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Dypsis carlsmithii

Stumpy Palm

This species has only recently been scientifically described in a joint effort by John Dransfield and Jeff Marcus. It is a gorgeous and stately large palm with a robust, smooth, solitary trunk and elegantly arching, large, plumose leaves. It will make a great specimen for the larger garden or park and should lend itself very well to avenue planting in the tropics or in warm subtropical regions.

 
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germination comments by our visitors
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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
The seeds are easy to germinate and with only three months had 100% of birth.They are growing fast here in Brazil, my region is "Subtropical Hot."
Submitted on 08/10/2012 by Fabio de Oliveira Barbosa

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
My seeds were delayed in transit for 4 months before arriving but after 2 days of pre soaking I sowed them onto a heat tray outside under a tin roof at a temperature of 26 degrees celcius. The minimum temperature the soil has reached is about 14 degrees celcius and they are germinating after 2 months. Watering about 3 times a week. I believe the bottom heat is essential for these seeds.
Submitted on 02/06/2012 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy to germinate, steady growing palm. Planted ten my first time and they started growing immediately. Planted another 100 and over 80 are growing. Very Good success with this palm.
Submitted on 04/03/2004 by Vincie Bowen alaye_98@yahoo.com

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plant cultivation comments by our visitors
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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In South Florida in USA they need much care and grow normal.
My D. carlsmithii was planted at the nursery in Sept. of 1999. It was 2' tall at the time and came out of a 3gal. pot. I planted it next to a Heliconia for shade, that I thought would help being a small palm and not knowing anything about it. It started to flower in May 2005. at only 5' tall. (the actual height of the flower spike on tree). The overall height of the tree last year was 13' tall. I might add, that I did get viable seed from this first flower and now have small seedlings to show! It was a great joy, to see this growing in habitat on the Masoala Peninsula in Madagascar on two trips that I made. April 2005 and April 2006.It is now in full sun, looks great and can take low 30's F in the winter with no damage ever.It's in a acid soil with average watering.
Submitted on 15/08/2006 by Jeff Searle Palms@Rainforestcollection.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.

 
       
 
We recommend:
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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