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Licuala peltata var. sumawongii

This is the magnificent and much desired, entire-leaved variety of Licuala peltata, sometimes erroneously also called Licuala elegans. It is a moderately sized palm with usually only a short trunk, and its crown holds as many as 15 huge, flat, undivided fan leaves up to 2 m (7 ft.) in diameter! "It won't grow where I live, it's too tropical" you might say, but you might be wrong. This species is much more tolerant of cool conditions than nearly any other Licuala and it will thrive in subtropical and tropical conditions and possibly even in protected spots in some frost-free, warm temperate climes, of course always out of the wind. We now have seeds of this stunning plant available at a very affordable LOW PRICE!

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
This palm is easy to germinate but only after I came up with a very simple way of heating the seeds - before that I was getting nowhere. I use the No Break system for my computer at work. The No Break is like a mini generator, it basically ensures the computer works if electricity goes down (I am based in Sao Paulo, Brazil). The no break provides heat above 30-40 degrees centigrade - seeds need to be heated above 30C, they like to be moist at all times, so I took a risk - seeing as I was getting nowhere - and I put all of my seeds into a plastic bag, filled it with enough water to surround the seeds (and not more). I folded up the bag and using sellotape, I stuck the bag to my No Break on my computer. I changed the water daily and after 3 weeks the first seed germinated. A week later another germinated and a week later another germinated. I now have 3 germinated seeds. The seeds in the water are still in excellent shape, hard and constantly moist. The system is working a treat and would recommend it for anyone that wants to heat up a seed that requires constant moisture like a Licuala seed. I am going to try this on my Pseudophoenix Vinifera and Ekmanii next!
Submitted on 21/07/2006 by Anthony Dovkants (Brazil palm collector) adovkants@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
After a submitted the original Rare-palm-seeds bags to some natural light, the seeds started to germinate in about 2 to 3 weeks... I just had to remove them from the bags into a tray and in another 2 weeks the firsts leaves were sprouting. My area is Northeast Brazil with a lovely constant temperature of 27 to 32 deg,C all the time.
Submitted on 15/06/2005 by Cleantho Leite Filho cleanth@attglobal.net

...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I soak the seeds in warm water one day.I plant to mix of sand,peat and moss.(1:1:1).They needs a bottom heat for a good germinating.Germinating very poor,just 2 seeds germinating success.
Submitted on 24/02/2005 by Varga Béla cucurbia@yahoo.com

...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
good
Submitted on 21/02/2005 by kucko macko rph044@freemail.hu

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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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