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Beccariophoenix madagascariensis

These seeds were collected from a coastal population of Beccariophoenix in the south of Madagascar. This palm is a much more robust, tough-leaved, non-window pane form, which is considered by many to be a separate species altogether. A fabulous, large landscaping palm for subtropical and tropical areas.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Ordered my seeds from rarepalmseeds some five months ago, with a germination rate of 80 percent within 2 months! Placing them in a 'ziplocbag' filled with vermiculite and keeping them lightly moistered with a spray-bottle and bottom heat during daytime at 28-30 and 'round 20 during night, it took less that a month for the first two to germinate! Now after roughly five months tvet are all growing fine and the biggest are on their third leaf! Very good quality seeds!
Submitted on 10/09/2013 by Martin Olin

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Very easy once I realised what was going on. Soaked the seeds for 24 hours changing water twice and during this I noticed that some of the outer shells which are thin in places developed stress fractures and cracked. I placed them in plastic take away containers on moist perlite and put under lid of my tropical aquarium with light on a timer for day/night activation temps around 26C -32C. After 2 weeks two had germinated. Then nothing for 2 or 3 weeks. There was one seed that had a cracked shell but not germinated so I decided to pull the seed coat off and place the embryo (a little raised lump about 2mm in diameter)into the perlite. Within a week it had germinated. Then no more germination. So I decided to file off the seed coats with a fine steel file from the remaining seeds. This was tedious but worth it. I filed very carefully a line around the equator of the seed being very careful not to go through in to the flesh until I could get a finger nail under the coat and lift it off in sections exposing the embryo. I then placed the embryo into the moist perlite, and within about a month all but two have germinated. From 20 seeds I got 18 plants that are growing strongly. 90% germination is very good. I'm happy as these plants are exceedingly rare with I think only 2 plants left and no fruiting plants in cultivation. Also it is possible I may get the last two seeds to germinate.
Submitted on 13/10/2004 by Tyrone Cripps tynat98@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
bought fresh seeds from rarepalmseeds in may 2004, and when they arrived later that month I sowed them immediately in peat moss (no presoak was done) temperature was around 90°F (30°C), first seed germinated after 55 days and the second one followed 4 days later.
Submitted on 30/07/2004 by Jón Ágúst Erlingsson johnny13@torg.is

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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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