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Archontophoenix alexandrae

King Palm

A very popular palm from Australia with grass green, feather shaped leaves with silver undersides and slender crown shafts. The small bright red fruits are produced in large quantities. The King- or Alexander palm will grow in a wide range of climates from tropical to cool temperate, and does excellently as an indoor palm given bright light. The seeds germinate easily and uniformly and subsequent growth is very fast.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Once the environment is moist and warm, seeds will germinate. Start preparing seeds for planting as soon as they arrive. Clean if necessary then soak seeds for a few days before planting. Keep moist and warm. Germination will occur within 3 weeks after planting. However, germination can take up to 3 months.
Submitted on 21/01/2009 by Vincie Bowen

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The seeds of this palm are very easy to germinate and actually most of them arrived with a root already developing.Although some had fungus on them,with a good washing under the tap and gentle rubbing with the hand of the fungused areas,there was no further problem...The newly sprouted plants are sensitive to excessive heat and overwatered soil...Also,they must not be exposed to direct sun other than a few minutes of morning sun and even after 3 years after germination,noon sun makes the leaves not look at their best,although it is marginally tolerated...Watch out for pests too as it seems that they more easily damaged by them than most palms...Even by pests that never touch other palms from my experience...
Submitted on 22/10/2007 by Konstantinos Giannopoulos giannopouloskonstantinos@yahoo.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seeds of this species germinate with ease and have proved fairly hardy. Most seeds will have germinated within the first 3 to 5 weeks of sowing, though some seeds will still be emerging after 6 to 8 weeks. My general rule of thumb is that whichever seeds do not germinate within 3 months will probably never germinate. Germination is simple to achieve. I have used garden compost as a base and had a germination rate of about 80% without any pre-treatment. In fact, seeds falling of the 3 parent plants in my garden germinate readily on the lawn!
Submitted on 28/08/2007 by Anton antonespira@gmail.com

... are very difficult to germinate.
i've got 12 seeds (not from this page), after reading germination comments, presoaked seeds for a week in warm water,then planted. keeping covered, humid and +30 (in the day time maybe little bit more).....more than two months passed and still nothing :(
Submitted on 24/07/2006 by Deima lulekebaba@one.lt

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soked seeds for 3 days in straight water changed each day. Placed in plastic bag with moist sphagnum moss and set on heater cable @75F. Roots showing after 7 days.
Submitted on 03/05/2006 by Christopher Kane sjs014@sbcglobal.net

... are very easy to germinate.
I put about 20 seeds in the water when they arrived and kept in warm place. The next day when I looked at them 5 have already had a small germ. I could't believe my eyes:) Easiest seeds to germinate I think.
Submitted on 14/03/2006 by Iva Kozova, Czech republic iva@czn.cz

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
These are unbelievably easy to grow. I sowed them outdoors in the winter after soaking for 24 hours. I hardly watered them and realized that they probably needed some. So 4 months after sowing them I collected them put them in a pot a watered. 80% sprouted after 1-2 months and grew well. The seedlings prefer to be kept out of intense sunlight and kept moist.
Submitted on 30/12/2005 by Michael Iufer miufer@ucsd.edu

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
This batch made me laugh. They arrived 4 weeks after ordering and had already begun to sprout in the bag on their way to Orlando. They went straight into the soil and are growing nicely. I would say very easy to germinate!
Submitted on 01/11/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
soked seeds in warm water for 3 days, then in pots with sphagnum moss (covered) used bottom heat, 90°F (30°C), kept moist...1st seed germinated 15 days after sowing.
Submitted on 29/04/2004 by Jón Ágúst Erlingsson johnny13@torg.is

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked in tap water for 3 days and planted in clear plastic container under a window that got only morning sun. Kept moist. Germinated in 25 days.
Submitted on 20/03/2004 by Anton chuidian wutang8364@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Excellent results - nearly 90% germination rate. All sprouted about the same time. Soaked in water a week, then bagged in 50/50 Jungle Growth/Miracle growth soils.
Submitted on 19/02/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked for a week, then bagged in 50/50 mix of Miracle Grow/Jungle Growth. 8 of 10 sproted within one month. Thriving.
Submitted on 03/02/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The seeds were soaked in water for one week & 45 min. soaked in fungicide it'll take 3-4 weeks, temeratare were consistant at about 30C in plastic box with most peatmoss & humidity 100%. Gremination results 90%.
Submitted on 03/12/2003 by Hamad Alfalasi hmalfalasi@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
They´ll take 2-3 weeks. Germination quota with fresh ones is usually 90%. Germination temperature 30°C. Presoak 2-3 days in warm water, keepinng moist all the time, and you will get allmost 100%
Submitted on 21/07/2003 by Pedro Gallardo pegallardo@copamex.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
After soaking for three or four days and keeping them into a ziplocked back, they freely sprouted
Submitted on 27/01/2003 by Tana Gottwald black-flame@web.de

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The seeds are placed as usual in a plastic bag with moist pit+sand at 25-30°C.100% germination in 1 month.After 16 months, they have 6-7 leaves and reach 60-80 cm.
Submitted on 13/04/2002 by Ted W. Baer tedwbaer@urbanet.ch

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
The seeds were soaked in water for one day. They were then soaked in a fungicide for 15 minutes. They were then placed in damp medium consisting of perlite and sphagnum moss 1:1 ratio. Temperatures were consistant at about 70- 75 degrees F. Germination started after 1 week. I recieved 90% germination, 9 out of 10 seeds.
Submitted by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
One of the easiest germation tasks. If they are fresh, they´ll take 2-3 weeks. Germination quota with fresh ones is usually 90%. Germination temperature 80-90°F/30°C. Presoak 2-3 days in warm water, keep moist all the time, but not wet.
Submitted by Thomas Foltyn t@chello.at

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plant cultivation comments by our visitors
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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In NICOSIA in CYPRUS they need average care and grow fast.
Easy to germinate and is a fast grwoing palm. For me it is the most beautiful palm in the world.
Submitted on 05/03/2008 by one of our visitors

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Kakamega in Kenya they need very little care and grow fast.
A real jewel in the horticultural crown, this palm is easy to grow, easy to propagate, fairly quick growing, and not fussy at all. It is a fairly beautiful item on its own, especially when in flower, but what it lacks in beauty it makes up for in versatility. It can be placed with ease anywhere in the garden, and will tolerate mild shade to full sunlight. Its quick growth means that it can be counted on as a piece in a landscaping design, and can be utilised where a palm tree is needed urgently (3 to 7 years in East Africa). I grow them in Kenya at an altitude of over 1500m a.s.l., with a rainfall of about 2000mm per annum, and they are my most dependable and trustworthy palms.
Submitted on 28/08/2007 by Anton antonespira@gmail.com

... are of excellent ornamental value
In SOUTH TEXAS in UNITED STATES OF AMERICA they need very little care and grow very fast.
Seeds were received and placed right into cups. Next thing e knew they were sprouting. 3 weeks tops. So easy... that we even dropped one and we only found it, after it had its first leave out of the ground. We used only wet peat moss in the cups and there was only top soil on the ground. 50 out of 50 seeds made it. 100% germination on these. Temp ws about 85-95F'. Growing fast.
Submitted on 22/04/2006 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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