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Chamaerops humilis (Vulcano)

Vulcano fan Palm

This very pretty miniature form of the popular Mediterranean fan Palm is native to the tiny Island Vulcano, one of the Liparian Islands in the Mediterranean Sea north of Sicily. Quite distinct from "regular" Chamaerops, it grows into a compact bonsai plant with short, blunt-tipped, grass green leaves and few thorns on the leafstalk. It has become increasingly popular among collectors in Europe in recent years and although it has enormous potential as an ornamental plant, it is still rarely offered. In cultivation it is just as tough and resistant as any Chamaerops, and one of the best palms for temperate climates.

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...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
10/10 I received some very fresh seeds, the flesh was still firm and orange. Cleaned, soaked and placed on damp peat @ 20 degrees C. First germinated after 2 weeks, all after 6 weeks.
Submitted on 06/05/2002 by john hawkins john.hawkins@blechnum.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I germinate C. Humilis almost as easily as T. fortunei. A prerequisite is that you have to clean the seeds very well and remove everything from the endocarpe. Then use the zip-bag method (with 75% cocos-peat and 25% coarse sand) and put the bag in a dark room. Very important is that the best germination results are at ambient temperature and not too warm/hot. I germinate them within 1 month(almost 100%) at +/- 20 degrees Celsius and even lower. Above 25 degrees Celsius they will germinate very bad. This story is also true for Trachycarpus Fortunei en T. takil!!
Submitted by Herb Rikers (Netherlands) herb.rikers@wxs.nl

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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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