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Plectocomia himalayana

Himalaya Rattan Palm

Can you imagine a climbing palm that grows through the tree tops, up to 80 feet tall, and is annually covered by FROST and SNOW!!?? Well, we couldn't either, until we saw the photographs to prove it, and then finally saw the plant in the flesh. From north-east India, it is a suckering species that everyone will want to try. The Himalaya Rattan Palm has elegantly arching, light green leaves, each of which is equipped with a long cirrus for climbing; oval leaflets; and fairly thin, long, suckering canes. It is very fast growing and best suited to temperate and subtropical climates. Plectocomia himalayana grown from our earlier introductions have performed excellently all around the globe in the last few years, and premium seeds are now finally available again at a new low price for those of you who missed out last time or would like to grow more.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I planted these seeds in 1 gallon pots, one in each pot in a soil mixture high in peat content. I did not soak these seeds prior to planting. They were planted in a shady spot with light watering every other day in temperatures of 80 degrees F and above. I am waiting for three out of the eleven to sprout. I plan on transplanting these in 7 gallon pots in 60 days from now. They look healthy and ready to flourish.
Submitted on 12/09/2008 by Ajit Khurana

...very difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I soaked 10 seeds in water for two days and I placed them in a good mixture in a nursery at 22-26°C; after 6 months zero are germinated. no lucky with this one.
Submitted on 04/08/2005 by Guillaume Chomicki-Bayada willy89@wanadoo.fr

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Plectocomia germinates fairly easily at a temperature of 20C, but it is very subject to damping off. I would suggest a completely inorganic soil mix such as perlite for a germination medium.
Submitted on 01/08/2002 by Ian Barclay deus_vobiscum@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I had an excellent result with this species, near 100%. The procedure used was the classic (soaking etc.). The seeds were sown individually in 7cm pots in a cold greenhouse in January and they sprouted all together in April, unespected at not too hot temperatures.
Submitted on 24/02/2002 by Angelo Porcelli angelopalm69@inwind.it

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
After the classik soaking in water, I have sown straightly in small pots 7x7x8cm. Unexpectly they started to germinate quickly, while temperatures were still cool, no more then 25° and less at night. This makes sense, given the mountane provenance of this palm. Problems came later, for my hot and dry summer and the several attacks of red spiders. Then a shady and cool position is better for this species. Also sensitive to alkaline soils.
Submitted by Angelo Porcelli angelopalm69@inwind.it

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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
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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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