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Ptychosperma salomonense

Native to tropical rainforest on the Solomon Islands, this variable palm produces a slender trunk that can reach 12 m (39 ft.) tall, topped by a dense crown of elegantly arching leaves to 3.5 m (11 ft.) long with numerous, broad, arching leaflets, altogether not unlike P. elegans. It will flourish in a sheltered location in the tropical garden.

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I had seeds from my own tree put in the germinationbox after removing the fresh pulp and two days of soaking in water. used regular seedling germinationbox with bottomheat at about 85 f . Spikes peeked though the topsurface in 3 weeks. very fast growing palmtree,mine is five years old and over sixteen feet high. Try it out.
Submitted on 28/10/2010 by kurt van biesen

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Pretty easy to germinate. Use a light, fluffy soil, which must be kept moist and warm at least 80*F (27*C). Germinate in a shady location, and for added humidity cover the pots with plastic foil. Check every few days and add water as needed to keep the soil moist but not soggy. The seeds will sprout in about 4-6 weeks.
Submitted on 10/10/2004 by Chris Pielea arad777@yahoo.com

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In PALM HARBOR,FLORIDA in UNITED STATES they need average care and grow normal.
Zone 9a Care , Cold is no problem down to 38-39 F, Minor browning of leaves. Full sun to 50% Shade , Semi-fast growth. Beautiful green, stripped trunk, some solitary, others cluster. Easy cultivation in large pot, with a balanced (13-13-13 ) & microntrients fertilizer.
Submitted on 04/04/2007 by SCOTT BUCK bucksfive@msn.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.

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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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