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Roystonea oleracea

Venezuelan Royal Palm

This mainly Caribbean genus numbers about 10 species, and R. oleracea is certainly the best and most attractive of them all. With its white marble column-like trunk, superb green crown shaft, and graceful spreading crown of feather shaped leaves, a fully-grown tree is an awe-inspiring sight, and amazing to think that this huge tree grows from such a small seed. It will grow in a range of climates from tropical to warm temperate; in cooler climates it makes a fine conservatory plant. Rich soil and plenty of water are required for optimum growth.The small round seeds germinate readily and seedling growth is very fast.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
A very nice surprise to see almost all of my seeds in a plastic bag with moist sphagnum moss have germinated after only allmost 2 months. They came right through the plastic bag. Temperature was about 22 degreeds celsius. Right now they are growing very fast in a slightly shaded glashouse where it is warm during daytime (about 30 degreeds celsius) and cold during nighttime (about 12 degreeds celsius). After only a month the second leaf starts growing already!
Submitted on 22/06/2007 by Kai Kuné fishyboy2@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
very easy to germinate and needs up 1 month to sprout.i bought 1000 seeds and i planted them in a large pot containing 3 kinds of soil 1.pottong soil2.peat moss3.perlitefirst 20 days 50% came out and next 10 days 99% came out. its a really excellent palm
Submitted on 23/01/2005 by mohammed abdulla matrooshi b_88888@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
very easy to germinate, i puted ten of them in a little container, using sand. after three weeks the first two seedlings appeared, and two weeks later eight of them germinated in a total of ten seeds.They stayed outside but if was summer here, the temperatura was about 20 C.
Submitted on 23/05/2004 by Paulo Hanke canillabscompany@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
very easy
Submitted on 16/05/2004 by abdulla thani dxb_dxb_@hotmail.com

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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Rockhampton, Central Queensland. in Australia they need average care and grow very fast.
By far one of the most ornamental of palms. Very fast growing in warm climates with plenty of water.I am on the Tropic of Capricorn, near Rockhampton, North East Australia.I keep mine well mulched and moist throughout the warmest weather. Young plants need sun from an early age and are happier without shading or root competition from other plants. It will take as much water as you want to give it in hot weather.The first few years are slow as the young plant forms its base. Once past this stage the trunk starts moving up wards at a fast rate.Plants in my region do not handle direct coastal exposure very well. Possibly with more irrigation mature specimens would look better.This species does not develop the ugly constrictions in the trunk as found here in Roystonea regia as a result of long dry periods. R. oleraceae just grows slower without changing its trunk diameter..R. regia is more cold tolerant so R. oleraceae is probably not suitable for areas south of Brisbane on the east coast of Australia.
Submitted on 03/10/2007 by Geoff Breen guzmadman@yahoo.com.au

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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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