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Adansonia grandidieri

Grandidier's Baobab

Perhaps the grandest of the Baobabs, this large dry deciduous tree forms a thick, bottle-shaped, smooth, reddish-gray trunk to more than 25 m (80 ft.) tall. The attractive, large white flowers open at night. It is native to thorn forest and savannas in western Madagascar. In cultivation it does best in the dry tropics in USDA Zone 10 or above. Soak seeds in water for a day before sowing in a well draining substrate. The well-known avenue of the Baobabs near Morondava (one of Madagascar's major tourist attractions) consists of this species.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Put ten seeds in water and forgot about them for a week. When I remembered them again, I put them in soil and watered. Two days later two big sprouts have come up! Easiest seeds I have ever grown.
Submitted on 21/09/2013 by Kjersti

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Only one of eight came up... so far, after 3 weeks, the one that did, came up in a week and it is gorgeous and the 2nd set of leaves have started this moring. I am in southern Ca. I lucked out with temperatures being just right... 60's at night... 70's to 80's mopst days in the daytime... I had it in a window box greenhouse but also in a seed sprouting container with a plastic see through lid... I kept it humid... damp potting soil (miracle grow with moisture control). A few others showed signs of germination but have not sprouted yet.
Submitted on 04/04/2013 by Leigh Ann Simpson

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
recieved three seeds. soaked in warm water over night. planted the seeds in a mix of compost/pumice/ sand in equal proportions. planted the seeds a t a depth of 1 cm. watered the and kept the pots in my garden in partial sun. this was during our autumn which ranges in 25 to 35 degrees centigrade. kept watering regularly as the mix was very light and did hold much water. no saucers used under the pots. the seeds germinated within two weeks and were standing at 6 inches tall initially. the seedling went dormant during winter and dropped all the leaves. after spring as the tempreture climbed into the 30's the seedlings developed new leaves. I repoted them into a 50/50 mix of compost and perlite. the plants grow quickly to a hight of two - three feet in three months. I have planted one in the ground which is doing very well and is quit sturdy even in our hot and dry summer and stands periods of drought.
Submitted on 05/10/2011 by A.Qader Jaffer

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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