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Agathis ovata

A small to medium-sized conifer that can reach about 25 m (80 ft.) tall and is found only in southeastern New Caledonia between 150 and 1150 m (500 and 3800 ft.) elevation, mostly in humid forest or low maquis minier scrubland on ultramafic soils that are high in heavy metals. It forms an ascending, candelabra-like crown. The large, oval leaves are thick and leathery and make this a most remarkable tree. The fragmented natural populations are considered endangered mainly through mining and fires as well as poor reproduction rates in the wild. It is nearly unknown in cultivation even though it would make a stunning ornamental for warm temperate and tropical climates.

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I presoaked 10 seeds in water for 24 hours. These were put into barely damp coco peat and sealed in plastic bags. They were put on top of a heating pad. 2. 5 week later 9 of 10 seeds had germinated they have been transplanted into a turface, pumice, crushed serpentine mix. Finely crushed serpentine was used on the top layer to prevent fungal problems.
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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.

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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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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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