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Rhapis robusta

Guangxi Lady Palm

We are delighted to present this exciting new dwarf Rhapis from southern China and believe this is probably its very first introduction into general cultivation outside of its native country. R. robusta is a profusely clustering dwarf palm with thin canes that may reach to 2 m (7 ft.) tall, densely covered in delicately woven leaf sheaths. The tiny fan-shaped leaves are deeply divided into three or four short and broad segments which are only 5 cm (2 in.) long and 2.5 cm (1 in.) wide. Easy to grow and adapting well to a shady environment in a warm temperate, subtropical or tropical climate, Rhapis robusta is also a perfect small pot plant and will likely do as well indoors as any other Lady Palm.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I prepare a mixture with vermiculite and potting soil "A "grade, 80 % of the seeds sprouted 2 months laterSurprise!!!! TWO OF THEM ARE VARIEGATED
Submitted on 18/02/2009 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds were soaked for 24hrs in water then each seed was sown into into individual polythene seal top bags (3 x 5 cm) with a spoon full of compost. (Compost mixture: 4 parts ericacious compost, 2 parts vermiculite, 1 part perlite). Bags were left at room temperature and checked regularly for germination. 50% had germinated within the first month the rest at irregular intervals.
Submitted on 23/07/2003 by Mark Wagner mwagner@waitrose.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
3 out of 10 seeds germinated within 2 months. Standard "baggie" method, peat, and temperature around 30 C. Rest seeds appeared rotten after 5 months' checking.
Submitted on 14/05/2003 by Sergei Leonov se

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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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