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Trachycarpus geminisectus

Eight Peaks Fan Palm

The latest discovery in the Trachycarpus family, this species was described as recently as 2003 from where mountainous northernmost Vietnam borders on China. It forms a rather short trunk clothed in very coarse, short, persistent leaf sheath fibers. Its few large, flat leaves have about 40 segments, joined for their entire length in groups of 2 or rarely 3, which gives the leaf a unique appearance. The leaves are very thick and leathery and display a deep, glossy dark green above and a stunning waxy white below. Though far less elegant than T. princeps, with which it shares the white underside of the leaves, it will undoubtedly make an interesting, robust and very cold hardy ornamental. It seems to be most closely related to T. nanus.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds soaked for 24 hours, cleaned and placed in ziplock bag at room temperature in just moist compost. The first germination started within 3 weeks.
Submitted on 11/06/2011 by Ben

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I started with 100 seeds which I soaked in warm, ordinary tap water for a few days, changing the water often. I put them in a plastic bag of barely moist peat and put them on a window sill. The window sill was on the second floor so perhaps slightly warmer than room temperature during the day (73*F) and cooler at night (68*F?). After two months exactly I have 50% germination.
Submitted on 31/08/2009 by Rob Garren

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
So far these have been very easy for me. I soaked them for a few days in warm tap water, changing the water several times a day. I placed them in a plastic zipper bag in slightly moist peat (I soak the peat and then wring as much out by hand as possible). I then put the plastic bag on my window sill. At three weeks at room temperature (72*F) none had germinated. We went on vacation for six days and turned the thermostat to about 76*F and when I got home 30 had germinated out of 100 seeds. So, at 30 days I had 30% germination and I'm sure many more will quickly follow.
Submitted on 31/07/2009 by Rob Garren

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I rubed seeds together in the palms of my hand to remove any left fruit residue . I soaked seeds for 4 days changing water twice a day. My first and second to last soak consist of Dacnil ( A fugicide ) at 1. 5 tsp per gl. solution. My medium is damp ( exess water sqeezed out in a storage baggy) coco fiber . I sow seeds in 3 inch 2 cup starage containers. Most seed will germinated in 2 to 3 weeks. First leaf spouts in 1 to 3 weeks.
Submitted on 17/05/2009 by Michael luera

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I used the Zip-lock method, the soil was maybe to wet but fortunetely T. geminisectus seeds didn't rot. I treated them with 1% chloride solution I prepared before propagation. The soil was mixture of sphagnum moss, peat and grounded pumice (bought in local florist store). I stored the seed at 18-21 C°. First seeds germinate after 1 month only. Very robust. Highly recommended.
Submitted on 01/02/2009 by Jóhann Grétar from Iceland

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seeds were cleaned and soaked in water for 2 days at room temperature. Placed in zip lock bag with Neem-Coir at room temperature for 4 weeks.Then I moved them to a warmer place (+/- 28¡C during the day and 19¡C at night)First germination after 3 months.
Submitted on 05/03/2006 by E. Santens erwin.santens@telenet.be

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Plants from this species ...

... are of average ornamental value
In Enschede in Netherlands they need little care and grow normal.
Easy to germinate, within 3 months.Growth compareble with T.fortunei.Something new for in the (small) Garden, but needs protection sooner than the T.fortunei.
Submitted on 09/12/2006 by Dennis Oosterhof info@cemunnos.nl

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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
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