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Chambeyronia macrocarpa (Watermelon)

Variegated Red Leaf Palm

A striking form of Chambeyronia macrocarpa that has a dark green crownshaft and trunk intensively streaked with bright yellow to a most amazing and beautiful effect that is somewhat reminiscent of the skin of a watermelon. This form originates in a remote mountain valley in central New Caledonia. Without exception, all plants here show the same variegation, and their offspring can be expected to look exactly the same. Otherwise, it grows just like the regular Chambeyronia and produces the same beautiful red new leaf.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
These were VERY easy to germinate. I placed 25 seeds about 1. 5 inches deep in my media (fast draining soil), 5 seeds to a 6 inch pot. Placed the pot in my incubator that was set to 90F and 60% humidity. After a month I and 25 out of 25 seeds growing roots and by 2 months most of them had their first leaf emerging from the soil.
Submitted on 06/04/2011 by Jerod Proulx

... are average to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
This beautiful palm also known as a flame thrower palm can be germinated using the ziplock baggie method with a good medium. I have used peat and vermiculite 50/50 and applied bottom heat with a reptile heating pad i bought from the local pet store. Keep medium moist but not soaking wet. I have a friend that uses a incubator that was used to raise bird eggs and he can control humidity and temp and has a 90% plus success rate.
Submitted on 05/01/2011 by Patrick Swisshelm

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Sorry, as I am experienced in starting palms by the hit and miss method, this may be one of the least useful "comments" here. As I live in Bali I simply soak and pot seeds and hope for the best. I won't discourage you by telling you that the success rate is high without the baggies, multiple seed washings/water changes, et al... but... this is the tropics and the "right" palms seem to know they are "home". These seeds are on the larger side easy to handle and best of all, after simply sitting in a dark cloest in their plastic bag for about a month, started sending roots out, some including the large tap root. Normally I do not wait this long before I do soak and plant, but this happy accident may well lead to 100% germination. At least I can say, hopefully, that these are in fact easy to germinate and that, correspondingly, the quality of the seeds received was quite high. The seeds were left, as received, no additional moisture. In fact, they were stored in our dry (de-humidified) closet, which has a constant temp of about 25/28 C, in the unopened plastic bags they were sent in. This worked with at least one other species received.
Submitted on 31/10/2009 by Gregory Barattini

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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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