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Roystonea regia

Cuban Royal Palm

The legendary Royal palm has a stout, white marble column-like trunk; a huge, grass green crown shaft; and a handsome crown of large, feathery leaves. The palm, which is fast growing in ideal conditions, is thought by many to be the most beautiful palm in the world, and is widely planted as an ornamental in the American tropics and elsewhere. The small seeds germinate readily and seedling growth is fast and satisfying.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I have had success with these, but they take quite a while to germinate. Average time in moist sphagnum moss with the baggie method is about 2-3 months.
Submitted on 12/02/2010 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Need fresh for success and warm humid place. Keep soil moist, don't over water or it will rot! Within 5 week, Cuban Royal Palm has been germinated. Young palm will go good in full sun.
Submitted on 01/12/2008 by one of our visitors

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Keep soil moist and within 3 months it has germinated and this palm is a fast grower.
Submitted on 03/12/2007 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I harvested about 300 seeds and soaked them for a week with daily water changes. Sowed them in 50/50 peat moss perlite and they began to sprout 4 days later. I'm very pleased with the quick results.
Submitted on 10/07/2007 by thomas tbonethompson@gmail.com

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I have been operating a nursery tree seedling project for over 8 years. I then had the idea of planting ornamental trees. I started with the Royal Palm (Roystone regia). I tell you, I tried some by direct planting in the pots then others in a seed bed. I watered evenly for over 40 days but the results were very poor. I think the seeds were from a bad source. I will not give up planting though. They are on very high demand here in Uganda. I will also need your advice at a later stage.
Submitted on 10/03/2006 by Kasozi Frederick kasofre@yahoo.com

...difficult to germinate.
No success with growing this palm, seeds must be fresh to germinate and I don't think the ones I got were (not purchased from this site).
Submitted on 16/06/2004 by Cheri Wilson reininrabt@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
soked seeds in luke warm water for 5 days (changing water every day) than I sowed them in peat moss mixed with perlite (50:50), used bottom heat, temp. around 90°F (30°C) first seed sprout 20 days after sowing.
Submitted on 29/04/2004 by Jón Ágúst Erlingsson johnny13@torg.is

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The Roystonea Regia seeds sprouted in 8 days in moist peat moss and perlite mix in sealed plastic containers in a constant environment temperature of 90 degrees. The seeds were soaked for 4 days prior to planting.
Submitted on 08/02/2002 by James Chambers chambejf@songs.sce.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I had five seeds that I soaked in water for two days, the water changed every day. The seeds were placed in moist vermiculite at a steady temperature around 85˚ to 90˚ F. Germination started after five weeks. I received a germination rate of 80%, 4 out of 5 seeds.
Submitted by Jason r21000@usa.com

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

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Bradenton, Fl in USA they need average care and grow fast.
A great Florida native! They aren't very cold tolerant, and need a ton of water in the summer to grow fastest and look their best though. When treated well though, they are beautiful and tall palms. They can reach 90+ feet and are very hurricane resistant for how tall they grow.
Submitted on 12/02/2010 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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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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