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Calyptrogyne ghiesbreghtiana

Vampire Palm

This delightful, stemless, understorey palm from the Atlantic rain or cloud forests of Central America has large, undivided or sparsely pinnate leaves that are intensively dark red to maroon colored when young. Interestingly, the flowers of this species are pollinated by bats! An eye-catching and easy-to-grow palm for subtropical and tropical areas, also ideal as a potted plant.

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germination comments by our visitors
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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Received fresh seed from RPS - two seeds had started to sprout in mail. Seeds were soaked for two days (with daily water changes), then planted in surface of moist germination mix (peat/vermiculite/perlite) in clear plastic bag. Bag placed on top of grow light for bottom heat, then moved under lights as shoots appeared. Germination slow, some initially sprouting within 1-2 weeks of sowing but taking 1-2 months more for leaves to appear. At 100 days, have 22% germination, but many remaining seeds appear viable. First seedlings transplanted at 95 days after planting, fairly compact, bushy root system with bifid leaf.
Submitted on 20/12/2009 by E. Ulaszek

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I work for a company who buys and sells Palm tree seeds from this company and i found that they were extremely easy to germinate all i did was soak the seeds in water for twenty four hours and then plant them in spagnum moss and keep them humid.
Submitted on 22/07/2007 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
First packet of seeds germinated in transit. Planted them in spaghnum peat moss. Extremely touchy as seedlings, all died and I had to reorder. Second packet of seeds arrived with one germinated. A second germinated 24 hours into pre-soak. Immediately planted germinated ones into 5 parts moist vermiculite, 1 part perlite on a pot with drainage holes. Planted the rest after 48 hours pre-soak. Will take extra precaution this time to prevent damping off.
Submitted on 29/03/2006 by Frank lozadaf@bellsouth.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Most of the seeds arrived germinated and I immediatly potted in peat compost. The shoot came out of the peat in three weeks.
Submitted on 02/08/2004 by Victor Bartolo victor_bartolo@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate.
Actually I received not seeds but seedlings! All ten seeds germinated in transit.
Submitted on 22/07/2003 by Sergei serileonov@hotmail.com

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

... are of high ornamental value
In South west in England they need average care and grow normal.
Our Vampire palms germinated in the post so we planted them in Spagnum moss and put them in a warm greenhouse (20'C) and kept them watered and after 6 months they are now about 2 inches tall. They still look really healthy and strong.
Submitted on 02/08/2007 by Cockroach Ltd

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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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