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Rhopalostylis sapida South Island

South Island Nikau

The cold-hardiest of the Nikau palms, this form from the South Island of New Zealand has a thicker trunk, a more open crown and smaller seeds and will stand at least a little more frost than the typical form.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
One seed from April 2012 survived a rodent attack, now has two small bifid leaves 2" long, a late sprouter.
Submitted on 09/03/2013 by John O Wild

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I had 90% germination in about week or two. Some seeds even germinated in the envelope i received from RPS. Just put them in PVC zipper bag with some soil (put soil into oven for 5-10 mins at max temperature to kill germs and fungus). Add few drops of water in zipper bag (do not over water, over watering could cause rotting. You can make simple humidity test: squeeze some soil between your fingers, you should be able to see only a drop or two of water if you watered it right). Keep seeds in room temperature (do not incubate this seeds! they do best at about 20 degrees Celsius)
Submitted on 22/04/2010 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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