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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 44

Palm Seed Germination

Fred D. Rauch

pp: 304-307


The production of indoor tropical foliage plants in Hawaii has increased significantly over the past 20 years. This growth peaked in 1990 at a wholesale value of $14.6 million with about 30% of this production in palms.

Palms are generally slow-growing, but the growing conditions found in Hawaii give our growers an advantage. Palms are generally propagated from seeds, but growers have reported that many palm species are slow to germinate or are irregular in their germination pattern. I would like to summarize some of our observations and research findings relative to palm seed germination.

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