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Rhapis multifida

Finger Palm

We believe this is the ultimate Lady Palm. With its fan leaves split into many very narrow segments and its slender canes, it has a much more elegant appearance than the common R. excelsa, yet it is just as cold tolerant, just as robust, and just as well suited to indoor conditions. Outdoors, this palm from southern China does very well in temperate or tropical climates and will take several degrees of frost without damage. An absolute MUST.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Sowed 11 seeds from rarepalmseeds.com on 2/2/05 after 2-3 days soak in ordinary tap water, started warm with 1 change. Put in 5" pot inside a plastic zip bag to conserve moisture and placed in dark cupboard next to fireplace with central heating pump. Compost used roughly equal parts irish moss peat, leafy compost and leafy/gritty soil mix dug from our passing water drain. After 43 days three white tips just showing at surface. Now on fire mantle (no fire) at approx. 18C and slowly growing, may be more germinated but haven't dug down (dangerous!) Near Lincoln, England, zone 8 to 9
Submitted on 25/03/2005 by Janet Rowley garymitsi@aol.com

...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seeds purchased from rarepalmseeds.com. After seeds arrived I soaked them overnight in RO water. The next evening I placed the seeds in 13x9" aluminum baking pans with plastic see-thru lids. The medium used in the pans was 40% canadian spagnum peat moss, 30% Miracle-Gro potting soil, 15% sand, 15% vermiculite, and a small amount of watering crystals added to help retain moisture. Seeds planted approx. 1/2-1" below soil surface, then sprayed thoroughly with a water mixture containing miracle-gro liquid fertilizer & a rooting hormone. Germination started after 6 weeks, with only 1 seedling. Still waiting on more to sprout after 7 weeks. Temperature varied in my central florida garage with temps approx 90-100 degrees in the garage during month of Sept 2004. When seed sprouted it was transplanted to 1 gallon container with same medium used and 1/2 tsp watering crystals added to soil mix, and then thoroughly watered with above water mix. Kept in garage with garage door only opened 3-6 hrs a day for sunlight & fresh air. Will buy a grow light to keep on plants 14 hrs a day since garage door stays shut most of the time. When soil appears dry I water with plain water since miracle-gro potting soil already contains slow release fertilizer in it. Seedling is doing well so far.
Submitted on 11/10/2004 by Robin Reed robinreed@earthlink.net

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I received these seeds two weeks ago (and they enven spent couple of hours at -21 C). Now 4/10 has germinated and I'm assuming more to come. I sowed the seeds after soaking in moist sand at >+25 C.
Submitted on 23/02/2003 by Petri Huusko iiris@utanet.fi

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
soaked the seeds over night, put in a ziplockbag with some coconutpeat. After 9 days the first seeds had germinated and 98% had germinated within a month.
Submitted on 03/03/2003 by andy andyolsson@home.se

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
1st seedling up in 7 weeks. Slow-growing under fluorescent lights. No special trouble to germinate, did not bother soaking seeds.
Submitted on 01/03/2003 by Steve Flynn sflynn22@mac.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
8/10 Soaked, cleaned and placed on damp peat @ 25-30 degrees C ( warmer during the day ). Started to germinate within 3 weeks.
Submitted on 06/05/2002 by John Hawkins john.hawkins@blechnum.net

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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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