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Arenga tremula

Philippine Dwarf Sugar Palm

A handsome clustering palm from the Philippines which grows to about 3 or 4 metres, and is suitable for a range of climatic zones from temperate to tropical. Leaves with long and narrow leaflets, green above and glaucous beneath, supported by slim, green, ringed trunks.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
soak small squares of newspaper in the mixed solution of miracle grow and water as directed on the box then wrap the seed fairly loose in the wet paper and plant as you normally would for complete coverage of the seed during the sprouting duration.
Submitted on 28/02/2006 by dave richardson veterandoc01@yahoo.com

...not rated.
Good germination rate, but as usual with Arengas, takes quite long 3-6 months. Our seedlings are very robust and have spent one winter here in Rome, Italy outside in a sheltered position but with no protection from frost. Slow growing, but showing potential for temperate climates like Arenga engleri.
Submitted on 15/08/2005 by Massimo De Sanctis bestbefore98@yahoo.it

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plant cultivation comments by our visitors
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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In SW Florida, Gulf coast in USA they need average care and grow normal.
I planted seeds in community pots; separating after 6 months into one gallon pots. 6 mos later moved them into 3 gallon pots. I love this for the fragrance alone!! Champaca and kewra (Michelia champaca & Pandanus flwrs) scent carries in the wind from golden flwrs. Ultra-strong in close proximity. Seedlings need protection from hot sunlight and frost. This palm is quite tolerant of partial shade and interplanting with taller palms. Tolerant of some salt from deep-well irrigation (sulfa-water) planted in the ground. Develops multiple trunks with age. Parent palms (seed source) trunks 8 ft high with 8 ft spread, at location for 8 years, behind and on either side of hot tub. Trunks have beautiful black fibres, as if wrapped in black burlap. These palms were exposed to intercoastal winds and tropical storm winds. Sadly, new owners removed these as they were part of a privacy screen.
Submitted on 05/05/2008 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.

 
       
 
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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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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