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Pritchardia pacifica

Fiji fan Palm

This quick growing, beautiful, medium-sized palm with large, only shallowly divided fan leaves is native to Fiji in the Southwest Pacific. It does best in the tropical garden and is a popular ornamental in many countries.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Pritchardia pacifica is a much easier to germinate palm. Seeds are much smaller in size and count, in comparison to most of the other palm species. Seeds are green in colour before ripening and bright red when ripe. when seeds have reached full size with the kernal hard enough, regardless of the colour, they are ready for germination. Once gathered let the seeds dry for a few days. That will wither out the outer fleshy area or harden it with coffee brown crust. Soak them in fresh water for 3 days minimum and make sure you change water every day to avoid rotting. Remove the outer fruit area so that you will see a beed like greenish white seed with a thin shell. Once cleaned keep on soaking for 7 days. Avoid clorene or salty water. Change water regularly. seeds grow a bit larger and sometimes start cracking showing a bright brown inner seed. Now prepare your potting mix. I recommend small bags rather than community trays. because pritchardia is a sure germinator. The medium must be highly draining mix with constant humidity. Use Perlite with peet moss or sand with coir dust with 1/1 proportion. you can also add a different mix for the bottom layer with nutritional elements like compost or humus. But the layer around the seed must be the former. simply dip the seeds in the medium half an inch below the surface. Becouse the first root shoots so stiff it might raise the seed above the surface. the seed needs a bit of a weight on it, so dip it half an inch deeper. Water the containers regularly with a sprinkler so that you do not shake the seeds or the outer layer of the potting mix. Application of heet upto 30' might be helpful but not necessory. It will take only five weeks for you to see the thorn like primary leaf emerging through the surface.
Submitted on 14/09/2011 by Nishantha Hendricks

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Picked these seeds off the palm tree in Puerto Rico. Brought them home and planted them directly into 6 inch pots and kept them moist. Out of 1 dozen pots, only 1 didn't grow. Nothing could be easier. Seeds were never soaked, just planted into top soil and kept moist. Now if only they could find a cure for lethal yellowing.
Submitted on 16/03/2005 by Gregg Deneweth digital-dancing@excite.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Very easy to germinated in two months began to sprout,fast growing.
Submitted on 13/08/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
15 of 20 seeds germinated. Soaked seeds for 3 days in warm water. Placed seeds in heated greenhouse tray in moist cocopeat. Sprayed with fungicided when peat started to dry. Sprouted within 2 weeks up to 3 months. Fast growing so far.
Submitted on 16/06/2004 by Cheri Wilson reininrabt@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
99% sucess rate. Placed in warm tap water for 24 hours. Place in a tupperware with 100% vermiculite and put on top of hot water heater. Within 3 weeks 90% started sprouting. Transplanted to 1 gallon pots after only 3 months!!! What a pleasure to germinate.
Submitted on 22/02/2004 by Windy Crissinger windyscleaning@earthlink,net

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Planted in propagation tubs in 40% peat moss, 40 sand, and 20 perlite. Seeds germinated in less than a month with 80-90 degree F bottom heat and a fair amount of water. The seedlings are growing suprisingly fast. So far 43 out of 100 have sprouted. I expect the rest in the next 2 or 3 weeks. One of the easiest species I have germinated.
Submitted on 25/11/2003 by Justen Dobbs socalwholesale22@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I grow this palm in Puerto Rico. I originally tried germinating the seeds in peat in plastic bags with excellent results. I have so many seeds that I now plant an area directly in the ground in a semi-shaded area and transplant the seedlings when they are about 4" tall. No problem! The mature palms tend to get yellow fringes on the lower leaves. Apparently it is a mineral deficiency. They seem to be responding (slowly on the new leaves) to treatment with micronutrients. The leaves are magnificent... an easy and attractive palm to grow.
Submitted on 10/10/2003 by Ronald Flores rcfgunkle@east-net.net

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
We grow them in Egypt for streets. They give me perfect germination in March through September.
Submitted by Mohamed Abdul-Razik m_razik@thewayout.net

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plant cultivation comments by our visitors
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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In north in Fiji Islands they need very little care and grow normal.
Grows variably in different locations with fastest growth in places with good draining soil with some wind protection and water. However it seems to survive anywhere so long as not a combination of strong hot winds and dryness. Good in coastal places.
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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