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Mangifera kemanga

A large tree, native to rainforests in Southeast Asia and found especially on inundated soils and in marshes. The fruits are yellowish brown when ripe, the soft, juicy pulp is sweet-sour and whitish in color and can be eaten fresh, made into juice or preserved with salt for the use outside of season. In cultivation it does well under the same conditions as regular mangos and is a much appreciated family orchard fruit but is rarely commercially available.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
We are germinating seed here in bali at app. temperature of 30 degrees celsius,seed sprouts in 1-2 weeks,taproot is long and a bit brittle when it first appears, also seed is large, app 6-8 cm, depending on fruit size, best to grow in a large pot so as not to disturb it,use a good draining potting mix with some small stones or perlite, keep moist. only problems are overwatering and scale insects when shoot appears(sometimes),easily corrected with a pyrethum/neem spray.
Submitted on 10/02/2010 by david nf smith

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

... are of average ornamental value
In Karangasem in bali they need average care and grow fast.
once the seed has germinated and shoot emerged, keep moist and feed a good fruit/mango fertiliser monthly if slow release,keep the plant in a lage pot until app. 1m high, plant out in full sun with some early protection,train the same as mango, with some pruning. needs maybe 20% more water than mango,soil requirements not too demanding as long as not waterlogged... grows in Bali in wet/dry tropics to app 100m elevation. full sun good, coastal exposure ok, if not subjected to salt spray. Graft incompatible with m. indica, but rootstock can be grown from seed and superior varieies grafted on before planting out.
Submitted on 10/02/2010 by david nf smith

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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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