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Pritchardia martii

This species from Oahu and Molokai grows in wet forest on nearly inaccessible ridges at elevations up to about 1000 m (3300 ft.). It is small to moderately sized (to 5 m (16 ft.) tall), with a short, slender trunk and smallish, robust and rigid leaves that are bright green above and furnished with dense, silvery fur on the undersides. It has large fruits.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I orderd 10 seeds from rps .com and soaked them in water for 4 day then used a mixture of ,loam, vermiculite, perlite and various moss. you can get these at your local hardware or nursey in pre mixed bags. the seeds were then placed in ziploc bags in my shde house under normaly exposer to FL weather. and they rooted in 13 days!!! this is one of my favorite palms and i am very excited!! best of luck.
Submitted on 31/08/2005 by Justin jupiter, FL dvisual003@bellsouth.net

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I got six of these seeds from a friend in Hawaii. I soaked for 3 days and then planted in moist palm fibre (the type purchased in compressed blocks). They were kept at a constant 32c. The first seed germinated in a month. Four others followed in the next two months. One seed has yet to germinate. Seedlings were placed in full sun and are growing in typical Pritchardia fashion : fast!
Submitted by Dennis Lutge dlutge@edgars.co.za

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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Tauranga in New Zealand they need average care and grow slow.
This palm is growing in my garden at a slow but steady rate. It does not get frost but tolerates temperatures down to about 6 degrees centigrade or 43F. It is growing in Volcanic soil in full sun.
Submitted on 21/02/2007 by Alan Hancox alanhancox@clear.net.nz

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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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