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Rhopalostylis baueri var. cheesemanii

Kermadec Palm

One of the famous "Shaving Brush" palms of New Zealand, at home on the tiny windswept Kermadec Islands, that 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 ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Very easy to germinate. Seeds where collected in late october when they were red as i find old dry seeds had a zero germination rate. The outer layer was removed from the seed and placed in a fridge for 6 weeks then placed in an air tight plastic bag with moist sphagnum moss and placed in a dark warm spot. Germination was in 1 1/2 - 2 months and had a high strike rate, then removed from bag and placed in pots and covered with a light layer of potting mix and kept moist in a warm shady spot to grow.
Submitted on 12/02/2004 by G.Blakeborough gordon_blakeborough@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate.
I recently recieved fresh seed and placed them into a styrofoam box with a lid filled with perlite. The box was the type used to ship fish or meat in. The seeds were soaked in water for 24hrs and placed on their side on top of the perlite. 1 liter of water was added to the perlite and the seeds covered with an approximately 1-2 inch layer of spagnum moss. The seeds were covered and kept at a tempurature of 80 deg. F during the day and 70 deg f at night, with the use of a heating pad set on low. I obtained 50% germination within one week! This species is very easy to germinate.
Submitted on 01/01/2004 by one of our visitors

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plant cultivation comments by our visitors
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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Southern Nth Island in New Zealand they need little care and grow normal.
I have this Palm growing outdoors in a Frost Free position, good soil, ample rain and in Full Sun, approx 60cm tall,no coastal wind
Submitted on 14/02/2006 by raptoure raptoure@slingshot.co.nz

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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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