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Areca catechu

Betel Nut Palm

The Betel Nut Palm is widely cultivated in Southeast Asia for its seeds, which contain a mild stimulant. They are fast and easy to sprout, and plants are very fast growing and best suited to warm subtropical and tropical regions. They have a full crown of shiny green fronds, a slender crownshaft, and a smooth, gray trunk.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Areca Catechu is going to go down on my list as the easiest palm seed to germinate out of the 85 speices I have bought from rarepalmseeds to date, beating Rhopalostylis Sapida (Auckland), Pritchardia Hillebrandii and Rhopaloblaste Augusta by a massive margin. It is even easier to germinate than Dypsis Sahanofensis, which is a doddle - when I received 26 seeds after ordering a pack of 10, 19 were already germinated. In fact, Areca Catechu wins on a relative basis. I ordered 10, got 13 and when I left them in a warm cupboard for 2 weeks - I HAD NOT EVEN PUT THEM IN WATER YET - 10 of them had already germinated with the 11th showing tell-tale signs of starting to break through its golf-ball sized stringy shell. Indeed, I had not even gone through the whole process of watering and had - as far as I am concerned - 100% germination after buying 13 as 10 had already germinated. The other 3 will come whenever they want to, I am no longer fussed - I got my money's worth. If all palms were like the Areca Catechu, conservation and preservation would not be a problem and many like me - who buy seeds for propogation of the species and not just for commerce - would not be worried about extinction.
Submitted on 06/09/2007 by Anthony adovkants@hotmail.com

... are difficult to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
Took me over 1 year to have these germinate, and out of 10 seeds, only one germinated.
Submitted on 06/02/2007 by one of our visitors

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
This palm in grow in Cambodia. i try them in soil and and it take a month germinate.
Submitted on 20/12/2006 by one of our visitors

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
i got these seeds from existing tree in our garden. i kept them in hot water for 3 days (water changed regulerly) and then planted in small bag filled with soil, sand and manure and kept them in shade area in our garden near sea beach. the seeds start germinating in second month and the leaves comes out in forth month
Submitted on 07/11/2006 by manish bedarkar manishbedarkar@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy to germinate, seeds collected in nature, soaked 3 days in warm water needed 20 days for germination
Submitted on 26/04/2005 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds were collected from native tree and soaked inwarm water for 15 days as they were.Before sowing a pulp was removed from the seeds. The seeds was sown in open pots filled with garden center soil.Pots were kept at 25 d.C. Irrigation was done when top of the soilstarted dry out.Germination was rapid and began after 17 days. 100% germination was achievedby 34th day of sowing.
Submitted on 15/11/2002 by Sergei Leonov serileonov@hotmail.com

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In Lufkin Texas in USA they need average care and grow normal.
An easily grown palm for both the tropics and warm sub-tropical areas (it is cold sensitive). It prefers shade as a seedling, but it does take full sun at quite a young age. It likes a moist, well drained soil, and doesn't like to dry out
Submitted on 01/11/2008 by Shirley A Billingsley

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Phnom Penh in Cambodia they need little care and grow normal.
Gerinmate seed in Cambodia in Phnom Penh. Seed must be fresh to grow. The palm is in shade and sun and is about 4 inch. It is 3 year old it is growing in a drit and the palm is growing out side. Is a nice palm tree.
Submitted on 10/01/2007 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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