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Wallichia siamensis

Thai Dwarf Fishtail Palm

A small, clustering Arenga that comes from montane rainforests in northern Thailand between 500 and 1200 m (1600 to 3900 ft.) elevation. The beautiful leaves carry few, large, conspicuously lobed leaflets that are a brilliant silvery white beneath. It adapts well to cultivation; however, it is still very rarely seen. It does best in warm temperate and tropical areas and can tolerate some cold and light freezes.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Majority have sprouted using plastic bag/sphagnum method after two months...
Submitted on 19/12/2005 by poppy p

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
about 16 days 9 of 11 seeds have sprouted. Plastic bag method; temperature average about 25 - 30º C.
Submitted on 26/03/2005 by J.C. Geraldo jcgeraldi@uol.com.br

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I ordered 10 seeds and recieved 13 thanks.I soaked the seeds 48hrs and kept the water temp at 90 f.I then placed them in zip lock freezer bag with 50/50 peat perlite and placed in a tub of water .It floated on 90 f water regulated by an aqaruim heater. Heating water is much more energy efficent than heating air. I saw the cotyledon poke through in 3 weeks. I waited 1 more week until the cotyledon was a 1/2 inch before I pulled it out and placed in a 6inch styrofoam cup. A deep cup is preferred because this is a remote germinator.
Submitted on 12/03/2005 by dwphoe dwphoe@sbcglobal.net

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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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