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Trachycarpus oreophilus

Thai Mountain fan Palm

A recently described (see "Principes" Vol. 41, No. 4) rare species from a single mountain range in northern Thailand, where it grows on exposed ridgetops and spectacular limestone cliffs at over 2000m a.s.l. and is regularly obscured by clouds and buffeted by wind. It has a bare trunk and an attractive small and compact crown of regularly split fan-shaped leaves. Being quite unlike any other Trachycarpus, it will be an envied addition to the temperate or subtropical garden. Any plants larger than seedling size are as yet unknown in cultivation. Be among the first to try it out!

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...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Ver easy. 90% germination within 1 month. Sedds soaked for 3 days in water and then sowed in 1 50:50 mixture compost and vermiculite. Temp kept at 25C night. 12 hour light (with growlux tube). Very healthy seedlings after 2 months
Submitted on 03/01/2005 by Tony Hutson aj_hutson@yahoo.co.uk

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
soaked in water for three days changing the water each day. Removed pericarp and soaked in 10% bleach and water solution for 10 minutes. placed in sealable plasitic bags with slightly damp vermiculite (60-75 ml water and 1 liter vermiculite) placed them where temp. remains betweeen 25-30 C. received 40% germination within one month
Submitted on 02/08/2004 by patrick Jacklin prjacklin@telus.net

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Easy to germinate, I found that they are quite prone to rotting, and care must be taken. They really need potting on straight after germinating with careful watering they slowly put on leaves. Subsequent growth is slow.
Submitted on 28/10/2003 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
The seeds are soaked in water (+/- 25 °c) for 2 days, you have to replace water twice a day. After place seeds in a zip lock bag fill with 50/50 sand- perlite (of vermiculite) medium. gentle pour 2- 4 tablespoon of water for 500 Ml of medium. Place in warm room (24-30 °c) max. first germination occurs in 6 week. then place the germinated seeds into individual pot deep enough and filled with well drained medium (3/3/3 sand, manure, peat of ground).
Submitted on 23/09/2003 by Philippe C trachycarpus@swing.be

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
After 3 weeks in a bag of vermiculite in my kitchen - a large number of germinations. Couldnt have been easier
Submitted on 18/05/2003 by Andrew Vaughan andrew.vaughan@ntlworld.com

...difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Put 10 seeds in bag with coco hum and kept on top of fridge. Temperature there ranged from (20) 25 to about 40 °C (it was a very hot summer). First two seeds germinated after about 4 months, just got another two now after 5 and a half months. Last six still unchanged.
Submitted on 17/09/2003 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Put in a clear bag of moist vermiculite, in daylight by the kitchen sink. Room temperature. Large numbers of seeds began to sprout after three weeks.
Submitted on 15/05/2003 by Andrew Vaughan andrew.vaughan@ntlworld.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
place fresch seeds into a zip lock bag, fill with 50% sand and 50% perlite . For 1 liter bag add two spoon of water, seal the bag and store at 30° C during the day and 21°C during the night; The first germination occur in one month.
Submitted on 04/08/2003 by phil C trachycarpus@swing.be

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Purchased about 500 Trachycarpus Oreophilus seeds and within a month approximately half of them had germinated, almost 80% germination by the end of the second month and the remaining few are coming up now. I soaked the seeds in a 10% bleach -90% Water solution for about 1/2 an hour and then let the seeds soak in 100% water for about 3-4 days. Water was changed daily and was left at an ambient temperature. Did a shake and bake with the seeds in a bag with about six different kinds of fungicide ( including Benomyl etc..) and then placed the seeds on top of a sterile damp medium made of 50% Perlite and 50% Peat sealed them in a plastic tupperware container approximately 18 centimeters (10 inches) deep - good seal is important or you run the risk of getting those irritating fungus gnats flying all over the house and having their seed eating babies all over your seedlings. T.Oreophilus has the tendency to bury itself deeply, so make sure that the medium is not too moist or the root will rot.
Submitted on 01/09/2003 by Jody Dziuba zayin31@netscape.net

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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
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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.
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