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Veitchia joannis

This species from rainforests on the Fiji Islands is one of the largest Veitchias and can reach a height of up to 30m (100ft). It has a slender, smooth, gray trunk; a long crownshaft; and large, arching leaves with drooping segments. The large seeds germinate readily and the resulting plants are very fast growing. Veitchia joannis is best suited to tropical and subtropical areas, but, being the most cold tolerant of the Veitchias, it will also adapt to warm temperate climates surprisingly well, as long as it does not experience any more than an occasional light frost. Our seeds come from cultivated plants and should produce excellent germination.

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
We used both the baggie (Zip Lock with moist germination mix) and seed bed (Germination mix over mulch misted daily) germination methods. Seeds were soaked in warm water for three days, changing water daily. After 1 month the baggies started showing rapid root growth (temp. 27'C). Just over a month and shoots started growing very quickly. A week after the baggies developed shoot's the seed bed started to grow shoots (Seed bed temp.25-30'C, planted 1/2 inch below surface) . Now after 2 months The seedlings in the seed bed are more developed than those planted from the baggies. Both approx 2-4 inches above ground and 1-2 leaves.Germination success from both methods is at approx 85%, slightly higher from the seed bed. Truly easy seeds to grow! Oliver Janke - Florida - May 2007
Submitted on 08/05/2007 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy to germinate. Cleaned seeds well and then soaked in a solution of fungicide for a few hours. Seeds were then placed in zip-lock bags with peat moss and kept at around 30C (86F). Germination (>90%) was evident after one week . No pre-soak needed.
Submitted on 18/01/2007 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy to germinate, they sprouted in about 3-5 weeks. I used a good, light, moist soil, in which I put the seeds at a depth of about 1/4 in. (8 mm). Keep the soil moist, but not wet, at a temp of at least 80*F (27*C). Keep the seedlings in a shady location for the first 8 months and then, gradually expose them to sun over a 2 weeks period.Keep the soil moist at all time.
Submitted on 10/10/2004 by Chris Pielea arad777@yahoo.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I used the baggie method with sphagnum moss. Without soaking the seeds or any other treatment before placing the seeds in their bags, roots appeared on three out of ten seeds within 1 month and now after 2 1/2 months the first sprouts are visible. The germinated seeds have been placed in a soil/coco fiber mixture outside with daytime temperatures of about 25-30°C and the plants grow at a moderate to fast pace. I guess that soaking the seeds would accelerate germination, making V. joannis very easy to germinate.
Submitted on 29/09/2004 by Konrad kschuettig@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

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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.
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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