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Veitchia spiralis

Kajewskia Palm

Endemic to the small volcanic island of Aneityum in Vanuatu (New Hebrides) (also home to the very rare Carpoxylon macrospermum) where it grows in light, humid forest. It forms a slender trunk to about 20 m (66 ft.) tall, topped by a green crownshaft and a spreading crown of elegantly arching leaves with about 40 broad, erect or pendulous leaflets. It is very fast growing and a very rewarding palm for the humid tropics.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I picked seeds from a tree and picked some older ones up from underneath the tree. Cleaned them, forgot to soak them, and put them in pots with germinating soil. I got about 10 seeds and now I have 7 plants growing, almost all busy with their second leaf.
Submitted on 06/11/2006 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I got 15 very fresh seeds of this palm and I divided them in two lots. The first one (5 seeds), in humid warm shade germinated in about 6 weeks while the other ones, kept in hot sun never did. The little plans grew to a total height (so far) of about 5 inches in about 2 more months.
Submitted on 03/07/2006 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.

We recommend:
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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