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Corypha umbraculifera

Talipot Palm

This monstrous tree demands a prominent position in the tropical garden; one of its huge leaves can shelter more than10 men from the rain. It slow growing and long lived, and dies after fruiting, at maybe 50 years+ of age. It produces a huge umbrella shaped inflorescence, surely one of the wonders of the plant world, and thousands of rarely produced, golfball sized fruit which rain down for several weeks when ripe. Awesome!

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Germination was quick and easy. 9 out of 10 in exactly a month. I've managed to keep 8 out 10 alive after almost 2 years of keeping them outside all year ( +5 Celsius being the lowest night temperature. ).
Submitted on 04/09/2011 by Jurg Meier, Malta

...very difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Only one out of ten germinated and its a real slow grower. Be patient for this one.
Submitted on 11/11/2004 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I had 10 seeds that I put in moist sphagnum moss in zip-lock bags. After 3-4 weeks the first seeds sent down enormous radicals (30cm and longer and as thick as a pinky). Now, 2 month after the radicals appeared sprouts are visible. This palm needs very large containers (very tall, to be precise) to accomodate its large roots, even at this stage they are impressive plants!! They appear to like heat (30-35°C) and lots of water now that they are in pots. I had 100% germination rate even without pre-treating the seeds.
Submitted on 21/10/2004 by Konrad kschuettig@yahoo.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
10 seeds have been placed in bags with moist sphagnum moss at about 30-35°C without prior treatment. Within 6 weeks the first radicals were emerging and have been placed in tall, narrow pots (30cm high) and within another 3 weeks some roots appeared at the bottom of the container (they are very large, about the size of a pinkie) but so far there are no sprouts visible. (All 10 seeds are germinated by now) The containers are outside with daytime temps. of 25-30°C in full sun since C. umbraculifera seems to love heat. I'll post a second part as soon as the first sprouts appear.
Submitted on 29/09/2004 by Konrad kschuettig@yahoo.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Around 1000 seeds of Corypha umbraculifera were received just before Christmas together with many other seeds from different countries. The Corypha seeds were put in a big bucked and soaked for three days changing the water daily. There were too many seeds to handle all at once so just 100 seeds were sown after three days in small black plastic bags, and a further hundred each day later but changing the water daily. This means that one hundred seeds were soaked for three days, 100 for four days up to 100 for 10 days. After around three weeks some bags were seen to be leaning or falling over. On inspection, a long sinker was discovered. These needed a spade to dig them out. The bottoms of the small bags were cut off and they were placed in the tops of long two litre bags for the root to develop. Interestingly the seeds soaked for 10 days gave almost 100 percent germination and progreessively less for the shorter soakings. I now have over eight hundred planted in the long bags the leaves are slowly developing, over 95 percent which produced sinkers have leaves after five months.
Submitted on 25/05/2004 by David Clulow davidclulowven@yahoo.co.uk

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I ordered 10 seeds from Rare Palm Seeds on 19Feb04; received seeds in Atlanta, Ga, USA on 15Mar04; soaked seeds in water for 2 days starting 20Mar. Put all 10 seeds in a 1 quart zip lock bag in peat moss (moistened, but no water could be squeezed out) and kept in dark at a constant 30 degrees C. I didn't check seeds between 16Apr and 25Apr but when checking on 25 April, I thought I had a giant Iraqi spider inside. All seeds had radicles ranging from 40mm to 140mm. Seeds must have been very fresh. Seeds have been planted in 2 liter plastic drink bottles with top cut off and holes in lowest portion of bottle as someone on this site had suggested for a different palm with long radicles. I hope to have my first leaf within a month. This has been my most successful germination so far of about 20 completed or in progress.
Submitted on 26/04/2004 by John DeVeaux jd@s2ki.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soaked the seeds in tap water for several days. (I recommend a week changing the water daily). Sowed in a freezer bag filled with peat moss wetted with a Captan fungicide solution and placed them in a shaded outside summer environment with daily temperature fluctuations from 72 F to 95 F (22 C to 35 C). I had 95% germination within 2 months.
Submitted on 26/05/104 by Don Truman truman@icsi.net

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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

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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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