Hyophorbe Verschaffeltii (Spindle Palm, Mascarena Verschaffeltii)

Hyophorbe Verschaffeltii Seeds (Spindle Palm Seeds, Mascarena Verschaffeltii Seeds)

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A unique, different and popular palm that should be part of any collection.

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Hyophorbe verschaffeltii, the Spindle Palm, is native to the Mascarene Island of Rodriguez. This Palm does well in tropical areas as well as sub-tropical areas and grows to 14-16 feet tall. A unique, different and popular palm that should be part of any collection. Easily grown in containers and make an excellent specimen to show off. Wonderfully unique Palms that look like similar to their cousin the Bottle Palm but trunk is not as swollen. The base is colored cement gray and is swollen and narrows towards the crown. It grows in the shape of a spindle, hence the name. The crown consists of 6-10 pinnate leaves which arch outward forming a 'V' shape. The leaves are 9-10 feet long and have 100 to 150 leaflets that are bright green above and gray below. The fragrant flowers emerge ivory to orange in color. Flower stalk coming from just below the crownshaft, 2.5 feet long. There are separate male and female flowers on the same inflorescence. The fruits are 3/4 inch long and orange to red in color. Hardiness zones 10-11, (1°C/35°F, 4°C/40°F) in Winter. Give it full sun and a good draining soil. Not fussy about soil. Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings. Slow growing but fairly easy, providing you don't get too cold. Spindle palm can tolerate cool temperatures in subtropical areas for short periods.
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Common name Spindle Palm
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Species Hyophorbe verschaffeltii
Cultivar No
Therapeutic uses No
Germination First, you can scarify the seeds, the soak the seeds for 48 hours in hot water. Sow at 1 inch deep in a sand/loam mixture. You can use the bottom heat technic. Keep warm and in bright light. Seeds germinate in 2-6 months, it can be more, don't give up.
Scarification / Stratification Seed coats may be so hard that they are impermeable to water. They need to be scratched or broken using a knife or sandpaper, in order to germinate. Chip the seeds with a sharp knife or make a few swipes with a sharp edged file or use sandpaper to allow moisture being more readily absorbed.

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