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Ravenala madagascariensis

Travellers Palm

This famous Banana relative is a popular ornamental in tropical regions throughout the world. Its most conspicuous characteristic is the distichous leaf arrangement, which gives the entire plant the appearance of a huge fan. Easily produced from seed, it is VERY fast growing. Check out our VERY LOW PRICE.

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I soaked the seeds overnight and planted them in boxes filled up with carbonized ricehull . The seeds situated 1cm deep kept moist in a sunny area. The heat coming from the ground play vital to seed germination approximately30C. Germination is noticeable in three weeks up to85%.
Submitted on 24/06/2008 by one of our visitors

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I soaked the seeds and plant to a big vase and put it a germinater aquarium. The temperature was 30 Celsius degrees. The seeds didn't germinate after 3 months. I was very angry. BUT: I created 35 degrees at day and 24 degrees at night. Now the seeds are starting to germinate! The best way to germinate this plant: day 35 degrees and night 23-25 degrees!
Submitted on 15/03/2008 by Barna Bodo bodo.barna@enternet.hu

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds bought at rarepalmseeds.com. Of 10 seeds only 3 germinated. Soaked for 7 days in tepid water. Placed in heated (30ºC/86ºF) propagator tray in moist peat.
Submitted on 29/03/2007 by Nuno Lopes nml@netcabo.pt

...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
First germination after 16 days (!). In a little plastic zip bag, with simple, moist compost at a constant 25-30 C. Other 14 seeds still counting (> 6weeks).
Submitted on 25/02/2005 by Jasper Kuipers manonjasper@hetnet.nl

...very difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I love these plant, and I can´t make germinate the ravenala seeds
Submitted on 02/08/2004 by martin martin_pls@yahoo.com.ar

...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
No luck, of 24 seeds only 1 germinated. Soaked for 3 days in warm water. Placed in heated greenhouse tray in moist cocopeat. Sprayed with fungicided to moisten as needed. Not too much success however have heard others having great success with these seeds. Make sure you remove the blue outer layer before soaking seeds.
Submitted on 16/06/2004 by Cheri Wilson reaininrabt@aol.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds are about 3/8" long, bright lapis-lazuli blue. 1st germination after about a month. Seedlings like heat, light and moisture and grow more rapidly than palms. Can survive surprisingly poor position in a dim window.
Submitted on 01/03/2003 by Steve Flynn sflynn22@mac.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
i soaked the seeds for 1 day in water then put them in ziplock bags with a mixture of cocopeat and spagnum, then placed on top of my computerscreen and turnt everyday for optimal dampning of the moisture. after 40 days the first seed was germinating now after 60 days another 4 are germinated. i check the temprature of the grond it is 32 C° constand because i let my computer on night and day
Submitted on 22/11/2002 by jurgen smet jurgen.smet@pandora.be

...need up to 3 months to sprout.
I just planted some ravenala madagascariensis seeds , and they took 2 months to germinate. It was faster than I was expecting. I am really happy for that.
Submitted on 04/06/2002 by Ronald Zeledon rzgozono@racsa.co.cr

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I soaked the 5 seeds for 2 days in a solution of weak fungicide then put them with soil into a sealed plastic bag. I kept the bag at summer room temperature (approx. 25°C).3/5 seeds germinated after respectively 10, 11 and 12 weeks.Seedlings have grown up to 3 leaves and died may be because these reasons :- room temperature decreased because of winter- air was to dry- spider mite attack
Submitted on 17/06/2002 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.

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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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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