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Wallichia densiflora

Wallich‘s Dwarf Fishtail Palm

This wonderful rare dwarf palm from the humid forests of the Himalayas, where it grows up to an altitude of at least 1600m (5200ft), deserves to be much more widely grown. Its elegantly arching fronds are dark green above and bright silvery white below, and the leaflets resemble a fishtail. Although slow at the beginning, it speeds up considerably with age and develops into neat clusters to about 2m tall. It is best grown in shade and suitable for subtropical and temperate climates. It will take prolonged cool weather and can tolerate moderate frosts without damage. W. densiflora also does perfectly as a house or conservatory plant and will look good even under less than optimum conditions.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked in warm water for 3 days and changed daily. left cup on top of stove to keep warm despite my wifes requests. In late August so California Placed 1/4 deep in to regular planting mixin a large 5 gallon pot with seeds spaced out equally. (group pot method) 6 0ut of 10 thru up first shoot by January and were transplanted into 12 inch deep by 4 inch wide tree pots (initial root went very deep)
Submitted on 19/01/2004 by Rob McFadgen robmcfadgen@aol.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
No special needs, just store it at room temperature in a and moderately moist medium (not wet). Should sprout between 3 to 6 weeks.
Submitted on 11/08/2003 by Marian Kubes maros@ltc.sk

...easy to germinate.
These seeds were first soaked in warm water for a couple of days (changed several times) then put into a plastic bag of 50/50 vermiculite and multipurpose compost, placed near the boiler, after a few weeks thay are starting to germinate.
Submitted on 10/05/2003 by one of our visitors

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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In TEXAS in USA they need very little care and grow normal.
I purchased these seeds back in early 2007. They were not planed until about Nov,. 2007. Spring time (March 15 for us) I took them out from their winter storage in the garage and set them out in the half day sun. They have sprouted and are doing great! 9 out of 10 made it. I did not water them all winter and only watered them when I took them out of the garage. Very little care so needed so far. Can only hope it stays that way. Planted in moist peat moss in the winter and all dried out by March so they needed a big drink. Temps reaching 82 degrees. I did not soak these seeds first. I just threw them in. Watered and stored in the garage over winter. Very strong stout looking sprouts are coming up and looking extremely healthy.
Submitted on 16/03/2008 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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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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