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Livistona decora

Ribbon fan Palm

A graceful, very fast-growing, tall palm from eastern Australia with finely divided, weeping fan leaves. It is easy to germinate, fast and easy to grow, and very adaptable and hardy in every respect--really a nearly foolproof palm. It has already been succesfully tried as a landscape and even as an indoor plant on a commercial basis.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The Livistona decora germinated in 10 days in a moist coco peat in sealed plastic bag, kept at about 92 degrees. The seeds were soaked for 5 days prior in warm water, changing it every day. Sunk in fungicide for 5 minutes and let dry out for 10 minutes prior to putting in coco peat.
Submitted on 26/08/2013 by Aleksandar Vjestica

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Ordered 10 seeds and soaked for 4 days in water, changing daily. Placed in a baggie of damp peat and had first germination in 14 days. Total of 8 germinated. Now in large pots to develope the roots, will plant in the spring. This was in September in Phoenix, with day temps of about 105 and night of about 95. In November the leaves are about 10 inches tall. Will see if this species will do well here in Arizona.
Submitted on 10/11/2006 by Victor Butschek victorbemail@yahoo.com

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soaked the seeds for 24 hours - then placed them in plastic margarine tub ( holes in top) and bed of damp rockwool in bottom. 100% grew in 2 months. They grow a long root and given time a shoot comes off it half way down. At this point I removed them from tub and planted in pots.One of the more successful palms I have grown.
Submitted on 21/11/2005 by Richard Garland richg2000@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I presoaked the seeds for 4 days. then placed them in 25-peat hummis/25-top soil/50- potting mix(consiting of various mosses). they were placed in a shde house, and 2-1/2 months later 95% germanation. still waiting on 2 more seeds to sprout. I live in FL so the temp was 90F+ days and 80-85F at night.
Submitted on 21/10/2005 by justin cherepy dvisual003@bellsouth.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Moist perlite in baggy placed on house boiler. I found they popped up like crazy, with 80% germination and the subsequent growth a year on has been 5-6 leaves.
Submitted on 28/08/2003 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soaked 1/4" seed for 1 day, 1st seedling up in 7 weeks. Germination rate high, 80% or so. Young seedlings are unremarkable. Planted in mix of sand and cheap potting soil.
Submitted on 01/03/2003 by Steve Flynn sflynn22@mac.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The Livistona decora sprouted in 13 days in a moist peat moss and perlite mix in sealed plastic containers kept at about 90 degrees. The seeds were soaked for 4 days prior to planting.
Submitted on 08/02/2002 by James Chambers chambejf@songs.sce.com

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plant cultivation comments by our visitors
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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In Key West, Florida (zone 11) in USA they need average care and grow normal.
A large palm that likes sun and ample moisture during growth spurts when young. Growing in-ground in Key West, Florida. Seed sprouted in an outdoor community pot and transplanted into permanent location at 18 months. Gets some coastal exposure (300 yds from shore). Feed every two months with granulated palm fertilizer March through September. Once established (3-4 years from seed) needs very little care beyond feeding. Ribbon-like weeping frond tips develop after trunk forms and crown gets off the ground. 16 year old, 20 ft. high, 8 ft wide speciman in open location has survived all Key West hurricanes in ground from 1994 to present (May 2008).
Submitted on 14/05/2008 by one of our visitors

... are of average ornamental value
In north in Fiji islands they need very little care and grow normal.
Easy to handle at all ages and never a loss with transplanting. Handles dry coastal conditions and hot areas. Grows slower in wet soils that do not drain well but survives in all locations with good sunlight.
Submitted on 10/02/2007 by Jim Valentine snlsavusavu@connect.com.fj

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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
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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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