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Araucaria laubenfelsii

De Laubenfels' Araucaria

This spectacular Araucaria is known from a limited range in the high mountains of southern New Caledonia to 1400 m (4600 ft). The “wavy look” of the pinnate branchlets in younger trees is characteristic of the species and absolutely stunning. Even though it can grow as tall as 50 m (160 ft.), young plants begin coning when barely 4 m (13 ft.) tall. In cultivation it should do very well in the cooler tropics and in nearly all warm termperate regions. From the conditions in its habitat it would seem that it requires ample moisture, but, like other Araucaria, it should be a highly adaptable. To our knowledge, it has never been offered commercially before.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
after soaking seeds for one day in the water i placed them onto wet cotton pads changing the cotton pads daily. Most seeds started opening after ca. 5-6 days. Then i placed them in the mixture of vermiculite, perlite and coco fibres. Out of 11 seeds 9 germinated (8 with 4 cotyledons, 1 with 2 cotyledons, 2 were purple and 7 green).
Submitted on 15/06/2010 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate.
Soaked seed in cool water for 24hrs ,placed seed 3/4 into mix,pointy end down in clean sand/pine peat. Put pots on heat mat at 21C in sealed clear plastic bags. Water in and 1 week later first 6 of 100 have sprouted...
Submitted on 13/05/2010 by Scott Cumberland

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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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