rooting kentia palm cuttings?

the_bent_botanistJanuary 24, 2013

hello all :)

I stepped outside today to find my dog had ripped a kentia palm out of its pot and had left branches spread all across the backyard. I figured I would attempt to save a few of the less damaged branches and try cloning them but I recall reading somewhere that kentia palm is only propagated via seed..

so my question is it even possible to have a kentia palm cutting root? and if so any advice on ideal conditions for doing so?

thankyou :)

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Palms do not reproduce from leaf cuttings (fronds).

    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 9:30AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

it thought the question was.. along the lines of segmenting the broken trunk ...???? .. and propagating that????

kinda confusing.. because i dont think of palms as branched.. as OP calls them ... so perhaps a pic would help ... clarification of terminology sure would ...

welcome to GW, bent ....


    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 10:03AM
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my bad for not being clear. I'm not familiar with the palm family or the exact terminology but yes branches was defiantly the wrong way to describe them.

basically what I have is a lot of snapped stems(?) or stalks(?) with the fronds still attached and undamaged.

will it be possible to make these root in anyway? or is a snapped palm a soon to be dead palm?

thankyou for the replies :)

    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 4:43PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

so a picture is out???

are you saying.. or trying to say.. there are multiple trunks in one pot.. and some are broken off...

and you want to know if those stems/trunks will root???

i know for sure.. in my head i pictured one solitary palm trunk.. when i tread your facts ...

i think you are confusing us.. as your name seems to imply [???] that you are a botanist.. but your use of the words. doesnt seem equivalent .. wait.. this is a pop quiz, right????.. lol


    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 5:27PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

No, those stems (petioles, rachis) will not root, ever. I understand what you're saying. The only way to reproduce this plant is by planting seeds.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 5:36AM
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