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Hyophorbe indica (Eastern)

An exceedingly rare relative of the well-known Bottle and Spindle Palms from the Mascarene Islands, this species has a much more slender appearance and is very fast growing. This form comes from populations on the eastern side of Réunion Island, which have green petioles and are incredibly fast growing.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Bought fresh seeds from rarepalmseeds in september 2004, they arrived in perfect shape so no presoak was done. I sowed them the minute I got them into sphagnum, temperature was 90°F/32°C and the humidity was ranging from 75%-90%. 1st seed came up 15 days later and I have received 70% germination rate in 22 days. The seedlings are growing very fast and look healthy.
Submitted on 08/11/2004 by Jón Ágúst Erlingsson johnny13@torg.is

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The fastest growing palm I've ever germinated. 25% germination on arrival. Soaked seeds in water for 24hrs changing twice. Placed on moist perlite covered with spaghnum moss in plastic takeaway container at 25C-32C. After a month 75% germination. After 6 months they are on there 4th leaf which is an adult leaf in my hothouse with a base of about 1cm each. They take off like rockets.Very easy
Submitted on 13/10/2004 by Tyrone Cripps tynat98@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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