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Pandanus furcatus

Himalaya Screw Pine

A nicely shaped, moderate to large sized Pandanus from the hills of Northeastern India. This species usually produces a fairly tall, solitary trunk with a crown of large, robust, green leaves. It only branches sparingly and therefore keeps its neat, palmlike apearance. The trunk is supported by numerous large stilt roots. This species ascends high up into the foothills of the Himalayas, to an amazing 1500m (5000ft), making it probably the worlds most cold hardy Screw Pine, able to withstand cool winters and the occasional frost. We think this is a very exciting plant.

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... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
First time I've ever tried germinating any Pandanus spp. Seed arrived fresh, soaked for two days (with water changes). Seeds floated at first, but sank within 1-2 hours; then planted on surface of moist germination mix (peat/vermiculite/perlite) in clear plastic bag with bottom heat (80 F) and light. First germination noted at 18 days, 50% germination by 20 days. Final germination 82% - seedlings robust, vigorous. All transplanted to pots at 35 days. Seedling growth slow but robust under lights with light fertilizer.
Submitted on 20/12/2009 by E. Ulaszek

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Relatively easy to germinate within 3 months using plastic-covered, 1-gal. container of commercial potting soil, on top of plant heating pad. 4 out of 10 seeds germinated. All have grown quickly outdoors in semi-shade in Central Valley area of California. Each of them is now over 1.5 feet in height with stilt roots visible, being grown in 3-gal containers. Kept under cover outdoors in winter. Young specimens of this Pandanus species can be seen growing at the S.F. Conservatory of Flowers.
Submitted on 13/05/2005 by one of our visitors

...difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Seed was placed in sterile peat/sand mixture and given bottom heat 80F. 0% germination after 12 months.
Submitted on 17/07/2003 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Germinated in two months,I used poly foam box with air vents in each corner(drink-straw used).Seeds were soaked for 12 hours,then placed into mixture of 90% peat & peatmoss with 10% fine sand,seeds mixed evenly through peat mixture & lid placed on box to maintain very damp conditions. 100% germination in two months at 25-35 Deg Centigrade.Seedlings potted into stove house with 70% shade,watered with overhead watering system four times each day,humidity average 90%.
Submitted on 21/02/2003 by James Studd studd@ledanet.com.au

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soak for 2 days in warm water,started in deep liners filled with sand peat 50/50 mix in greengouse. Germinated 50% in two months next 25% in another month. Plants in 5 gallon after 1.5 years 3' tall in greenhouse one outside in filtered light growing slower 1.5' tall, withstood 28 degrees outside no damage so far in Northern California.
Submitted on 19/11/2002 by Tony Grech ras1@ispwest.com

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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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