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Sabal domingensis

Hispaniola Palmetto

A stunning, large palm from Hispaniola and eastern Cuba. It is closely related to S. causiara but grows further inland and at higher altitude, to 1000 m (3300 ft.). The Hispaniola Palmetto produces a very robust trunk, about 60 cm (2 ft.) in diameter, which carries a large, full crown of robust, leathery leaves. It is rather fast growing and easily adapts to a wide range of conditions. It will take moderate freezes and has no trouble in coastal conditions.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Which ever way you want they germinate, use the 50/50 baggy method, or comunity pot. You can use heat to speed up bag germination. Seedling grow very slow.
Submitted on 19/12/2006 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
easy to germinate and need three weeks to sprout out. Mature fruits were taken from a palm tree and pulps were taken out from fruits after three days washing them with tap water. The seeds were dried in shade by 7 days. Then they were soaked for one day in tap water with 15% of chlorine. They were planted into a mixture of Pecan Shells, vermiculite, lava sand, molasses, and cottonseed meal in an aluminum tray .Add was added and tray was covered tight with a plastic stock market. They stayed in my backyard underneath a tree getting indirect light. Water was added every week. Seeds began to germinate very fast on 25 days. In one month all seeds germinated. Average temperature in this part of Dominican Republic was 29 degrees Celsius
Submitted on 20/01/2006 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
So very rewarding, bag method in perlite @ 29 to 34 C with bottom heat. So quick and strong growth they caught me completely off guard. 3 weeks to germinate almost all seeds at once and some show the beginnings of sprouts. Pre soak 24 hours and bleach wash, no fungicide used. Recommend to anyone. The problem with reviews is one reports successes not failures this plant has evened the balance for me in opposition to disappointments inevitable when experimenting amongst so many varieties.
Submitted on 19/01/2005 by David Herbert rocmade@iinet.net.au

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
this species took around 4 months to germinate and the method i use was the bag method with damp compost then place in a electric propigator all seeds germinated
Submitted on 14/06/2004 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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