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Ptychosperma microcarpum

A rather tall, clustering species from montane rainforests in Papua New Guinea with slightly plumose leaves composed of many narrowly wedge-shaped leaflets, reminiscent of Normanbya or Wodyetia. A great, very easy and fast growing palm for the understorey in the tropical garden and an excellent and elegant houseplant.

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...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Easy to germinate. Of the 100 I purchased, over 50% have germinated inside of 2 months in a greenhouse environment
Submitted on 24/04/2005 by Mark Farrington mfarrin1@san.rr.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soak seeds in water for 48 hours to help seperate pulb. Viable seed can then be sown in layers of moist spagnum moss and placed into air tight plastic bags for faster germination. Place onto heated propagation bench to help increase germination temperature. Tube up once green foliage can be seen growing in the spagnum moss.
Submitted on 03/08/2005 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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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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