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Trachycarpus princeps

Stone Gate Palm

Arguably the most exciting and certainly the most sought after of the genus, the Stone Gate Palm has silver white backs to the leaves, even on tiny plants. This alone is enough to distinguish it from all other Trachys, though there are additional differences. It only grows in a couple of tiny sites in western China. There is only a limited number of seeds available!

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
I sowed my seeds in a communal pot outside in 2008 and only one had germinated by the end of summer, I then moved the communal pot into the border in my greenhouse and this year (2009) the remaining seeds germinated, I had 100% germination. I have also had great sucess germinating T nanus seeds in a communal pot in the garden and for the first time I did not lose the seedlings after germination.
Submitted on 30/09/2009 by Darren

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I have put 10 seeds of this one in compost with perlite in 18°C. 6 weeks later 6 seeds have been germinating. I am very happy about the quality of these seeds!
Submitted on 26/03/2005 by Philippe Chomicki philippe.chomicki@wanadoo.fr

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
used standard baggy method w/damp vermiculite. returned home after 1 month & seeds had already started to germinate w/approx 90%+ germination at 3months. great seeds!
Submitted on 30/05/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I have bought two batches of seeds from here. The first lot had zero germination. However, in the last batch I had germination of 7/20 after just two weeks, and still waiting for more!It really shows how important it is to use fresh seeds.
Submitted on 28/04/2004 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seeds purchased recently from rarepalmseeds have already started germinating. Clearly, just like with other Trachycarpus, cold stratification is not necessary, I think this is a myth.
Submitted on 25/02/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Seeds i germinated were bougth from Ruud Meeldijk on march 2002 ; very few germinated the first year (only 3 / 25) , i thus left the seeds outside during the winter, then washed them and put them in new and clean compost ; all the seeds left sprouted when the temperatures arose in late spring. Like takil, seeds seem to need frost and season change to sprout ; then grows healthily :) Expansive, but well worth a try !
Submitted on 10/08/2003 by one of our visitors

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plant cultivation comments by our visitors
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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Chattanooga, Tennessee in United States they need average care and grow slow.
They seem rather prone to both root rot due to moist soil and to spear pull in summer due to overhead watering. It seems that potted specimens in my unheated greenhouse tend to get spear pull in winter while my lone individual planted outside tends to keep its spear better than similarly sized fortunei but fronds more likely to brown out (admittedly, this was after a week of sitting under snow). I live in zone 7b, but palm looked flawless after a mild (zone 8) winter. I have it planted in a very dry, raised area.
Submitted on 19/01/2013 by Rob Garren

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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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