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Pritchardia minor

Scattered in moderately dry or swampy forest to about 1000 m (3300 ft.) a.s.l. on Kauai, this Pritchardia is small to moderate, reaching a maximum height of 8-12 m (25-40 ft.). It has a slender trunk; fairly large leaves with dense, silvery white or golden tomentum on the undersides; and small fruits.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Like most palms of the Corypheae tribe, these germinate quickly and easily if simply not allowed to dry out. We soak seeds of P. minor for two days, clean them, and then plant into a light, quick draining potting mix with plenty of humus, kept btwn 65-75F with bottom heat, kept moist. Sealed plastic bag with humus or sphagnum moss works well also. Most seeds will germinate within a month, with continuous sporadic germination up to six months. Grows a deep radicle and needs initial rooting depth of at least 3-6 inches. WARNING: a favorite snack of rats! a good outdoor cat is recommended as a pet.
Submitted on 28/10/2007 by Charlie Curran charlie@thegardenmessenger.com

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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In San Francisco, California in USA they need average care and grow fast.
This palm is a magnificent rarity for a cool, mild climate. In San Francisco, where temperatures rarely drop below freezing and stay steadily below 80Fahrenheit, P. minor is thriving in a garden with dappled sun, moderate wind, and ample, regular irrigation on well-drained, sandy soil that gets regular compost applications. The plant appears healthier than many more commonly grown species in San Francisco, and grows surprisingly quickly. It will suffer foliar damage below 32F, but appears to be resilient. Plant as a nice one-gallon established seedling, protect from slugs, snails, thrips, water and feed regularly, and watch it grow! What a delight. The only worry is that it appears to root itself weakly, and until it forms a trunk (which it has not yet), appears vulnerable to blowdown in a severe wind.
Submitted on 05/12/2005 by Jason Dewees jjuania@yahoo.com

... are of excellent ornamental value
In San Francisco in USA they need average care and grow fast.
In San Francisco's very moderate climate with cool, dry but humid summers (52F-75F) and mild moist winters (38F-60F, 500 millimeter annual rainfall), this gorgeous palm grows quickly in irrigated and amended sandy soil under a high canopy offering dappled sun. The site can be quite windy, especially in summer. Semi-annual top-dressing of manure-enriched compost boosts soil fertility. It suffers from no significant pests in a garden whose Camellias and Lapagerias constantly fight thrips. Another specimen in a cooler microclimate 1 mile from the ocean has regrown in stunted form from a freeze and a later uprooting by a dog. The only drawback besides water needs in our mesic climate is wobbliness at the base. (The 8-yr-old plant is still in rosette phase.) Along with Ceroxylon parvifrons and Rhopalostylis baueri, this palm is among the most beautiful species we can cultivate in San Francisco.
Submitted on 10/04/2006 by Jason Dewees jason@palmsundae.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.

 
       
 
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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.
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