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Beaucarnea guatemalensis

Red Ponytail, Guatemala Ponytail

A fast growing, slender, tree-sized Beaucarnea from seasonally dry forests in Guatemala and Honduras with a fairly smooth, sparsely branching trunk that forms a large, conical base. The numerous long, curly, straplike leaves are arranged in a dense crown similar to B. recurvata. The leaves of young plants often have an attractive purplish tinge. It is an easy and rewarding plant to grow for many tropical and warm temperate regions.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The 100+ sds were soaked for 6hrs in water and then sown into a clear plastic box with commercial seed mix with 30% of perlite added. The day temp was in the mid 90F and the night was mid80F. They started popping up after just 25 days! Now 2 months later, I have 70+% germination. I have since opened the box lid and growing them as a 'com' pot. I will let them be for another 3 months before transplanting to individual pots. Growth is good and the greatest bonus is I got are 2 strong growing VARIEGATED seedlings! Haha... Thanks Toby!
Submitted on 12/09/2008 by Tog Tan, Malaysia

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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.

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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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