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Syagrus romanzoffiana Litoralis

Robust Queen Palm, Silver Queen Palm

A robust cultivar of the Queen Palm from Argentina, Uruguay and Southern Brazil, where it is found to over 1000 m (3300 ft.) altitude, with a thicker, sturdier trunk that supports a compact crown of arching leaves with particularly thick and wide leaflets. It is very hardy to cold and is said to survive temperatures down to -9°C (15°F) undamaged. Apparently this palm has already been in cultivation in the U.S. for a while, most popularly under the name Silver Queen. Reportedly, the palm received that name in Florida not because its leaves or any other of its parts are silver, but rather because after a hard freeze that killed all the more tender Queen Palms, the ones that survived, the Silver Queens, had leaflets that appeared in a strange, translucent silver tone in sunlight, the result of a light frost damage.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I am use mixed river sand and rice cut,with 37 grades celsius and sprikler each 10 minutes,with space of 1 hour por day, Excelent germination on 44 days.
Submitted on 16/01/2009 by felipe frieri

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Easy grow just like the Syagrus romanzoffiana need fresh seeds to germinate and keep soil moisted, Don't overwater.
Submitted on 03/12/2007 by one of our visitors

... are easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
It took me some time but then all of a sudden almost all of them started germinating at once after about 5 months in a plastic bag with germinating soil. The temperature has rissen a little just before they started germinating... From 20 degreeds celsius to about 25. Might be the reason. I'm waiting for them to send up their first leaf which might take some time (with S. schizophylla it took about a month) because I think they'll first send a deep root down.
Submitted on 22/06/2007 by Kai Kuné fishyboy2@hotmail.com

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Placed about 10 seeds in a plastic bag with peat and perlite mix. It took approx. 2-3 months before i saw the first seedling. Only 1 seed out of ten germinated, leading me to believe that they were not the freshest. 6-7 months have passed and no sign of other seeds germinating.
Submitted on 08/12/2006 by Michael Olivera m76olivera@hotmail.com

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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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