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Pritchardia schattaueri

The largest Pritchardia, this species forms a stocky thrunk that can reach 40 m (130 ft.) tall. The large, glossy green fan leaves can reach 1.8 m (6 ft.) in diameter and have drooping tips. The fruits are the size of small abricots. The handful of plants now remaining in the wild are critically endangered due to habitat alteration and the activities of feral animals, and P. schattaueri already has to rely considerably on the ex-situ conservation through cultivated plants for the survival of the species.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I soaked these seeds in tapwater for 24 hours then sowed them in vermiculite deep enough so their "heads" were still visible. I kept the vermiculite moist (they would sometimes be left to go on the dry side (not intentionally). The seeds germinated in about two months. The husky layer (if still on the seed) should be removed before soaking. I do this by placing the seed on a concrete surface and tapping it with a brick (or similar object) until I hear a light crack. Then the seeds are removed by hand - the husks are cracked more if needed. The area where the seeds germinated got some sun during the morning and afternoon hours. I have heard that these seeds benefit from warmth (we've placed seeds on refrigerators before) but from my experience they will germinate in the dark at room temperature. This is my general method for germinating Pritchardia. I have also germinated Pritchardias by placing seeds in aluminum containers with moist sphagnum moss. These seeds were given to me from a botanical garden on the Big Island of Hawaii in August 2004. I started with about 10 seeds. 7 of them germinated 3 healthy plants remain today (no trunk. largest leaves about 12") but I'm sure I would've had more if only had I payed more attention to them. Since I work in environmental conservation here, it is easier for me to obtain seeds from local rarities like this.
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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

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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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