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Pinanga batanensis

Batan Palm

A rare species from tiny Batan Island, located halfway between the Philippines and Taiwan.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I received my packet of seeds in Sept 09. Being a complete novice and not realising that palm seeds germinate best when they are very fresh, I put them in a kitchen drawer (next to the oven), intending to get around to sowing them when I had time. A couple of months later after being told that many palm seeds have a short viability period I rushed to the kitchen in a panic. I opened the packet and was treated to a big surprise... inside the tiny ziplock bag they'd been posted in 5 of the p. batanensis seeds had already germinated! Can't get much easier than that. I put the remaining 5 seeds in a larger bag with a peat/vermiculite/perlite mix and placed them behind the fridge where it's warm. A few days later 3 more have germinated. Highly recommend this species for the beginner palm enthusiast!
Submitted on 25/11/2009 by Ilona Paschen

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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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