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Cyphosperma balansae

A palm from New Caledonia that is easily distinguished from others on the Island by its stiffly ascending leaves, its lack of a crownshaft and its long, arching infloresecences. Even though very rare in cultivation, it is not difficult to germinate and maintain.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Not difficult to germinate if you have fresh seeds. My freshly harvested seeds germinated in 1.5 months and appeared above the soil in 2 months. They were placed 3/4 inch deep in 75% perlite and 25% peat moss and kept outdoors in summer temps of 70-95. They seem to like high heat and humidity, soil that breathes well, and kept only slightly moist. Easy to prevent dampening off if you mix some fungicide with the water on every watering. 70-80% germination so far.
Submitted on 29/07/2005 by Justen Dobbs dobbsae@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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