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Raphia farinifera

Raffia Palm

A very large palm from Madagascar and eastern Africa. Like all Raphia, it grows extremely fast and will produce enormous leaves that can reach an unbelievable 20m (66ft) in length. The Raffia Palm likes wet, swampy areas and will thrive in tropical and warm subtropical climates.

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Seeds from this species ...

...difficult to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
I had the seeds in a good potting mix for about 5 mos with no results. I put them outside (in Florida) in a planter box and forgot about them until the following year when in the summer about 70% sprouted. Slow to germinate but fast growers with plenty of water.
Submitted on 09/08/2005 by Chris Hamilton chamilton@cfl.rr.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
it is not difficult but its take 8 month untilthe first one start to sprout,good watering and 30 c- 50% sprout afterone year.firstly soak the seeds in a25c water, afterplace them in wet turf with good lighting.
Submitted on 20/11/2004 by amos halfon amosha@ netvision.net.il

...difficult to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
I tried to germinate the seeds on heat but after 6 months I gave up and moved the seeds to a large tray of potting mix(no heat) with a mix of seeds that dont germinate well. After a another 5 or 6 months I check this tray and found one had germinated and one was rotting. about a month later I found another had germinated. As for the other 7 ??? time will tell. Dont give up some seeds are just slow
Submitted on 24/10/2003 by Doug DLG0070@aol.com

...very difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
10 seeds ordered I tried heat first but after 5 months of no germination I moved them to a large tray of potting mix(no heat) where I put seeds I gave up on. To my suprise many months later one had germinated I also removed one that had rotted. As for the remianing 8 seeds maybe more will germinate?
Submitted on 05/10/2003 by Doug DLG0070@aol.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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