3-5 years you'll be so glad you did.

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Seeds from this species ...

...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
difficult to ger minate and needs up 3 months tp sprout to germinate
Submitted on 25/01/2005 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Surprisingly good results, with nearly 95% germination rate. Need water when young, but must drain very well.
Submitted on 19/02/2004 by Tom Cave tom@thomascave.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked 10 seeds in water for 3 days, then planted in damp peat over bottom heat on 4/11/03, no direct light. When checked on 5/4/03, 7 of the seeds had germinated, and 3 of these had both roots and initial leaf visible.
Submitted on 04/05/2003 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds of Phoenix rupicola are very easy to grow, but I would like to inform you about my bad experience with my seed's supplier from India. I have bought these seeds 2 tmes for 0.5 kg, first time in may 2002 and second time in october 2002 and both time I have received seeds in very bad quality. More than 90% of seeds were damaged by infectous disease. I dont know whether fruits of this sort suffered form disease more than other species of Phoenix, but ill seeds are unable to germinate. Therefore be carefull by buing seeds of these species. By the way, other species of Phoenix from India like P. acaulis and sylvestris have very good seeds.
Submitted on 15/11/2002 by Martin Smetana kpr@post.sk

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The Phoenix Rupicola sprouted in 20 days in a peat moss and perlite mix in sealed plastic containers at a constant 90 degrees after a 5 day presoak.
Submitted on 08/02/2002 by James Chambers chambejf@songs.sce.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
also from rarepalmseeds I got 10 seeds in February 01,four germinated within four weeks, no more germination later.Now, 9 month after germination, 4 leafs 30 cm height.Slow grower, it seems that they need higher temperature.Pre-soaking, climate chamber @ 30°C, used Kokohum moist.Image available on request.
Submitted by Jens JensBluetling@onlinehome.de

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Easy like all Phoenix, I have sown straightly one seed per pot 7x7x10cm and after few weeks they came up uniformly. Protect the seedlings from direct sun in the first years, because they don't like this, unlike P.canariensis, dactylifera and reclinata.Final rate have been 85%
Submitted by Angelo Porcelli angelopalm69@inwind.it

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Plants from this species ...

In Florida in USA they need average care and grow very slow.
I have eight in the ground that I grew from seeds ordered here. The ones in partial shade doing well. The ones in full sun holding on, but not thriving. Clear differences between the two groups. Adding shade and hoping for improvement.Very slow growing. At present two and half years since germination. Only 8-10 inches high, so a few years from forming a trunk, and years from looking like the picture. All palms in sandy soil,mulched and fertilized. Receive regular irrigation. On the bright side unbothered by 3 hurricanes at this size.
Submitted on 22/03/2006 by Blake Crane blcran40@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.

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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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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