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Arenga hookeriana

A much sought after, clustering dwarf palm with large, entire leaflets

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Fresh seed can be sprouted within 3 months . This genus require a long time of germination . Soak them in water for 2 days and used fungi power at the last to improve germination pecentage . Plastic-bag technique if good for this palm seed because the seed is quite small and needs high humidity and temperature . Peat moss is perfect choice for used as germination media .
Submitted on 08/05/2006 by Jakkrit Jakkrit_Mn@yahoo.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seeds were placed in a sandwich baggie along with damp vermiculite. Left of top of the refrigerator. 11 out of 11 seeds germinated in 2 months.
Submitted on 25/05/2005 by Chris cjpcarroll@netscape.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
In damp medium of 50% perlite and 50% vermiculite at 25-30C more than half the seeds germinated within 3 weeks. These remote germinators are as easy as Arenga engleri, but the seedlings are slow growers and first leaves can take months after germination to produce a leaf.
Submitted on 31/12/2004 by Chris king chris@mtechsystems.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I started with 10 seeds and 9 sprouted. It took between 2-4 months for all the seeds to sprout, a bug drilled into the tenth seed and ate the endocarp. It took 5 months until I saw a leaf and that was one seedling, 6 months later and the others still haven't popped above the soil line.
Submitted on 31/07/2003 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I soaked the seeds for 3 days in warm water. I put the seeds in a 2 litre ice-cream tub filled with palm peat. The seed should be just covered by the peat. I then floated the tub in a fishtank that stays at a constant 32c. The first seeds germinated within two weeks, the rest all within 6 months. Seedlings need constant warmth otherwise growth is very slow. Once they are roughly 15cm tall they can be moved to a cooler location without much fuss.
Submitted on 23/05/2002 by Dennis Lutge dlutge@edgars.co.za

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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

Our rating:
Suitable for: all

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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