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Veitchia arecina (= V. montgomeryana)

Montgomery Palm

A very attractive and popular species from Vanuatu (New Hebrides) in the Southwest Pacific where it grows in moist forests. It is a very tall palm, with the slender trunk reaching 30 m (100 ft.) tall. It has a spreading crown on top of a slender crownshaft. The leaves are slightly arching and have spreading or slightly drooping leaflets. Veitchia arecina is a robust and extremely fast growing palm and adapts well to most garden situations in the tropics and warm subtropics.

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...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
kept at constant 30C, eight of ten germinated within a month. The other two were rotten by about three months.
Submitted on 27/09/2005 by Jack Sayers jack_sayers@sbcglobal.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I soaked seeds in water for 2 days. I used 50% perlite 50% vermiculite in a tupperware container, held at around 30C. Seeds germinated very vigorously within 4 weeks. Multiple roots grew very quikly and a brown plumule emerged soon after.
Submitted on 05/10/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soaked seeds for 3 days in warm water. I tried seed start mix, cactus mix, and 50-50 peat moss and perlite. Placed some seeds on heat mat, under heat lamp, and at room temp(65-75f.)Seeds germinated under all conditions, only slower at room temp. Soil did not appear to matter. 70% after 2 months.
Submitted on 05/12/2003 by one of our visitors

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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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