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Pinanga coronata

Ivory cane Palm

A very handsome clustering palm from Rainforests in Indonesia with slender, yellowish trunks and broadly pinnate leaves. This species has proven to be fairly cold tolerant (for a Pinanga) and has been successfully grown in climates ranging from tropical to cool subtropical. Easy to germinate and fast growing.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
This Pinanga's seeds are generally very easy to germinate. I have found that seeds that fall from the parent tree in my garden germinate with relative easy, and if actually collected and properly tendered, I get germination rates close to 100%. They do not require particularly hot temperatures (21 degrees Celcius and above will do), but need adequate moisture and a good base for rooting.
Submitted on 30/08/2007 by Anton antonespira@gmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Very easy to germinate, as I live bordering on the warm temperate to subtropical, frost having never occured in the last 20years, I find that these will germinate outside in the garden in the shade all year round. No special requirement apart from cleaning off the flesh to promote quicker germination. Temperature range from 5C to 30C (air temp) obviously the higher temp the quicker germination.
Submitted on 06/12/2002 by Mike Jamison wendymike@optusnet.com.au

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Last year was the first year that I have had seed from my plant in the garden. I have sence germinated my first batch in the incubator and after they have produced there first leaf, I planted some in the garden. They seem quite tough palms and expect them to go through winter without any problems.
Submitted by Mike Jamison wendymike@optusnet.com.au

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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Kakamega in Kenya they need little care and grow normal.
A truly beautiful palm if well presented. To bring out the best from this plant, it has to be well placed. An added bonus is its small but lovely flowers that attract hundreds of bees when they bloom. Fairly easy to grow, without a need of particularly high temperature (21 degrees Celsius is a reasonable average). Responds well to high moisture levels and fertilizer. Is shade tolerant, and in fact probably responds positively to light shade. Extreme sunlight will damage the leaves a little. One of my favorite.
Submitted on 30/08/2007 by Anton antonespira@gmail.com

... are of average ornamental value
In north in Fiji Islands they need very little care and grow normal.
Transplants readily with plenty of water. It is best in a sheltered position but can take full sun but will look more yellow and some leaves will brown. It is most happy in a semi-shaded position with plenty of water, good soil and not near the coast.
Submitted on 10/02/2007 by Jim Valentine snlsavusavu@connect.com.fj

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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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