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Dypsis lanceolata

Ivovowo Palm

A very rare and little known Dypsis native to the Comoro Islands which is somewhat similar to Dypsis cabadae but said to be simply 'even more beautiful'. John Dransfield and Henk Beentje in "The Palms of Madagascar" say "This would be a wonderful ornamental. The name refers to the leaflets which are unusually broad for a the genus Dypsis". suckering and growing to only about 6m (20ft) high, it would be suitable even for the small, warm temperate or tropical garden and would undoubtedly also make a great interior plant. Vulnerable in the wild, it may only survive in cultivation.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Easy to germinate and grows like grass using the 'baggie' method. Used just moist coco fibre and stored outside on my veranda where temperatures vary between 32 and 40c during the day. Had 100% success with this palm seed.
Submitted on 20/06/2010 by Nick C - Vietnam

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Dypsis Lanceolata is a doddle and even easier than bringing a Dypsis Albofarinosa into the world or a Dypsis Pembana. Within the first month 7 had already germinated before another 2 out of a total 10 were already on their way within the second month. Five began to sprout in the second month. Clearly, this is only possible with fresh seeds and unlike other seeds within the Dypsis family, it requires less heat to get going. It is no Corypha, Bismarckia or Latania and should be more treated like a Trachycarpus with germination made possible within a 23C-27C range. The seed can tolerate short bursts of heat at 30C too though but throughout the day and constantly. Also, it likes water so moist conditions are good and a little shading though not much is a must if grown outdoors. The seeds also comfortably tolerate damp on cooler days of sub 15C with ease. Another positive - this is a big plus in favour of this seed, you do not need to presoak for 3 days. It goes against house rules and recommendations but pre-soaking is unnecessary. So long as it enjoys warmth for at least 8 hours a day within the above mentioned temperature range, Lanceolata is on its way. It is incredible to belive that a seed that is this easy to germinate is not in mass cultivation globally. I plan to buy more next year and binge on this one for my collection.
Submitted on 26/07/2007 by Anthony adovkants@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Received 10 very fresh seeds in september 2004, and immediately sowed them in sphagnum, temperature was steady 90°F/30°C. Medium was kept moist all the time. 1st seed germinated after only 9 days, and all the seeds had germinated after 20 days.
Submitted on 15/10/2004 by Jón Ágúst Erlingsson johnny13@torg.is

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked seeds for 24hrs changing water twice. Some seeds had already germinated on arrival. Put into plastic take away containers on moist perlite and covered with spaghnum moss at about 25-30C. After one month about 75% germination approx.Very easy, they just want to grow.
Submitted on 13/10/2004 by Tyrone Cripps tynat98@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I presoked 10 seeds for 24 hours and 9 germinated in the water, however not all survived the transplanting to a peat based medium. The survivers were the ones place on top of the peat meduim not the one covered in peat.
Submitted on 07/08/2004 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Dypsis lanceolata germinated in 2-3 months during the summer without bottom heat. Seeds were planted in compost and placed in opened greenhouse in San Diego Co., CA with nights in the low 60's and days in the 90's F. Germination rate was 30-40%.
Submitted on 13/06/2003 by William Skimina bitaski@aol.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
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