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Dypsis malcomberi

Malcomber's Palm

A very large and impressive palm from the south-eastern tip of Madagascar, the Malcomber's Palm is closely related to Mardy Darian's famous "Mealy Bug Palm," Dypsis mananjarensis. It unites several of those specific characteristics that could make it a great success as an ornamental palm. First, it occurrs far south and at considerable altitude and thus would be quite tolerant of cool conditions, making it suitable not only for tropical but also subtropical and warm temperate areas. Second, it is a beautiful, stately and fast-growing plant with a smooth, solitary trunk; large, plumose leaves; and a long, waxy green crownshaft, and would lend itself well to planting in avenues, parks, and large gardens. And finally, it reproduces readily from seed.

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...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I use a mixture of 40% perlite medium grade, 25% pumice, 25% canadian peat moss, and 10% charcoal Laid down about four inches thick in a plastic tray with the bottom liberally punctured with drain holes. A layer of sphagnum moss and pumice allow fast water exit. A heating mat set at 85 degrees with fluorescent lights hanging about one foot above complete the set-up. Germination is quite rapid, the radicle emerging within ten to twenty days of sowing, encouraged by gentle daily sprinklings of water only in the morning.small seed, big palm!
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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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