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Thrinax radiata

Florida Thatch Palm

A very pretty, slender-stemmed palm with glossy, dark green, circular fan leaves that have drooping leaf tips. The Florida Thatch Palm is distributed over much of the northern Caribbean and is a reliable and easy-to-grow ornamental for tropical and warm subtropical areas. A great palm for coastal regions.

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
As with most palms, the key to Thrinax radiata germination is fresh seeds. I put them in a sandy mulch mix, in my crude screened in greenhouse, kept them moist and in less than a month had my first stems come up about an inch and a half. No soaking, no bottom heat, no fungicide. Two weeks later I am still waiting for the first leaves to develop on these slow growing palms.
Submitted on 12/12/2008 by Peter Beatty

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I got fresh seeds off of ebay and proceeded to soak them for three days in tepid water. Before planting I dipped them in a 10% bleach solution to ensure sterility and then placed them into a prepared ziplock baggie withh a perlite/vermiculite mix that had about 2 tbsp. of water in it. Seeds began germinating in 2. 5 weeks and have continued. 25/27 germinated within 1. 5 months. Was placed in temperatures ranging from 75 F at night to 93F during the day. A very easy palm seeds to start with.
Submitted on 31/07/2008 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Fresh seed germinated in only 2 weeks at 30C in moist vermiculite/perlite mixture.
Submitted on 06/12/2004 by chris king chris@mtechsystems.com

...very difficult to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
No success with this species. After being soaked for 2 days, 10 seeds were sealed in zip-bags in a pre-moistened mixture of 50% peat-based compost and 50% Vermiculite and kept at approx. 25 C. After 12 months, nothing has appeared.
Submitted on 30/11/2003 by David Matzdorf davidmatzdorf@blueyonder.co.uk

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Approximately 100 seeds were sown in a 50/50 mix by volume of sphagnum peat and perlite. Seeds were collected on Christmas Day 2001 on Key Largo, Florida. Seeds were soaked in warm to hot tap water with daily changes for up to a week to facilitate easy removal of fruit pulp. Seeds were sown in a platic container with a clear lid and subjected to bottom heat up to 100F/37C on an occassional basis and were also left at ambient Central Florida temperatures of late winter/spring subject to day and nighttime fluctuations (45F/7C to 90F/32C). First seed germinated approximately three and a half months after sowing, with the bulk germinating between four and five months after sowing. Some continue to germinate in August 2002, more than eight months after sowing. In all, it appears that approximately 80-90% have germinated. That percentage may increase. Seems to be an easy species, they just may take a while to get going, even when fresh.
Submitted on 03/08/2002 by Jason C. Skelly Skellsbells@aol.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.

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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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