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Livistona nitida

Carnavon Palm

This beautiful and stately palm is probably Australia's most attractive Livistona. It has moderately costapalmate, glossy, bright green fan leaves in a spherical, moderately dense crown. The leaf segments are lax and deeply divided and give the leaves a slightly weeping appearance. The ringed trunks can reach up to 25 or 30m (80 to 100ft) in height. L. nitida grows in the mountains of southern Queensland to an altitude of about 1000m, and, in cultivation, is fast growing, tolerant of drought and quite heavy frost, and easy to maintain. We think the Carnavon palm is an improved version of the popular L. decipiens and we are delighted to be able to sell this rarely offered seed at a very attractive price.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Ordered 10 seeds here at rps and got 17, thanks!Soaked the seeds in nitrozyme for 1 day and put them in a ziplock bag with neemcoir. The bag was placed on a warm place on an aquarium. Germination occured within 2 weeks, except for one. Still waiting on that one...
Submitted on 22/03/2009 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soaked for two days then placed in bag with moist sphagnum moss on heat mat at 27C first sprout appeared in one week and 98% after 3 months.
Submitted on 13/09/2007 by one of our visitors

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Planted 11 seeds in a one gallon nursery pot placed in an unheated greenhouse. Set the seeds on potting mix then covered with seed starter mix. The temps have been getting up to 100 degrees F. Six seeds shot up within a month. Three more a few weeks later. Expecting 100%.
Submitted on 31/07/2006 by William Read weread@mac.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.

 
       
 
We recommend:
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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