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Archontophoenix maxima

Walsh River Palm

The largest of the Archontophoenix, this species grows a smooth, gray trunk to 25 m (80 ft.) tall, topped by a green crownshaft that carries several ascending, pinnate leaves with stiff leaflets, green above and silvery underneath. Noteworthy is its massive inflorescence that holds thousands of attractive, red fruit. A. maxima is native to wet forests in the Atherton Tableland, Queensland, Australia between 800 and 1200 m (2600 and 3900 ft.)

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Small packet planted in a pot in the greenhouse November 2012, germinated April 2013, now have 10 good seedlings.
Submitted on 13/06/2013 by John O Wild

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I placed about 90 seeds in a tropical soil mix and kept ambient temperatures around 85F. First seeds sprouted in 15 days, and after 50 days, I have about 70% germination.
Submitted on 05/02/2006 by Christian Faulkner cfkingfish@gmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Grows like the clappers. Faster than the other Archontophoenix species. Trunk becomes very wide. Natural habitat experiences cool-cold conditions in winter, thus grows well in the subtropics even though natural habitat is the highlands of tropical NQ, Australia inland from Cairns. Large fruit germinate easily. From Kris
Submitted on 31/05/2005 by Kris Kupsch tropicalbotanics@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I used the "zip bag method" with sphagnum moss to germinate the 23 seeds that I received from here, in less than 2 weeks, 20 seeds had started to germinated so I transfer them to individuals containners.
Submitted on 03/03/2005 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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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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