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Carpoxylon macrospermum

Aneityum Palm

Originally described in 1875 from fruits found on the island of Aneityum in Vanuatu (New Hebrides), Carpoxylon macrospermum had remained in obscurity for more than one hundred years before it was finally rediscovered in 1987 on Espiritu Santo in the same group of islands. Before its rediscovery, nothing was known about its appearance, habitat or cultivation. After seeds were slowly becoming available in the 90's, the plant is now firmly established in many collections and has proven to be a reliable, easy and very fast growing ornamental. It has a smooth, fairly robust trunk that is around 35 cm (14 in.) across and will reach a height of about 20 m. The full crown of elegantly recurving leaves, strongly V-shaped in cross section, is held by a long, robust, green crownshaft. It is one of the best of all ornamental palms, suitable mainly for the tropical garden, and holds great potential of becoming every bit as popular as the Foxtail palm in years to come.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Germinated seed resents disturbance or changes in temperature and or humidity as such might not travel or acclimatise well to a new environment. This also applies to older potted plants so best grown in situ after only three leaves have developed. 50% of the seed I ordered had germinated before arrival these had minute hard black tips to the shoots those all died and rotted, no treatment, sown immediately and watered with dilute fungicide. The other 50% ungerminated seeds rapidly germinated with bottom heat no soaking just a washing in dacotect fungicide same as used above. Seed placed horizontally on surface of soil and pressed down quarter way. 70% vermiculite 30% coconut fibre watered with dilute fungicide kept on the dry side there after. Using 80% ambient humidity and +-30%C bottom heat, germinated in three days and watered again with dilute fungicide. First leaf rapidly making appearance. I suspect the seed had been primed for some time for germination before arrival so cannot say exactly how long they would normally take.
Submitted on 11/12/2011 by Avrom Goldberg

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I was amazed by this palm. I received the seeds on one of the coldest days in lower Michigan (-1F/-18C). I soaked the seeds in water for 5 days with two drops of growing hormone, changing daily. Placed seeds half barried on top of soil (important to keep them on top) in a large enclosed container of 60/40 peat moss/perlite mixture at 78F/25C. DO NOT roll the seeds around. Pick them up and look at them but put them back the way they were picked up. After 2 weeks two of the large seeds sent down roots about an inch. Remove them at this point from the container and put them in an enclosed pot with plenty of humidity keeping temp about 78F/25C. The roots will stay shallow for the first phase of growth. The palms will send up their first leaf to about 1.5 ft in less than a month. It doesn't required direct light either, though it will grow quicker with it.This is a fast growing and very enjoyable palm. Well worth the money. I am at 60% germination after 3 months. These palms will grow in popularity.
Submitted on 01/05/2007 by Clifton Ellis csellis1@yahoo.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very pleased about how easy these seeds were to germinate. Soaked the seeds in water for three days. Removed the husk material and bagged them in moist pete. Kept the seeds warm, around 90F. Had 70% germination in five weeks.
Submitted on 20/11/2006 by Scott Powers powersinc@verizon.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
This is a easy to germinate seeds. I soaked the seeds for 5 days in water and added to the water 10 drops of growing hormone ( 2 drops /gal). Subsequently I placed each individual seed into a 1 gal. plastic black germination/ growing bag. I used a mix of 75% germination peat moss and 25% coarse sand. After 4 weeks I have 50% germination. I beleive that at this rate I could have %75 germination which is not bad!.
Submitted on 04/10/2005 by Noel Pecunia Noel_Pecunia @hp.com

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Plants from this species ...

Grown in hawaii in U.S..
likes water, can handle full sun, the trunk can rot if knicked and exposed directly to water.
Submitted on 28/09/2007 by brent sheehan sheehanbrent@hotmail.com

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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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