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Caryota maxima

Mountain Fish Tail Palm

Widespread over South East Asia, the Mountain Fish Tail Palm is found in rainforests at moderate elevations from Burma and southern China south to Sumatra and Java. It is a large palm with a long, smooth trunk and a tall crown with many dark leaves that display a typical tumbling habit. It does best in the tropics. For cooler areas, however, Caryota maxima "Himalaya" would be a better choice.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
i mixed vermiculite and peat moss for sown.. i placed in my greenhoyse.. tempeture was 27-32 c.. it is realy fast growth palm.. thank u mr. tobias
Submitted on 24/04/2009 by nikos nikola

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soaked seeds in warm water for 3 days,then placed in plastic bag with perlit,sand and sphagnum moss.100% succes.10 of 10 seeds sproted within 3 months.Temperature were 25-30 C.Now,after 3 months later I have plant with two leaves.Very fast growing.
Submitted on 10/11/2006 by Gluchcev Todor td_rex@ abv.bg

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In Florida in USA they need much care and grow very slow.
Have four in the ground that I germinated. All four doing nothing for some time. They are clearly unhappy about something. Germinated easily and grew for the first 6-8 months to 10 inches. Now two years since germination no change, still 10 inches. Receive regular water and fertilizer bi-annually. Have experimented with water and fertilizer changes to no avail. Will continue to expert and see if anything works.All four did very poorly in three hurricanes even at their small size. (Growth problems well established a year before first hurricane) The one frond was shredded so larger specimans would likely do even worse. Keep away from the house.
Submitted on 22/03/2006 by Blake Crane blcran40@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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