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Verschaffeltia splendida

Seychelles Stilt Palm

A beautiful species from the Seychelles that sports a slender, spiny trunk, supported by prominent stilt roots, and large, undivided leaves. The large seeds are easy to germinate and the seedlings are fast growing. They are best in a humid, warm subtropical or tropical climate but can also easily be kept indoors in containers. For a more cool tolerant alternative see Astrocaryum alatum.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds were germinating upon arrival November 2012 and were planted right away. They have yet to appear above the soil, probably due to the cold Minnesota winter and cool greenhouse, down to 50 Degs F in places. I have successfully grown this one and have three plants right now a few years old. The trick is to keep them warm/hot, never below 75 Deg F. They will not survive extended cold. I keep this one near the heater in the warmest and sunny place.
Submitted on 09/03/2013 by John O Wild

... are not rated.
Easy and fast with fresh seed. Some of the seeds were showing signs of germination when planted. Using a sterile mix of three parts perlite and one part vermeculite in a deep flat on bottom heat, the first roots appeared in three weeks while the rest took 6 weeks to emerge. The germination media was kept at 80 f and a clear plastic lid placed over the flat.
Submitted on 27/02/2010 by Don Martin

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds germinated after just a few weeks in a ziplock bag with neemcoir at around 35 degrees Celcius. Had 90% succes. Already waiting for the next batch!
Submitted on 16/07/2009 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate.
Very easy. Soaked 10 fresh seeds for 3 days in warm water changing daily. No scarification required. They have a hard outer shell however germination starts next to a white circular area you will notice on the seed. Placed seeds half way buried in moist peat/perlite mix, kept in plastic bag for 100% humidity and placed outside in spring/early summer heat (65F-75F). Covered in dark plastic to block sunlight(to avoid algae/fungus) and absorb heat. 7 of 10 germinated in one month 70%. Other three looks very promising. 100% germination is possible.
Submitted on 07/06/2007 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
10 seeds were pre-soaked in warm water for three days changed daily. Seeds were sown in peat and kept all the time at 32-33 d.C. Irrigation was done when top of the soil started dry out. Seeds started to sprout after 3-4 weeks after sowing. All ten seeds germinated. Subsequent seedling growth is very fast and robust, already spines!
Submitted on 05/03/2004 by Sergei Leonov serileonov@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Easy to germinate, much harder to keep alive outside the tropics. Just follow common germinating practises and warmth in the mid 30C.
Submitted on 06/12/2002 by Mike Jamison wendymike@optusnet.com.au

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Take a knife and carefully make scratches in the hard outer layer after removing the flesh around it. The inner white with the ambryo must not be injured, so stop when you see the white endocarp through the scratches. Then presoak 2-3 days in warm water. Germination temperature around 30°C/86°F. Keep moist, but not wet. If you follow this procedure and use fresh fruits, germination quota will reach 60-90%.
Submitted by Thomas Foltyn t@chello.at

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In Helsinki Botanical Garden in Finland they need much care and grow normal.
When I saw these plants in the Seychelles, I just had to get these to grow in our collection of island endemics. The seeds that arrived were in a plastic bag and some germinated already. They were immediately planted and placed under a lamp in the greenhouse and several grew immediately into a small plant. They are truely tropical and do not like to be moved into cooler climate. Once planted they grow well into a small palm. Cool weather or dry air will kill them, so they need to be kept warm and moist. I suspect it is easy in tropical climates, and not to difficult in a tropical greenhouse, but they will not make good houseplants. We grew the plants from seeds bought in the summer of 2010 and have three plants in the greenhouse.
Submitted on 14/02/2011 by Maarten Christenhusz

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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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