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YS RENDA Lipstick Palm (location Miami)
These are ***FRESH*** palm seeds, part of a bulk harvest 11-12 November in Thailand, posted 13 November in Chiang Mai Province, arriving in Miami Florida USA 22 November. They were USDA inspected upon arrival , with import permit, and physosanitary treatment certification. They are cleaned, plump, moist, and and ready to eat...ooops. Ready to germinate. Upon arrival, they were briefly soaked (5 min) for cleaning, no apparent floaters. I have approximately (by weight) 1200 seeds remaining after gifting some and starting the germination process for the quantity I need. It is very rare to obtain seeds of this quality and freshness. Picture 4 is a handful of the actual seeds. Pictures 1-3 are of the Thai farm from which these were harvested. These illustrated palms are 20-30 years old. Pricing $18/packet. You will receive one packet of 50 seeds (contact me with offer for larger quantities). Shipping is by first class tracked parcel. Add five dollars for priority mail. They will be shipped the first day after payment is received(Saturday payment shipped Monday at latest). Please ensure you have no weather forecast for cold front during the expected delivery dates. Payment by Ebay, or cash for Miami pick-up.
Areca catechu dwarf seedlings vs normal seedlings
I'd been seeking viable seeds from an Areca catechu dwarf mother so I might have even a remote chance of growing an authentic dwarf Areca myself. Believe me, there are a lot of cons out there that take advantage of palm lovers' desperation by selling phony dwarf palms, non-viable seeds or pulling a bait & switch. The worst offenders are over in Asia and you have to read descriptions carefully, study photos assiduously to estimate petiole lengths. Some sellers in the US take photos of palms in such a way to obscure longer petioles. Finally, dwarf Arecas mostly do not come true from seeds. That's a fact that no commercial seller will tell a buyer.
I figured I had the best chance of growing one of these scarce palms if an IPS member on PT listed fresh seeds here. Even then I knew there were no guarantees and that most of the dwarf Areca seeds I tried would be disappointingly normal. But I was willing to take a chance. This year my hopes were realized and I have two pots of germinating seeds. I've been told that no one can determine extent of dwarfism until a seedling reaches 3g size. But I've had 6 seedlings germinate in a 3g pot and I can tell right off that 2 may have some level of dwarfism while 4 appear to be be normal Areca catechus. In the interest of saving someone from being scammed, I took the following photos of my newly germinated Areca catechus so you can get an idea what to look for.
Photo 1 is of the 6 germinated seedlings. Focus on the 3g pot in the center; ignore other pots. Note there are 4 tall, skinny, light green seedlings in front. Those probably are normal A. catechus. Behind those are 2 squat, dark green 1-leaf seedlings. I believe those will have some level of dwarfism. How much? Too early to tell.
Photos 2- 4 focus on the two dark green seedlings. They are short and wide. Perhaps dwarfs in the making. Note how different they are from the other 4.
Photo 5 takes a look at two of the normal Arecas
Is this seed viable?( Seeds from Ebay)
By Cocos korea
Today I received my order from ebay!
5 Bismarckia seeds,
3 Dwarf Areca catechu
1 Cocos nucifera
The cocos was small but healthy:)
However the problem is (beside they came with their fruits and pests )
My Areca catechu 'dwarf' seeds don't look good. They look much smaller than I remember. The seeds were rattling when I shook the fruit.
The good point is that the seed goes directly to bottom like a rock when I put it in water.
How do you think about this seed?
Do they look viable?
Areca catechu dwarf seeds at RPS - for real?
I see RPS has listed Areca catechu Dwarf seeds for sale in its latest price list. Has anyone here tried them? Did they germinate? What %, i.e. how many, of those seedlings turned out to be true dwarf palms? The listing does not provide any clues and I don't want to spend a fortune for typical garden variety Areca catechus. I'm sure other people wonder the same thing. Thanks to all.
By Brad Mondel
I've finally ordered an indoor palm I've always wanted called Licuala grandis, does anyone have any tips on growing this one correctly? Potting media? Lighting? Humidity? I can put it in my sunny bathroom with high humidity if it will be happy in there. Not a ton of growing info I could find. Thank you