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Artabotrys hexapetalus

Ylang-Ylang Vine

A tropical climbing shrub native to India with long-lasting, very strongly scented flowers that have intoxicating melon and citrus notes. Suitable for USDA zones 10 and above.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate.
The seed is quite hard so I notched the side with a sterile file, just enough to break though the outer coating to allow maximum water intake. Soaked in a tepid water solution (90-95 degree F) with Banrot fungicide @ 1 tsp per 1 gallon of water strength. All seed sank and expanded by 1/4 size in 24 hours. Soaked again the next day. Transfered to a ziplock bag in 3" of perlite, topped with 1" of vermecullite, all soaked in the Banrot solution. Put on a day-time-on seedling mat with a max. temp. of 81 F (27C) for ten days, checking every 3 days and spraying in more banrot sol. if needed for humidity. At this point, I ran out of space on my mats. I selected this one for some tough love and potted up the 10 plumped seeds in a soilless mix, cocopeat with perlite in 3" pots. I set their flat out amongst other starts in the nursery in dappled sun to be watered and fed with compost tea like everything else. In three months, one had popped up. Two months later, another one has come up and the mix is pushing up in several others. I am on the wet and windy side in Hawaii. Our temperatures at this locale in winter are a minimum 57F to low 80s F.
Submitted on 10/04/2011 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate.
I bought 66 seeds in a collective order. Soaked the seeds for 24 hours in hot water, but they all floated. The shiny waxcoat on the seeds changed into some gel like substance, that prevented any water to penetrate the seeds. I put them in the hotbox at 29C, in moist perlite, but nothing happened. So I took them out again, rubbed all the seeds with the rough side of a scotchbrite pad, and after 24 of soaking again, all the seeds sunk, and got about 1,5 times bigger than before. I Put them back in the hotbox again, and still nothing happened. Then I removed the hard seedcoat from 15 seeds (they look like some larvae of an insect) put them back in the hot box, and within a week 10 seeds sprouted. 5 got mouldedSo be carefull for mould when you take of the seedcoat. All together it took 4 weeks for 50 of 66 seeds, the rest got lost in the experiment)(I said Very easy, cause when you start in the right way immediatly, they sprout in 1 week)
Submitted on 04/04/2011 by Monique Kampkuiper

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Pre-soak 24 hours at least, use bottom heat 70-80F in seed starter mix (very fine peat and vermiculite). Almost 100% germination in one week - almost starts 24 hours after planting. Note that the starter shoot tends to have the seed shell attached to it resulting in an inverted "U" shape where the root and shoot tip are both underground and the tip may note break free from the shell for weeks. I have let them do it naturally and sometimes I help them by pulling up the seed and shoot. None have died yet as a result of either method.
Submitted on 08/01/2011 by Boyd Mason

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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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