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Pritchardia remota

This species, from the tiny Hawaiian Islands of Nihoa and Niihau, where it grows in dry forest, is a moderately-sized palm, reaching a height of about 10 m (33 ft.). Its trunk is flexuous and slender, growing to around 15 cm (6 in.) in diameter; the crown is fairly dense, with numerous, deep green leaves that appear somewhat ruffled and sport drooping tips. Since its habitat is one of the driest and northernmost of all Pritchardia, it seems to be better adapted to Mediterranean-type climates than any other. Like most Hawaiian Pritchardia, it is critically endangered and cultivation in fact its only chance for survival.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Somewhat disappointing - only one seed of ten has germinated so far, 10 months after receiving & planting seed. For half of the seeds, followed instructions suggested in Perez, HE, RA Criley, and CC Baskin. 2008. Promoting germination in dormant seeds of Prtichardia remota (Kuntze) Beck., an endagnered palm endemic to Hawaii. Natural Areas Journal 28 (3):251-260. The other half was scarified and planted in potting soil with bottom heat, under artificial light - one seedling emerged after three months.
Submitted on 28/06/2009 by Eric Ulaszek

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
reliable if fresh. soaking recomended, scarifying speeds up germination.strong, resistant seedlings emerge in 1-4mo
Submitted on 29/01/2003 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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