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Voanioala gerardii

Forest Coconut

A very rare relative of the Coconut from Madagascar. Large and heavy seeds.

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...difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Sterile Aufzuchterde in einen Plastikbeutel und immer feucht halten. Mit mind.5cm Substrat die Samen bedecken. Die Temperatur sollte am Tag um die 35°C und in der Nacht zwischen 25°- 30° C liegen. Dieser Temperaturunterschied hat sich sehr positiv auf den Keimerfolg ausgewirkt.Wichtig ist das die Samen nie austrocknen und sehr frisch sind.
Submitted by Markus Bär baer.markus@gmx.de

...very difficult to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
perhaps one of palms the most difficult to germinate(some sources say up to two years).I bought three of them at an other palm-seed-dealer in January 01.Pre-soaking, climate chamber @ 30°C, use Kokohum moist.One I lost six month after starting of germination, it dried out due to a leak in one „germination eyeš (it has also ˆ like a coconut- three „germination eyesš).Now, one year later, no germination or events like fungus or rotting.
Submitted by Jens JensBluetling@onlinehome.de

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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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Suitable for: all

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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