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Areca vestiaria (Maroon)

A spectacular and greatly desired but very rare variety of the well-known Indonesian palm. It sports a red to maroon emergent leaf that holds its color for weeks before it fades to a dark, faintly mottled green. The crownshaft and the leaf midribs are also reddish maroon, as opposed to orange in the regular form. Somewhat sensitive to cold, it is best suited to tropical climates. Seeds are pregerminated and will be shipped moist.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
If the seeds are fresh they will germinate very fast. I germinate them in a seed bed, soil composed of peat moss mixed with course sand, kept moist, NOT very wet, at 30C and after 2 weeks most of my seeds germinated. I microwaved the soil for about 10 minutes before, this is important for killing fungus and bacterias that can kill the seed. After another 2 weeks they started to throw their first leaf. One of the most easiest to germinate.
Submitted on 15/11/2013 by Cristian Gherasim

...very easy to germinate.
just opened my shipment and these arrived 80% germinated when i opened it up, some had shoots and roots 3/4 " long!
Submitted on 24/06/2004 by bobbie o'donnell bebobbieo@netzero.com

...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seeds were ordered from Rarepalmseeds. I soaked ten seeds in warm tap water for three days with daily water changes. The seeds were then placed in a 50-50 mix of Miracle Grow Potting Mix and perlite. I tried to keep these seeds a bit more moist than most other species given their habitat. Heat was maintained by keeping the container outside. One seed of the ten germinated. The seedling is a fairly slow grower (like most Arenga), with the first leaf being entire, and subsequent leaves becoming pinnate. My low germination rate may have been from too much heat.
Submitted on 10/03/2003 by Jason C. Skelly Skellsbells@aol.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.

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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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