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Salacca zalacca

Salak Palm

A vigorous, spiny palm that is thought to originate from southern Sumatra to Java in Indonesia. It is widely cultivated throughout the tropics in Asia today for its sweet and tasty fruits.

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I took home 6 seeds from my vacation in Indonesia. I partially buried them in regular potting soil mixed with coarse sand, and I think 4-5 days later, the light-brown cylinder at the edge of the brown round seed started to pop out! After I think 2-3 weeks, a taproot of about 1'' had been developed on all plants. Now, 6 months further, 100% survived and all have developed their first set of leaves!! They each have an individual pot, with regular potting soil mixed with an equal amount of coco peat.
Submitted on 06/03/2012 by Arend Moerman

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This is one of the easiest palm seeds to germinate. The best is to remove the seeds straight from the fresh ripe and fully developed fruit, eating as you go as they are quite a tasty fruit that also travel well. Take the small seed and drop them into a container of water at room temp. Nothing more elaborate. Within a week or two a plug will pop open at one end and a thick white root will show. Remove from water immediately the plug pops and plant on it's side lying horizontal in nice rich leafy compost covered by about 4cm. Place in 80% humidity and a least 30%C. The first leaf will appear in about seven days and the plant will proceed to grow rapidly. They make a stunning and interesting pot plant with a nice vase shaped foutain of bright fresh green. You can also plant a few, three or four together for a bushier effect. Their strong long thorns make delicate musical notes if you ping them with your finger nail up and down their length. Due to the thorns best place the large pot slightly raised so small animals and children wont run into them unseen.
Submitted on 13/08/2009 by one of our visitors

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Fresh seeds germinate within 25 days without any presowing treatment. Seeds sown at about 2 cm deep (distance between surface of the germination medium and top of the seed) horizontally in moist sand/vemiculite/sandy soil gives 90 to 95% germination in a germination room maintained at 30 to 33 degree celsius.
Submitted on 25/05/2009 by K.C. Chacko (Dr.)

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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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