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Traveller's Palm (Ravenala madagascariensis)
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A special houseplant with fan shaped leaves. Travellers in Madagascar could use the plant as drinking water and as a compass.

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2 week(s)

€ 3,50
Price per 10 seeds


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Common name:
Traveller’s Palm


Minimum temperature:
10 degrees Celsius


In many tropical regions the traveller’s palm can be found due to being planted as an ornamental plant in gardens and parks. Originally the plant comes from Madagascar where it can reach an height of up to 18 meters, however indoors the plant remains a reasonable height and makes a great houseplant. The name originates from the story in old travel books, where it was said to have great use for travellers. Water would collect in the leaf axillaries of the tree, which are quite large due to the leaf position. That water could be used as drinking water. The leaves are also said to grow in a north-south orientation so they could be used as a natural compass.

Sowing description:
Soak the seeds 24 hours in water and afterwards sow in sowing mix. Keep the soil constantly moist and covered with a layer of plastic foil or glass. Place the sown seeds in a warm spot. 

Sowing time:
Year round


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Marijke - 17-04-2020 15:39

Na een paar weken de eerste zaailing: een exemplaar zonder bladgroen! Nu deze bleekscheet zijn voorraad uit het zaad heeft opgemaakt, stopt hij met groeien. Gelukkig is er nog één zaailing opgekomen, die is groen en groeit lekker door.. De rest laat nog op zich wachten?

Milena - 01-07-2019 18:19

Hier laatst 10 zaden van binnen gekregen en ondertussen zijn er twee gekiemd! Ik vind het meer een "gemiddelde" plant wat betreft het kiemen, omdat het best wat werk kostte om deze op de juiste temperatuur te houden. Erg blij mee!

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