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Aiphanes horrida

Very spiny but splendid and fast growing palm for subtropical and tropical areas with curly leaves and wedge-shaped leaflets.

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I received my seeds for Aiphanes Horrida and placed them in moistened coconut fiber in a plastic bag. 5 of the 10 sprouted within a week the other 5 are showing root signs after 2 weeks. Just placed the bag on a shelf at room temperature.
Submitted on 11/11/2013 by Alan Porter

... are average to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
The seeds arrived with some germinating in the packet November 2012. Those that germinated failed to develop further, I think due to the relatively cool winter greenhouse conditions in Minnesota. The other seeds have not germinated as yet. My experience is that Aiphanes are not fast growers for me.
Submitted on 10/03/2013 by John O Wild

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Just 43 days to sprout. Temperature average about 25º C. Seedlings grows fast and are spiny from the first leaf.
Submitted on 12/09/2006 by João C. Geraldo jcgeraldi@uol.com.br

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Out of 30 seeds that were very fresh 26 germinated within 2 months of sowing in moist peat at constant 34d.C. Germination started on 4th week and was totally completed by 2 month. Seedlings are very sensitive to damping off, so be careful with them.
Submitted on 26/06/2003 by Sergei Leonov serileonov@hotmail.com

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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.

We recommend:
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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Suitable for: all

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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