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Veillonia alba

A prized palm native only to New Caledonia, where it grows in forests on the Mt. Panié range and nearby areas to an altitude of 600 m (2000 ft.). It sports a smooth, ringed, moderately sized trunk, with a whitish waxy covering in the upper part that carries an upright crown of dark green, leathery, pinnate leaves. The feature that makes it one of New Caledonia’s most desirable palms, however, is its stunning, bicolored crownshaft, which is a brilliant waxy white in its lower part, merging into reddish brown towards the leaf stalks. Veillonia is closely related to Burretiokentia and seeds are similarly easy to germinate; however, subsequent growth is quite slow. A humid, tropical or frost-free subtropical/warm temperate climate suits it well. Veillonia is still exceedingly rare in cultivation and we are thrilled to present it here.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Seed of this species is poor quality. After clean and soak the seed, there are only 10 - 20% looks viable. First sprout in 2 - 3 months and last sprout make take around 6 months or more. My pot contain 80% pumice and 20% peat moss, temperature at 30 degrees C average. Use pesticide and fungicide on everyweek to improved the germination rating.
Submitted on 06/09/2011 by Jakkrit

...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
First sprout in only 2 months! I used half peat moss, half perlite (the perfect mix for most new caledonian palms from my experience). Keep very damp and humid- I used 2 plastic storage containers to create a greenhouse. Seeds were given constant heat at about 85 degrees F, and then the heat was put on a timer. That's when the sprout appeared. Since then literally NO further visible growth (extremely slow). I expect erratic germination from the rest.
Submitted on 21/02/2005 by JD socalwholesale22@yahoo.com

...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Planted seeds 1/2 inch deep in a mix of half peat moss and half perlite (the perfect mix for all New Caledonia palms I'm finding). Keep very moist and at 70-80 degrees F. Started with constant heat, then switched to timed heat- half of the day. First sprout appeared in exactly 2 months. We'll see what kind of germination rate I get though, as they are supposed to be erratic. Cannot be allowed to dry out!
Submitted on 10/02/2005 by socalwholesale22@yahoo.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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