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Rhopaloblaste augusta

Nicobar Majestic Palm

In cultivation, this 30 m (100 ft.) tall and truly majestic palm from the tiny Indian Nicobar Islands north of Sumatra in the Andaman Sea is still poorly known. For warm subtropical and tropical climates, it has all the features you could possibly ask for in a successful landscaping plant: tall, smooth tunk; long crownshaft; full crown of long, spreading, self-cleaning, unarmed leaves with long, gracefully drooping leaflets; and showy reddish fruit. Germination is easy and subsequent growth rates are fast as long as there is sufficient moisture in the ground. This palm is finally available in good quantity and at an excellent price, and we think, climate permitting, you must give it a try.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Cleaned and soaked seeds for 5 days, changing water daily. Planted in small hothouse on warming pad in 50/50 mix of Jungle Growth & Miracle Growth soils. Almost five months on, no results. Not too optimistic at this point. Will continue!
Submitted on 19/02/2004 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
7 days pre-soaking in warm water (water wasn't changed).Seeds were sown in garden center potting soil in pots.Temperature was about 20d.C. 2 seeds out of 10 germinated almost at the same time - after 5,5-6 months of sowing.20% germination rate obviously because of low germination temperature.Seedlings growth is fantastic! First leaf is already pinnate, now after about3 years each new leaf has brilliant maroon colour! Robust growth.
Submitted on 29/11/2002 by Sergei Leonov serileonov@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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