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Palmyra palm (Borassus flabellifer) Palmyra palm (Borassus flabellifer) Palmyra palm (Borassus flabellifer) Palmyra palm (Borassus flabellifer) Palmyra palm (Borassus flabellifer)
Palmyra palm (Borassus flabellifer) Palmyra palm (Borassus flabellifer) Palmyra palm (Borassus flabellifer) Palmyra palm (Borassus flabellifer) Palmyra palm (Borassus flabellifer)
Palmyra palm (Borassus flabellifer)
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The fruits of this Asian palm species can weigh up to 2.5 KG and each fruit contains 1 to 3 large, heavy seeds.

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Family: Arecaceae
Scientific name: Borassus flabellifer
Common name: Palmyra palm
Origin: Southeast Asia

The fruits of this Asian palm species can weigh up to 2.5 KG and each fruit contains 1 to 3 large, heavy seeds. The pulp is orange-yellow in color and is soaked in water before consumption to get the fibers out. It can then be used as an ingredient in a variety of Asian dishes. The seeds are surrounded by many light-colored fibers and the inside of the seeds contains a sweet, transparent pulp similar to that of a lychee. Both the fruit and the seeds can therefore be eaten. The inflorescence is also harvested in Asia to obtain a sweet-tasting juice. In addition, the leaves and trunk of the palm are used as construction material, so the Palmyra palm has many uses.

The species naturally grows near the coast and is used to sandy, dry conditions. The plant grows slowly, quite narrow and tall. In the tropics, it can eventually reach a height of about 30 meters, with the gray trunk consisting of many scar rings from fallen leaves. The palm is either male or female: male flowers are small and female flowers are a lot larger. After pollination, the female flowers can start to develop fruits, however in the tropics this only happens after at least 12 years.

The plant can be kept as a slow growing houseplant. It is important to use a high pot (at least 60cm), because a deep taproot is formed. In addition, provide a sunny spot and a well-drained, sandy soil. Because of the taproot the plant is sensitive to repotting, so try to do that as little as possible and do it very carefully.

Sowing description: First soak the seed in warm water for 24 hours. Then sow in a mixture of sowing mix and sand (1:1) and set aside at 30grC. When germinating, the hypocotyl will first grow downwards before forming roots and a stem. Therefore make sure you use a deep pot for germination. Or let the seed germinate in a transparent bag and transfer it to a deep pot as soon as germination is visible. With the use of a bag it might be easier to keep the temperature at a consistent level. Germination can take a long time, at least 2 to 3 months. After that, it will take some more time before the stem is formed. However, because of the size of the seed and the special germination, it is a nice challenge to try!

Sowing time: Whole year
Difficulty: Challenging
Minimum temperature: 10 degrees Celsius

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