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Rhopalostylis sapida Oceana

Chatham Island Nikau Palm

Growing on the Chatham Islands, many miles off the east coast of New Zealand, as far south as 44', this distinctive Nikau is the most southerly growing palm in the world. It produces a robust trunk and wide crown and is much quicker and easier to establish than the typical form. It will do well in temperate and cool subtropical climates and resists moderate, short frosts. Many believe it should be a separate species and not included with R. sapida. Decide for yourself!

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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Small packet planted in a pot in the greenhouse November 2012, germinated March 2013 with only one shoot that now has first bifid leaf. The seeds were put directly into whatever potting soil I happened to have.
Submitted on 13/06/2013 by John O Wild

... are easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
The plants were growing well, into their second leafs, 5 or 6 of them, and then mice ate them all up today.
Submitted on 19/10/2012 by John O Wild

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Seeds were sown outdoors in late February, average temp. around 10C by day. First seeds started to sprout after about 4 months and others followed over the next four. The tempereatures during the summer were about 20C by day. easy to germinate
Submitted on 20/02/2005 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
These palm seeds were first soaked for 48 hours in water. The remaining husk was then removed. For propagation i used peat moss mixed with lime free grit in standard propagators. This witheld moisture without being too wet. The propagators were left ouside from April since i felt that the irish climate and tempereatures were somewhat similar to that on the Chathams. 6 months after sowing the seeds, a few shoots have started to appear and i expect more to follow in the coming months. I definitely find soaking the seeds helpful since they usually arrive quite dry.
Submitted on 27/08/2004 by one of our visitors

...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 one of our visitors

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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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