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Pritchardia hillebrandii

Many Pritchardias are fussy and difficult to grow outside the tropics, frequently suffering from a yellowing of the leaves. The moderately-sized P. hillebrandii, which grows in dry forest near sea level on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, is a very different prospect. It is fast growing, very modest in its requirements, and its beautiful, rigid and leathery leaves with a blue-gray cast retain their color. The fruits are mid-sized, and the seeds are easy and fast to germinate. It is suitable for a wide range of climates and will even tolerate cool conditions and a little frost. Excellent also as an indoor specimen.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Pritchardia Hillebrandii seeds must be among the best in the world. Aside from being one of the most beautiful palms "palmdom" has to offer - they are so ridiculously easy to germinate. I bought 10 and it took 3-6 months for all 10 to germinate and sprout. By month six, four already had two leaves, four had sprouted their first leaf and two had just sprouted. I didn't use any fancy technology. I abandoned the ziplock method because of a bad smell and green algae/fungus growing on top and went to basics and put all of the seeds into very small pots. I kept the soil moist and made sure the pots got some early morning subtropical sun for an hour, so they could get a bit of a heating - naturally. It is not as efficient as other methods but it obviously works without any damage. Now, the hard part will be finding a space for 10 Pritchardia Hillebrandi's a year from now in my garden!
Submitted on 30/05/2006 by Anthony adov

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
When I got the seeds a few of them were already sprouting. I soaked them in water for a few hours and planted them in regular potting soil. After a month 8 out of the 10 seeds have germinated. Pleasantly easy seeds to germinate!
Submitted on 10/02/2005 by Richard Himbarger himbarger@c-zone.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Very easy, over 90% germination over 4-6 weeks in a moist vermiculite/perlite mixture held at around 30C. Adjacent germinator planted just below soil level in small pots when the radicle was only 10mm long. Within 2 months the shoot had emerged from the soil. Like Pritchardia pacifica, these are very easy palms to germinate.
Submitted on 13/11/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked in warm water overnight, then into a ziplock. Temp 85-90 degrees F. Sprouts in ten days. Now have two leaves each.
Submitted on 11/02/2004 by one of our visitors

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In Ravenna in Italy they need little care and grow normal.
I live in zone USDA 8 and I have this palm in pots, inside the office in winter and outside in the other period. It's easy to grow and this summer survived at 40° C for many days (not in full sun). I grew this palm from your seeds bought some years ago.
Submitted on 07/09/2007 by one of our visitors

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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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