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Araucaria rulei

Araucaria rulei is the king of the New Caledonian high plateau. Ever more rare because of habiat destruction in central New Caledonia, A. rulei is a stately and ornamental Araucaria that eventually forms a candelabra type tree with scant but awesome foliage. The branchlets are covered with recurved broad “spines” and are about the 2-3 cm (1 in.) in diameter meaning that they are very large and showy at the tips of basically bare branches. A botanical treasure virtually unknown in cultivation.

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... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
they germinated fast as with most araucarias, they where outside with temperature fluctiatin between 14-15ºc to25-26 degrees ºc with shade and they have been groing good
Submitted on 12/12/2010 by joao

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The seeds were soaked for 2 days in warm water and planted 2/3 buried into individual pots. Excellent germination (80%) occurred within the first 3 weeks with most seed coats shed in another 2-3 weeks. Temperature range in the mid 20s C (~77F) by day and around 20C (68F) at night. No problems with damping off, but growth is slow at first. Compost consists of 1 part perlite, 1 part sand, 1/2 part fine bark, and 1/2 part humus. Two distinct color variants so far - one purple, the other green.
Submitted on 20/10/2010 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
same as for araucaria montana and very easy to germinate,raised in germination tray at 20 degrees celsius with a humidi cover and then pricked out into individual pots pointy end down into soil as you would norfolk island pine or hoop pine.
Submitted on 14/10/2010 by graeme ellis

... 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 10 seeds 8 germinated (4 with purple color and 4 green). All with 4 cotyledons. After one month first needles started to emerge.
Submitted on 15/06/2010 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate.
Soak seed for 24hrs in cool filtered water. Plant 3/4 depth pointy end down in a mix of sand and pine peat and water in. Put pot into plastic bag and seal. Place on heat mat at 22C and mist every 3 days. 30% germination on the 11th day...
Submitted on 18/05/2010 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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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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