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Borassus sambiranensis

Sambirano Palmyra Palm

Only a few old individuals of this majestic tree survive in their native habitat, the Sambirano area in northern Madagascar. This palm may have to rely entirely on cultivation for survival in the future unless the factors endangering its reproduction in the wild, such as bush fires, can be brought under control. The Sambirano Palmyra Palm is a truly spectacular palm. It grows a smooth, solitary, light gray trunk to 18 m (60 ft) tall with a characteristic bulge in the middle, topped by a full, rounded crown of very large, fan-shaped leaves. The seeds are about the size of coconuts and produce a very large sinker when they germinate. They should be sprouted in very tall containers or planted in their permanent position in the garden. Borassus sambiranensis prefers a position in full sun and does best in seasonally dry subtropical and tropical climates.

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Very easy just like the Borassus flabellifer, seeds must be fresh for success and no overwatering. Need a very deep pot like the standard seed-raising medium in a 12" pot.
Submitted on 13/01/2008 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy, they grow just like all the palmyra palm. Needed deep pot when planting like other Borassus species.
Submitted on 09/11/2007 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
In fact, all the Borassus species, needs to germinate in extremly deep containers, to have room for the large and deep root radical. After I read Adam St.Clair's comment, I can make a small adjustment:ALL palm trees species seeds MUST be FRESH, for an optimal germination.
Submitted on 24/07/2005 by Avram Sorina asorina@home.ro

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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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