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Pritchardia thurstonii


Similar to Pritchardia pacifica, this species grows on coralline limestone on the tiny islands of Fiji's Lau group in the Southwest Pacific. It is one of the most attractive, robust, and easily grown fan palms for tropical climates.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
i mixed rice hull and soil 50/50% an sat it on top of a concrete cement under full sunlight . i soaked the seeds for 3 days and sowed them in the rice hull mixture. Covered the seeds with one inch soil and covered it with clear plastic sheet. The seeds germinated after 2 weeks. In one month i planted them in individual plastic bags.
Submitted on 13/05/2004 by Gloria B. Karganilla glokarga@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Unbelievably quick. 2-4weeks and they sprouted. 3 out of 10 sprouted. Two leaves within 6-8weeks. I planted them in sphagum moss and mulch and kept dark, moist and very warm. Avg temp 85 degrees.
Submitted on 15/08/2002 by one of our visitors

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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In amsterdam in The Netherlands they need average care and grow very slow.
Germination very easy and very quick. Got almost all of my 50 seeds to germinate in just a few weeks. Put them in a plastic bag with germinating soil at about 20 degreeds celsius. Seedling growth appears to be very slow however.
Submitted on 22/06/2007 by Kai Kuné fishyboy2@hotmail.com

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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.

We recommend:
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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Suitable for: all

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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