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Arenga westerhoutii

Westerhout's Sugar Palm

A largish, solitary palm, widespread in rainforests throughout tropical Southeast Asia. Its thick, short trunk is densely covered in coarse, black leafsheath fibers and carries a large, upright crown of flat leaves that are dark green above and silvery below and can reach up to 8 m (27 ft.) in length. It is easy to sprout and, once past the seedling stage, growth is very fast and unproblematic. An impressive landscape tree for the large tropical garden or park.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
I get some fresh seeeds from mature tree in the forest near my home town. After cleaning the seed and then I put them all into plastic zip-lock. I used peat moss as germination media. After 12 month all of them sprouted. Very very long times.
Submitted on 07/09/2007 by Jakkrit Jakkrit_Mn@yahoo.com

... are easy to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
This species can take surprisingly time to germinated. I got some of fresh seed from mature plant at the forest, many seeds fall on the ground . I put all the seed into a plastic-bag with peat moss. Without any take care, after 12 months all of them are germinated. Normally I checked my seed bag every month.
Submitted on 30/05/2007 by Jakkrit Jakkrit_Mn@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Easiest plant I planted. All I did was put the seeds in a pot with moist, fertile, soil, and let the pot stay in the sun. A few weeks later without tending to the plant at all, it grew.
Submitted on 08/03/2005 by one of our visitors

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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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