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Typhonodorum lindleyanum

A giant, semi-aquatic aroid native to Madagascar, the Comores, Zanzibar and Mauritius. Magnificent plant for shallow ponds in tropical and warm temperate climates.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate.
I received the seeds in the bag already almost sprouting. I was afraid that what appeared to be a brownish seedling leaf primordium was a rotten germinated seedling during shipping. It was not quite. I put the seeds in water for a couple of days washing them frequently then placed them in a solution of liquid fungicide which helped a lot, for about one hour before planting in commercial potting mix (Metromix) in small 6" pots. I put the pots in the mist area of my shade house (I live in the Virgin Islands) and they started sprouting within days. I had 98% germination success. I ordered 100 seeds being afraid I would not get them growing and now I have more plants than I need for my water garden!!! I placed the posts in containers with water half way the pot after two weeks. They are now after 5 weeks 2 feet tall and ready to go in 3G pots! It is not so true the seeds are toxic, I used gloves but even without them I did not get a rash.
Submitted on 10/09/2011 by rossana vaccarino

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I place the seeds on their edge upon moist kitchen roll at room temperature for a few days. Gradually the viable seeds start to show signs of splitting along one side - this is where the growing tip and the roots will emerge from. Place the seeds at this stage of growth into a heated propagator, with waterlogged growing medium (I use peat free compost). Once the seedlings have rooted and attained a few inches growth I transfer them into individual pots, with these pots palaced into another heated propagator, this one just containing water. Once the plants are around 8-10 inches tall I add miraclegro to the water for nutrients and they grow nicely into strong plants. Once they outgrow the propagator, they can be repotted with the larger pots then housed individually in e. g. buckets of water, with an individual aquarium heater warming the water in the bucket to a similar level as that in a tropical fish aquarium. Here they can grow quite happily down to air temperatures as low as 5 degrees celsius, as long as the water is maintained at the tropical temperature.
Submitted on 11/02/2011 by Scott Radford

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Typhonodorum lindleyanum seeds germinate while floating in water, and must be freshly harvested and not dried out. They do even better if kept floating in weak fertilizer solution. Once they have produced roots, they should be planted in suitable media but the pot needs to be semi-submerged so the developing roots remain in water. The seedlings will not tolerate drying out. Growing seedlings seem to prefer slightly acid soil/water conditions; if the water/soil is too alkaline, some chlorosis may set in. The plants do best in temperatures of 25C to 30C.
Submitted on 08/10/2010 by LariAnn Garner

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
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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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