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Wallichia disticha

Distichous Fishtail Palm

Because of its unusual distichous leaf arrangement, this is one of the most intriguing and recognizable palms. Its leaves are arranged in two vertical rows alongside the trunk. The numerous narrow fishtail-shaped leaflets are arranged in clusters and spread in several planes, giving the leaf a plumose appearance. Wallichia disticha is of medium size and grows extremely fast once established. Native to northeastern India and Burma, it is highly adaptable and succeeds very well in climates ranging from warm temperate to tropical.

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I soaked 12 seeds for two days in water with a small amount of fungizide (Daconil) added. Planted the seeds about 1 cm deep in a mix of about 80 % peat, 10 % sand, 10 % perlite in a plastic tray with top. I humidified the mix until slightly wet with a water/fungizide mixture as used for the soaking. All 12 seeds sprouted after approx. 15 days (100% success rate) at 25° to 32°C. After the root was about 4-5 cm long, I replanted in a pot with a peat/sand/perlite mix in a deep pot (Wallichia is remote germinating) and put it in my yard in the shade. Now I am waiting for the fist leaf.
Submitted on 15/08/2008 by Peter Gockel

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy to germinate using the baggy method in a warm spot and quality seeds. Subsequent growth has been extremely slow (one or two leaves in 18 months!) and approximately half the seedlings have died. I am growing them in a shade house in Auckland (humid warm temperate, no frost, wet winters). I think the damp may be the problem but a couple look ready to take off. Would be interested to hear experiences from any other NZ growers.
Submitted on 02/07/2004 by Richard richnorm@slingshot.co.nz

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I soaked my seeds in distilled water for 2 days, then one day in 3% hydrogen peroxide to help kill bacteria and such. I started to soak on 11 Oct 2002. I placed them in freezer type Ziplock bags, with peat/forest product type potting soil, called Super Soil, and kept at room temp of about 65-70F, and checked almost every week. I checked them again on 4 Jan 2002, and found they had sprouted; found 7 out of 10 had sprouted, so I planted in pots,and will wait to see if the other do. I found them with roots 5/8 to 1/8 inch, so I can see more could be in the process. It took them just a week shy of 3 monthes; thought the longer rooted ones, you know may have started a few couple weeks before, and I just missed seeing them in the potting soil.These are probably one of the easiest palm seeds I have every sprouted. I only hope it get warmer here where I live, or they are able to take a little more frost, then many indicate.
Submitted on 07/01/2003 by David Johnson DavidLJ48@hotmal.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Easy and fast. I had a very high percentage germinate, growing them in plastic bags in vermiculite, suspended in the sunroom.
Submitted on 23/12/2002 by Van vandringar@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I started these in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel. I placed them into my Warming oven and within 2 days they had started to sprout. By 15 days I had 113 that had sprouted out of the original 100 seeds I had ordered. There are less than 20 that have not sprouted, but considering I have already gotten more to sprout than I ordered, I figure that's GREAT!
Submitted on 11/11/2002 by Leatha Ruchty leathap2@cs.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
My seeds sprouted very fast, all within a month. Nine out of the ten seeds I purchased sprouted. I sprouted them in a bag with regular top-soil after soaking them in water for a day. The temperature was about 85 degrees ferenheit durring the day and only a few degrees cooler at night. Subsequent groth has not been too quick. It has been a year and each plant only has 4-5 leaves.
Submitted on 25/09/2002 by Daniel Limbert Kaiserdan@aol.com

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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
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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.
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