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Rhapis excelsa

Lady Palm

This well-known and much loved oriental-looking small palm, valuable as a house plant due to its legendary tolerance of low light and abuse, has been popular for a hundred years or more. Slow growing to begin with, it picks up speed as it ages. Outdoors, plant it in shade for best appearance and don't let up on the watering. Great hedge plant that will succeed in nearly all warmer climates. Tolerates a few degrees of frost.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The seeds were soaked for 24 hours in luke warm water. They were then placed in sealed plastic bags with moist peat moss at 70-80F. Germination began in two weeks, starting with root development, followed by above ground growth in several days. Nearly 100% germination within five weeks.
Submitted by David Kapolnek dave@emergenttechadvisors.com

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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Stockton, CA in USA they need little care and grow slow.
I grow it from seed and it is an indoor palm, it is about 4 year that I have 7 inch tall and use normal soil growing in a shade area. a nice small palm.
Submitted on 13/01/2008 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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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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