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Ravenea rivularis

Majesty palm

The Majesty Palm is a comparative newcomer to the palm scene. Despite that, it has become incredibly popular, mainly due to its attractive appearance, with feathery green leaves and thick trunk, but also because of its legendary speed of growth. It comes from Madagasgar, where it grows in swampy areas up to an altitude of about 600m, it requires lashings of water, fertile soil and heavy feeding to maintain its appearance, colour and growth rate. It thrives in a whole range of climates from tropical to warm temperate and while not very frost tolerant, it will put up well with cool conditions, and also performs nicely as an interior plant if the light is bright enough. Compare our prices and let us know if you have seen them lower anywhere.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked the seeds for three days in luke warm tap water on top of the boiler - they all ( 15 of them ) showed signs of germination. Half have gone in a ziplock bag with vermiculite on top of the boiler and have 1 cm roots and small shoots. The others are in a pot of spagnum moss in my boyfriends lowland nepethes tank - they have already got their first shoots and a small leaf - it's about 30c and humidity of about 80-90 %.
Submitted on 14/02/2007 by Gill Wrigley gillian@accamail.com

... are average to germinate.
To germinate these seeds you need to put them in plastice bags when there seedsand put a moist paper towel over them. Then zip them up. This may take up to 5 mounths to germinate. Also befor you put them in a bag first soak them in water for 24H then soak in blecch for 15 min.
Submitted on 21/01/2000 by Anthony Nashwinter faroutfishing@cox.net

...very easy to germinate.
It is very easy to germinate. Use regular potting soil, do not let get dry and germination occurrs in about two to three weeks time during spring time.
Submitted on 27/11/2004 by joevoosgo joevoosgo@msn.com

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plant cultivation comments by 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 fast.
Very easy to germinate! Just filled deep pots with special palm soil and on top a layer of germinating soil. Planted the seeds after half a day of soaking in water in the germinating soil, about twice size of the seeds deep and kept moist at about 22 degreeds celsius. Just weeks later almost al seeds sprouted up. Right now the smal seedlings are growing very fast in a small glasshouse wich is shaded, humid and warm during daytime (30 degreeds celcius) and cold during nighttime (12 degreeds celcius)
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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