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Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

King Palm

This popular, elegant, and fast-growing palm from southern and eastern Australia has grass green leaves, a slim trunk, and a long, smooth crownshaft. An easy-to-grow plant suitable for cool temperate to tropical climates, or for indoors if given bright enough light.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
This is my seed germinated for 15 days just put it in a bowl on the substrate moist nylon cover the pan and place on a germination temperature of 35 is 100% guaranteed
Submitted on 06/04/2013 by amel

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I got some seeds of this wonderful elegant palm tree in a recent trip from Kuala Lumpur. Just after taking them off my luggage (about 30seeds) I peel them off, washed carefully and put them in a moist cocodust and put aside beside other plants os they wont get the 36c here in Manila. Nine days later I checked if there some activity and voila most of the seeds were already germinating. Now I already put them in separate seedling cups and waiting for the 1st one to show up.
Submitted on 11/04/2010 by Joel

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seeds from a Archonto. cunning. fell naturally into ground under tree, after being buried lightly by lawn or soil many seedlings germinated, this occured in Sydney, Seedling transplant not too good but acceptable
Submitted on 01/08/2009 by

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I got fresh seed in Long Beach from a bigger tree they take 3 week. Seedling is fast.
Submitted on 22/12/2006 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked the seeds for 24 hours, and planted in plastic containers next to a heat source, had 100% germination in a matter of weeks
Submitted on 25/05/2005 by Andrew Strickland andrew@alliancemalta.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I was opening a plastic bag containing 100 seeds when several of them fell behind my computer desk. I could not reach them so I left them and didn't think about them again. Soon after we had a very hard rain and I had left the window behind the desk open. rain came in and ran behind the desk. I could not move the desk to clean it up so I threw a towel behind the dest to soak up the water from the carpet. 2 weeks later I finally pulled my desk back to retrieve the towel and clean up the mess left from the rain and I could not believe it. 2 of the seeds were sprouting under the damp towel. No heat, no light just a damp towel & carpet. AWESOME. The rest of the seeds were placed in peat (baggie) on a heat mat. The damp towel method is quicker. HA!
Submitted on 04/05/2005 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
seeds germinated within two weeks of sowing in nomal poting compost with seed suppled buy this site 20 seeds potted 18 seedlings growing very easy and fun for a beginner temp 34c day and droped to 28c on a nigth
Submitted on 11/04/2003 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very, very quick for a palm, with a very high percentage of germination. I have got great results germinating these seeds in fresh water, changed every two days. In about two weeks almost all seeds had germinated.
Submitted on 15/04/2002 by one of our visitors

...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.
Seeds were harvested fresh off my tree. 5 seeds cleaned and soaked in fresh water for one day. They were then soaked for about 10 minutes in a fungicide. Seeds were placed slightly buried in moist perlite and peat moss 1:1 ratio. Bottom heat constant. Germination occured within the next four weeks. I got a 100% germination rate.
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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Newquay, Cornwall in England they need little care and grow fast.
I have a Bangalow palm given to me as a 2 year-old seedling from Queensland, Australia. In the 5 years I have had this plant it has grown to approximately 1 metre tall. The plant is kept potted in a 60:40 mix of peat-based multi-purpose compost & soil-based compost. The compost is kept just moist (it reacts very poorly & very quickly when it doesn't receive sufficient irrigation). The plant is fed high-nitrogen fertilizer weekly throughout summer. During summer it is placed in a shaded spot outdoors while the rest of the year it is kept in a well-lit situation indoors. In addition to irrigation, light seems to be high on the Bangalows list of essential requirements. This is now my only surviving Bangalow. All other seed-grown plants have joined the heavenly throng. Their demise usually occurs during winter when they are attacked by rot, the spear pulls out & the plant expires. All other Archontophoenix species have suffered similar fates. While Bangalows seem to be the hardiest of the Archontopheonix species they all appear to require good light, warm temperatures & adequate water, year round.
Submitted on 20/04/2007 by Ray Longhurst raylonghurst@aol.com

... are of excellent ornamental value
In florida in united states they need little care and grow slow.
i love to grow these palms trees because i like there long limbs and the strands that hang down off of the main branch.1) put the seeds in moist soil for about 4 weeks 2) and about the fifth week put them in a pot that they will be in for about 1 yaer 3) i realy think that you will love growing them as much as i do
Submitted on 03/01/2007 by kyle haas hollistercalifornia17@yahoo.com

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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.

We recommend:
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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