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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Trachycarpus martianus

Trachycarpus martianusTrachycarpus martianus or Khasia Hills Fan Palm is the highest growing palm: between 1,500 and 2,400 m which makes it probably the most frost resistant among the species trachycarpus.

Its elegant and regular fronds and ringed trunk make it also one of the prettiest.

Growth is relatively fast after the first 3 years and care easy.

There are two populations in the Himalaya: in the Khasia Hills in India and in Nepal.

The name was given in honour of a German botanist, von Martius.

Synonyms:

Chamaerops khasyana, Chamaerops martiana, Trachycarpus khasyana

Common names:

Khasia Hills Fan Palm, Martius ´Chusan Palm Martius´ Windmill Palm

Origin:

Himalaya: Khasia Hills (India) and Nepal

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8, -10 °C

Trachycarpus martianusSoil:


Well drained

Height:

12 m

Flowering:

Male and female plants.
The inflorescence emerges between the leaves, rather short.

Propagation:

Sowing

Exposure:

Sun

Germination:

A few days to 1-2 months

Sowing instructions:

  • soak 1-2 days
  • sow in humid light mix
  • 20-25 °C

Care:

  • well drained soil, acidic
  • water moderately