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Dypsis scottiana

Raosy Palm

A rare, small, clustering species with thin, cane-like stems and small, glossy green, pinnate leaves with grouped segments in an open crown. This palm grows in coastal forest or scrub on white sand on the very southeastern tip of Madagascar, a habitat similar to that of the well-known Golden cane Palm, Dypsis lutescens, and will likely succeed under the same conditions. A position in light shade in a warm temperate to tropical climate with only an occasional light frost should suit it best.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I tried two batches approximately a year apart. Each batch was sown in Canadian sphagnum peat in a baggie and kept slightly moist under warm temperatures 80s F/30 C. Out of a grand total of about 50 seeds, I could only get about 3 to germinate, and two of those died. The one seedling I have is tiny and slow growing, but it has been steady. Initial leaf is bifid, and the plant only seems to grow a new leaf every 4 months or so. So far, after almost two and a half years, each new leaf is still not very much larger than the previous. The plant is currently growing in a well drained mix of potting soil and perlite kept in a 4 inch pot. Occassional temperatures near freezing have not seemed to bother it, nor have some of our prolonged cool snaps (above freezing).
Submitted on 22/02/2005 by Jason Skelly skellsbells@aol.com

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In Chelmsford in England they grow very slow.
Growing for a year now, easy to germinate. In a greenhouse with constant 27C and 80% humidity. Only grown about 1 cm in the year still have seed leaf
Submitted on 21/11/2005 by Tony Hutson aj_hutson@yahoo.co.uk

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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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