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Rhopalostylis baueri var. baueri

Norfolk Palm

One of the famous "Shaving brush" palms of the SW-Pacific, at home on the tiny windswept Norfolk-Island, this palm will grow in climates from cool temperate to subtropical, though it is probably happiest in a mild, moist climate. A large and swollen crownshaft, and ascending pinnate leaves rising like a shuttlecock, with wide, light green leaflets give it a beautiful and distinctive appearance. Strangely, it also makes a very good interior plant, tolerating low light well.

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Seeds from this species ...

...difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
These seeds like cool temperatures(60-70 degrees), and I had to find that out the hard way.I put it in warm soil as it said do on the packet, and still, 4 months later, they still didn't grow.So I grew them in cooler soil, and 2 months later, all of my seeds grew. Long story short, you can never tell what palms seeds like unless you experiment with them first.
Submitted on 08/03/2005 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
this palm is easy to sprout. i have only tried it whith fresh seeds and i have 100% germination rate, two year palms alredy outside in zone 9b whith some salt spray and they are doing very good.
Submitted on 30/01/104 by joao capelo bidwilli@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.

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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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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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